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Children with Special Health Care Needs Are More Likely to Have Adverse Childhood Experiences

By: Child Trends The prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is higher among children and youth with special health care needs than among their peers without special health care needs, according to Child Trends’ analysis of data from the 2016-17 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). The survey asks parents or guardians to report whether […]

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Data: How Reading Is Really Being Taught

By: Education Week When I first met “Juan,” then a 2nd grader, he knew about half of his consonant sounds and none of his vowels. I was a new K-5 special education teacher at the time, now more than a dozen years ago, and his initial reading assessment results looked pretty similar to those of […]

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Why Early Reading Matters

By: Georgia Trend Children who don’t read proficiently by the end of third grade are far more likely to be left behind – in many ways. The first thing to know about early literacy is that it is critically important; the next, that it connects to a whole lot of other conditions and challenges. But […]

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Kids of Color Often Shut Out of High-Quality State Preschool, Research Says

By: Education Week A study of 26 states and their preschool programs finds that as of roughly two years ago, a mere 1 percent of Latino children and just 4 percent of black children in those states were enrolled in “high-quality” state-backed early-learning opportunities.  That’s one main conclusion from a new report from the Education […]

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Infants Recognize Counting Long Before They Can Say, ‘1, 2, 3’

By: Education Week It generally takes until preschool age for children to understand that a word like “four” represents a set, but new research from Johns Hopkins University suggests infants understand the concept of counting years earlier. In a new study in the journal Developmental Science, psychology and brain science researchers Jinjing “Jenny” Wang and Lisa […]

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Marietta School System First to Offer Free Child Care to Teachers

By: Atlanta Journal Constitution Kelly Hobby moved from Miami to Cobb County four years ago to become a teacher at A.L. Burruss Elementary School in Marietta. On days when she has to go to work and students are off, Hobby is left scrambling to find someone to watch her eight-year-old daughter. With no family nearby, […]

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Isakson to Resign From Senate Citing Health Reasons

By: New York Times Senator Johnny Isakson, Republican of Georgia, announced on Wednesday that he will resign from his seat at the end of the year, citing health reasons for the decision. Mr. Isakson cited the toll from a number of health complications, including the progression of his Parkinson’s disease, a fall last month and a […]

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The Costly Burden of Day Care and Preschool

By: New York Times After the birth of her second child, Erica Jefferson of Rapid City, S.D., was faced with a choice: Pay her student loan bills or pay more than $1,000 a month for day care. She chose the latter. Keeping her job — she works as a claims processor for a funeral insurance […]

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