Putting the Care Back in Early Care and Education

I recently ran into a neighbor, a mother of two boys under two, racing home from her job at Citigroup to take her infant for his regular appointment with the pediatrician. Just back at work after maternity leave, she had that frazzled look of the work-family juggler.

In the ECE policy arena, the “care” part of early care and education—specifically the demanding, intensive care required by infants—has long gotten short shrift. The reasons for neglect are many, and complex. Historically, the U.S. has considered child rearing a private matter, with public policies reflecting citizens’ . . . Read full article →

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Back to School: The Quest for Teacher Quality

The streets of my NYC neighborhood, deserted in the last weeks of August, are now humming with activity, as children and families return to school. This comforting ritual, as predictable as the turn of the seasons, is accompanied by the growing clamor of calls for teacher quality and accountability.

Right before school began, New York State won nearly $700 million of federal education funding in the second round of Race to the Top, made possible by legislation doubling the number of charter schools and plans to tie teacher evaluations to test scores. This, while a . . . Read full article →

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