By Nina Martin via NPR As a neonatal intensive care nurse, Lauren Bloomstein had been taking care of other people’s babies for years. Finally, at 33, she was expecting one of her own. The prospect of becoming a mother made her giddy, her husband, Larry, recalled recently— “the happiest and most alive I’d ever seen […]
By Claudio Sanchez via NPR Some of the nation’s top researchers who’ve spent their careers studying early childhood education recently got together in Washington with one goal in mind: to cut through the fog of studies and the endless debates over the benefits of preschool. They came away with one clear, strong message: Kids who […]
By Sara Mead via U.S. News & World Report Teaching young children is hard work. It’s also highly skilled work: Effective early childhood educators need both a deep understanding of the science of child development and practical skills to interact with children, assess and support learning, and engage diverse parents. Yet they often do this […]
By Office of the Governor, Gov. Nathan Deal Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the creation of the board for the Georgia Center for Early Language and Literacy at Georgia College and State University (GCSU), an education and training center for developing literacy skills. The nine-member board will oversee the center, working to enhance the state’s […]
By Judy Kurtz via The Hill SPOTTED: Jennifer Garner making the push for early childhood education program funding while testifying at a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Thursday. “Poverty dulls the senses. It saps hope. It destroys the will,” the “Dallas Buyers Club” actress — who’s on the board of trustees for the global humanitarian […]
By Maureen Downey via AJC Two retired U.S. Army generals from Atlanta and Fayetteville write today on the importance of early care and education for our future national security. The Defense Department recently called its child care workers “critical for national security” and exempted them from the hiring freeze on federal civilian employees. In this piece, […]
Right now there’s a white-hot spotlight on access to high-quality, affordable, child care – or lack thereof. The issue has become so prevalent that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are campaigning heavily on plans aimed at easing the cost barriers many families face when searching for child care options that are both affordable AND developmentally enriching.