Head Start Leads the Way to the B.A. Babysitting, You Ask?

The value of the B.A. remains a hot-button issue in the early childhood community, as I was reminded by Lillian Mongeau, over at EdSource. Forty-eight percent of Head Start lead teachers in California now hold the degree, she reports, up from 27 percent in 2007, the year Congress last re-authorized the federal preschool program for low-income children, requiring higher credentials for its providers.

I’ve written more here than you care to know about the B.A. question, and changing the self-perceptions of ECE professionals. And I’ve argued at Read full article →

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow: An American Childhood

This morning, as I was digging into my eggs (sunny-side up), my eyes were drawn to the front page of Sunday’s New York Times. “Selling a New Generation on Guns,” screamed a headline, smack in the middle of the page. Above it, a large, full-color photograph, by Michael Molinaro of the United States Army Markmanship Unit, of junior shooters at Fort Benning, military rifles in hand. Below it, a chilling expose by Mike McIntire, which highlights the wide range of strategies employed by the firearms industry to sell guns to children from age 8 to 18. . . . Read full article →

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Squandering Our Most Valuable Resource

As our economy limps along, and the income gap grows, I found a bit of comfort—and kinship—in this weekend’s New York Times opinion piece by Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics and the author of The Price of Inequality.

Stiglitz holds forth on our nation’s rising economic inequality, which he sees as inextricably linked to our ability to recover from the greatest financial doldrums since the Depression. He highlights the decades-long “hollowing out” of the middle class, a process that has prevented their investment in the future, most notably in the form of education.

He’s joining a . . . Read full article →

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Capturing Child Well-Being: A Developmental Perspective on Data

Reading Early Childhood Risk and Reach in Louisiana, a report from the LSU/Tulane early childhood Policy and Data Center, I was struck by this quote:

Recognizing the profound importance of the early childhood period to a child in reaching his or her full potential, it is imperative that we begin to monitor specific indicators of early childhood well-being.

As states go at system building with a vengeance, data collection is at the heart of the enterprise. The most basic information–at the local level–is elusive, noted in an issue brief of the New America Foundation . . . Read full article →

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