Pre-K & Early Childhood


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    Child care staff report rising levels of anxiety and depression

    The Rapid Survey Project says material hardship among child care professionals is contributing to worsening mental health.

    By June 5, 2024
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    Test yourself on this week’s K-12 news

    From playtime strategies to budget compromises, what did you learn from our recent stories?

    By May 31, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from K-12 Dive

    K-12 Dive has gathered some a selection of our best coverage from 2024 so far as a one-stop resource on the trends to watch in the months ahead.

    By K-12 Dive staff
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    Test yourself on this week’s K-12 news

    From cybersecurity proposals to progress on school integration, what did you learn from our recent stories?

    By May 17, 2024
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    Study finds uncertainty with long-term benefits of preschool

    While the short-term effectiveness of pre-K is well-documented, more research is needed about successful outcomes in school and beyond, researchers say.

    By May 15, 2024
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    Educator strategies for incorporating SEL in class and at home

    Here’s what educators need to know about SEL to help students build a solid foundation for success in the classroom and beyond.

    April 29, 2024
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    Test yourself on this week’s K-12 news

    From preschool enrollment changes to finalized Title IX regulations, what did you learn from our recent stories?

    By April 26, 2024
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    Preschool enrollment, state spending hit record highs

    Preschool participation grew 7% in 2022-23 year over year, with percentages of enrolled 3-and 4-year-olds at all-time highs.

    By April 22, 2024
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    Special education population rose 2% between 2020 and 2021

    In total, 7.8 million children and young adults received specialized services under IDEA in 2021, according to the Education Department’s annual report.

    By April 5, 2024
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    Setting the stage for early childhood success with structured and stable learning environments

    Ensuring there is structure and stability in school and home environments can help set the stage for well-rounded early childhood progress.

    March 25, 2024
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    Bringing joy and learning to preschoolers through science lessons

    Exploring broad scientific concepts can build teachers' confidence and deepen students' foundational learning, an early childhood expert says.

    By March 20, 2024
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    We want to hear about your school district’s rising leaders

    Tell us about the innovative leaders in your schools for our fourth annual spotlight on assistant principals and district administrators.

    By March 19, 2024
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    [Podcast] Building Bridges: Strengthening the Educator-Caregiver Partnership

    In this three-part series, we focus on early childhood education. Topics covered include social-emotional learning, kindergarten readiness, and speech and language delays.

    Updated March 25, 2024
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    Biden’s State of the Union: High-quality tutoring is in, book bans are out

    Most of President Joe Biden’s speech touched on similar education policies as previous years. His brief pushback on book bans, however, marked a new addition.

    By March 8, 2024
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    Test yourself on this week’s K-12 news

    From chronic absenteeism rates to proposals for paid pregnancy leave for educators, what did you learn from our recent stories?

    By March 8, 2024
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    Head Start funding not keeping pace with rising child poverty rates

    A U.S. Government Accountability Office report stressed the need to target Head Start services more effectively and to equitably distribute grants.

    By March 4, 2024
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    How one school scaled up science of reading professional development

    A New Mexico school supported teacher training, switched its reading and writing curricula, and altered its schedule to boost reading proficiency.

    By Feb. 28, 2024
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    Is the end of federal relief money worsening a child care crisis?

    Staff shortages, low pay and a lack of affordable options for families are leading to underenrollment, according to a NAEYC survey.

    By Feb. 27, 2024
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    Test yourself on this week’s K-12 news

    From a costly and illegal teachers strike to a controversial regulation’s advancement to the White House, what did you learn from our recent stories?

    By Feb. 9, 2024
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    Head Start, community colleges partner to expand affordable child care access

    The “Kids on Campus” campaign includes a user guide with model programs and recommendations for launching successful partnerships.

    By Feb. 8, 2024
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    Enrollment takes slight turn up, but still lags behind pre-pandemic levels

    Pre-K-12 rolls remained 2% lower than 2019 levels, at 49.6 million, continuing a public school enrollment trend that began in fall 2020.

    By Feb. 5, 2024
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    The K-12 outlook for 2024: Funds are waning, challenges aren’t

    We've gathered our trends to watch, leaders to follow and more in one place to help you stay ahead of the game.

    By K-12 Dive staff • Jan. 31, 2024
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    Hate crimes more than double at schools, FBI reports

    Schools were the third most common known location for hate crimes in 2023, and a frequent location for hate crimes against Black, Jewish and LGBT individuals.

    By Jan. 30, 2024
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    Young students still lag on school readiness post-pandemic

    Some recent math and reading assessment data for grades K-2 show "no sign of recovery," according to Curriculum Associates.

    By Jan. 26, 2024
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    GOP lawmakers say Head Start wage increase proposal is ‘misguided’

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed a rule in November to raise average Head Start wages by more than $10,000 a year.

    By Jan. 23, 2024
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    Child care experts offer optimism amid growing challenges

    Increased advocacy is a hopeful sign even as some providers report cutting wages and salary increases or serving fewer children, said one industry insider.

    By Jan. 10, 2024