Rescuing the Children of Indian Country

Record-breaking cold pummeled Indian Country this winter. Temperatures in South Dakota, where less than a third of Native American students manage to complete high school, plunged into the negative digits. Survival kits entered the daily routine.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, in late February, a Senate committee hosted a hearing on “Early Childhood Development and Education in Indian Country.” Representing the Administration for Children and Families was deputy assistant secretary Linda Smith. For this Montana native, born and raised on the Flathead Reservation, this is no terra incognita. Smith volunteered in one of the first Indian Head . . . Read full article →

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Notes from Kindergarten: A Grade in Need of a Reboot

So you thought kindergarten was a done deal. Think again. According to Raising Arizona, a report released this month by the New America Foundation, kindergarten is vulnerable. Just a handful of states (11), and the District of Columbia, author C.J. Libassi reminds us, provide free, full-day kindergarten by law. Six states have no statute requiring kindergarten.

In the words of Cathy Grace, an Arkansas girl who moved from teen parenthood to the highest reaches of the ECE advocacy community, including a stint at the Children’s Defense Fund: “This discussion around full-day kindergarten wouldn’t be happening if we . . . Read full article →

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