Why it's never too early to start reading with your kids

My first child and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince debuted to the world within a few hours of each other. I admit I was a bit surprised when my husband left me and our sleeping newborn at the hospital so he could pick up our pre-ordered copy at the bookstore. When I awoke from a nap, I found him sitting in the vinyl hospital chair, swaddled daughter cradled in one hand and hard cover Harry propped open in the other. He was reading aloud, and our new baby was mesmerized.


Gov. Tom Wolf asking for $90 million more for preschool programs

Governor Tom Wolf plans to ask the General Assembly to invest another $60 million into state funding for preschool programsin 2016-17 on top of $30 million more that he didn't get in this year's unfinished budget. At an event in Philadelphia on Thursday, Wolf made a pitch to try to gain support for this proposed investment that would raise the current state funding for preschool programs of $166.5 million to $256.3 million next year if fully realized.


The biggest public policy mistake we're continuing to make, year after year

It is widely agreed that while we do not seek equal outcomes in America, we do aspire to equal opportunity, at least in theory. We have, however, never come close to that ideal, particularly as regards minorities and those with few resources. A great way to correct that is to invest more national resources in early childhood education.


The new preschool is crushing kids

Step into an American preschool classroom today and you are likely to be bombarded with what we educators call a print-rich environment, every surface festooned with alphabet charts, bar graphs, word walls, instructional posters, classroom rules, calendars, schedules, and motivational platitudes—few of which a 4-year-old can "decode," the contemporary word for what used to be known as reading.


Examining quality across the preschool-to-third-grade continuum

For the past several decades, United States policymakers at every level have highlighted the need to close the educational achievement gaps between racial and socioeconomic groups. One much-needed improvement is better alignment across the preschool-to-third-grade continuum. Knowing that gaps begin before children enter kindergarten, understanding what children experience as they enter their formal education is vital in order to inform policies that can improve alignment across the early learning and K-12 education systems and ultimately support better outcomes for all children.