Screens 'R' Us: The High Cost of Lost Face Time

In their earliest months and years, children’s interactions with familiar, sensitive, and stimulating caregivers fuel their social, emotional and intellectual growth, with enduring effects on their future development, learning, and academic capacities. Smiles, funny faces, the voices of the ones who love them are the stuff that count for the blossoming infant. The process of bonding, or attunement, is the first order or business, as parents and babies begin their duet. Through delicate and nuanced choreography, infants and mothers forge a relationship, with both partners building what psychologist Erik Erikson called “basic trust, “ a sense of security and optimism . . . Read full article →

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For A Seat at the Table, ECE Needs to Lean In

Professional development is one of my great passions. The subject commands a disproportionate amount of space right here. But as far as I’m concerned, this linchpin of quality can never get enough attention. And that must continue to be the case as early care and education assumes a more prominent place on the federal policy agenda.

So I was riveted by “Sit at the Table,” Chapter II of Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. In case you’ve been too busy doing the most important work in the world—where . . . Read full article →

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Jon Stewart's PSA for Early Ed

I hadn’t heard Stewart’s hysterical homage to preschool before I held forth on the perils and promise of ECE. Wish I had. Advocacy goes down better with gut-busting laughter; I could definitely get used to that.

The Daily Show’s brief couldn’t be more spot on. “The sequester is really a battle about government funding priorities,” said Stewart, opening the segment with Obama’s declaration to make preschool available to all American children. He then moved on to skewering the critics, tackling the fade-out question, and implying, if unintentionally, that we need to look at the quality of . . . Read full article →

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ECE at the Table: The Perils and Promise

Scarcely a month has passed since President Obama made history, uttering the words “universal preschool.” How startling to see early education plastered all over the media. I knew ECE had really made it into the big-time when I read these words in a piece about Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the new choice for budget director: “… Obama is eager to get on with the rest of his agenda—including immigration, gun safety and early education initiatives…”

But be careful what you wish for. With a seat at the table comes accountability, and exposure to the icy, . . . Read full article →

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