New Report on the State of America’s Children

The Children's Defense Fund has released its State of America's Children report. The report includes stories, statistics, data and trends that show how children across the country are without the basic building blocks they need to thrive.  In addition, the report provides state-by-state fact sheets to explore data for the children living in each state, […]

Governor Cuomo’s Child Care Task Force

The final recommendations from Governor Cuomo's Child Care Availability Task Force are due to the governor by the end of this year. The task force was launched in 2018 to develop solutions that will improve access to quality, affordable child care in New York. Check out a recent article from Gotham Gazette to learn more.

New Research Explores Instructional Leadership in NYC’s Pre-K for All

The Institute’s New York City Early Childhood Research Network brings research scientists and public agency leaders together to learn from each other, conduct research, and consider findings and their implications for public policy. A new Research Network study conducted by researchers from  Bank Street Center on Culture, Race & Equity and National Center for Children […]

Teachers Speak Out

This week, Defending the Early Years (DEY) launched its two-minute documentary, “Teachers Speak Out”. In this first mini-documentary, public school kindergarten teacher, Bianca Tanis, discusses the hijacking of early education and the growing crisis among early learners. Too many children are being identified as having special needs or behavioral issues when they simply need to […]

The Disappearance of Child-Directed Activities and Teachers’ Autonomy

A recent report released from Defending the Early Years documents survey results of kindergarten teachers about the disappearance of child-directed activities. The report finds that schools in the wealthiest and poorest school districts in Massachusetts have reduced the amount of time kindergartners have for child-directed activities such as free play, rest, recess, snack and lunch. […]

Good Leaders Make Good Schools

A column in the Op-Ed section of the New York Times (David Brooks, March 12th) discusses how strong leadership improves city schools. The article highlights schools in Washington, New Orleans, and Chicago that have increased test scores, increased graduation rates, and an increased percentage of students going to two – or four-year colleges directly after […]

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton

Two renowned scientists died yesterday.  One was Dr. T. Berry Brazelton.  He was a pediatrician.  Actually, he was this nation’s pediatrician.  I had the distinct honor of spending some time with Dr. Brazelton and I have always felt that he single-handedly changed the way this country understands infant children.   He also was the person who […]

Research on the Positive Effects of Early Childhood Education

A study by Georgetown University and a study by the National Institutes of Health highlight the positive effects of high quality early childhood education. According to the research from Georgetown University, eighth graders who attended Oklahoma’s universal pre-K program as 4 year olds had higher math scores, were more likely to enroll in honor classes, […]

Educational Spotlight on Pre-K Teacher

An article from the Observer features a spotlight on Ellen Foley, a Pre-K teacher at Fredonia Central School District. Ellen introduces her students to their first public school experience through play, exploration, and discovery. The classroom is interactive and full of independent play activities, class pets, puzzles, books, and objects to explore. Ellen greets her […]

Sesame Street in Communities: Caring and Responsive Engagement Program (C.A.R.E.)

The Institute is pleased to share the result of a recent project with the Sesame Workshop. Our Informal Family Child Care Project worked with Sesame Workshop to help them create a piece about informal (friend, family, and neighbor) caregivers for their Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC) initiative. SSIC provides short informative videos designed to support […]