Play on the Brain

Over at The Brilliant Blog, where journalist Annie Murphy Paul writes about how we learn, she zeroes in on a recent bit of legislative activity in New Jersey. Apparently, the Senate’s Education Committee has approved a bill, sponsored by State Senator Shirley K. Turner, which mandates a minimum of 20 minutes a day of recess for children from kindergarten through fifth grade.

New Jersey’s children are lucky to have a play advocate in the state capitol, one who’s been doing her homework, as Paul notes:

‘Studies show that recess provides students with core skills needed . . . Read full article →

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Paid Family Leave: A Work Unfinished

I recently talked with Charles Bruner, Executive Director of the Early Childhood Policy Center in Des Moines, Iowa, a former state legislator, and one of the architects of the B.U.I.L.D. initiative, which mentors states in their efforts to design and implement comprehensive early learning systems that best serve the needs of young children and families.

“Families are complex things,” he told me. “They don’t fit into regression equations very well. You’re building capacity, but its impact is not always visible. You have to keep your eye on how… this relates back to the children and their . . . Read full article →

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