pre-K

OSSE’s budget robs the cradle

Last week, the D.C. Council held a hearing on the budget for the Office of the State Superintendent for Education. This was after the agency held a public briefing session for advocates and providers on to answer questions about its budget. Unfortunately, very few of our questions were answered in either of these public forums. (Read our testimony .) OSSE’s...

The Yin and the Yang of preschool

There has been a lot of talk in the past week in light of a recent Slate article by Alison Gopnik titled “Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School.” (Read the article here .) Gopnik's main point is that preschool, aka “direct instruction” (I cringe when I hear this word because no preschool has an 8-hour day consisting of sitting at...

We've reached universal Pre-K, now what?

In the District, there has been a much-needed focus in recent years on expanding access to early education – preschool and Pre-K – for all children, a key component of Mayor Gray’s Birth to 24 agenda. While he was chairman of the D.C. Council, Mayor Gray spearheaded legislation mandating universal Pre-K for all three- and four-year- olds by 2014. And...

The inevitable preschool potty lesson

In the summer of 2009, I was offered a job helping the City of Tempe, Ariz., open a brand-new preschool. Having just graduated with my degree in child development from Arizona State University, I was given the position of lead teacher of the three-year-old classroom. I was ecstatic and I wanted to be prepared. I spent the summer dedicated to...

DCPS out-of-boundary Pre-K lottery is now open!

If you have a preschool aged-child and live in the District, note that the lottery period for DCPS Pre-K (3- and 4-year-olds) is now open. It's time to shop around and find a school that works best for you and your child. Here's more information on the lottery process: http://profiles.dcps.dc.gov/ (Looks like there may be some technical problems at the...

Have we reached universal Pre-K in the District?

At his town hall meetings across the city, D.C. Council Chairman and presumed-Mayor-Elect Vincent Gray has been touting a key achievement in early childhood education. According to Gray, D.C. has reached the milestone of universal public Pre-K four years ahead of schedule. The District's Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Act of 2008 called for the city to ensure that there were...

Update: Quality indicators for Pre-K

This morning I had the opportunity to attend a demonstration of a new assessment tool for Pre-K developed by the AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation , hosted by the Fight for Children and the Early Childhood Academy Public Charter School. The new tool is called Quality Indicators and grew out of work done by AppleTree under a federal grant from...

What does quality Pre-K look like?

A late announcement: Tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Fight For Children and the AppleTree Institute for Education innovation are offering a free session to demonstrate a new observational tool for preschool and Pre-K called Quality Indicators. The tool was developed with support from the DC Partnership for Early Literacy. Early childhood providers are invited to...

Monday morning coffee break

Good morning! Is it still morning? Barely. I just had my coffee--now I'm ready to blog. This weekend, volunteers and staff at DCPS fanned out across the city to reach parents of incoming preschoolers. Chancellor Rhee called for the unprecedented door-knocking campaign to reach the parents of these youngest pupils to ensure they have all their immunizations and health forms...