preschool

More research cites lasting benefits of preschool

A new study about the benefits of preschool for low-income children is making headlines today -- but it's old news to us. A pile of research going back more than a decade have shown that public investments in early care and education, including but not exclusively preschool, give children a lifelong boost and bring long-term cost savings to society. This...

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...

Parent engagement as a key factor in early care and education

My colleague, Aparna, who has a nearly two-year-old daughter in child care, reminded me today of an interesting situation that often happens in early childhood: separation anxiety. As a former preschool teacher, I know the scenario very well. Parents often establish a daily routine for dropping off their children at child care or preschool, routines varying from child to child,...

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...

What does "quality" preschool mean in D.C.?

One of our goals with "Little Citizens, Big Issues" is to showcase diverse voices and viewpoints from the community on issues affecting young children in the District. This post is by Jack McCarthy, managing director of AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation. In Washington, D.C., two of every three babies are born to single mothers who live in poverty. That’s more...

Blended PreK: a quiet revolution for DCPS

Fifty-six years after the District of Columbia moved to desegregate its schools, a new wave of integration will quietly sweep DCPS this fall with the incoming preschool class. This time it's not about race, but income. For the first time, in the District's Title I schools, three- and four-year-olds will be assigned to blended classrooms that include both low-income students...