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The Hechinger Report

Jackie Mader

23 July 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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Ready4K has turned into a successful combination of technology and education for the San Francisco Unified School District, and for many more schools and districts, after educators saw the effectiveness and accessibil...

The Hechinger Report

Gail Robinson

10 May 2020

New York, United States

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Students in the Mineola school district had a head start when schools around the country switched to online classes as a result of the coronavirus? Since 2017, students as young as kindergarteners have been learning t...

Chalkbeat

Stephanie Wang

6 April 2020

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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Preschool teachers in Indianapolis are helping their young students cope with the sudden changes in their learning environment by focusing on activities that nurture their students and reinforce some elements of norma...

The Believer

Lorraine Boissoneault

1 April 2020

Menominee, Wisconsin, United States

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Efforts are underway on the Menominee Reservation in northeastern Wisconsin to preserve the at-risk language of Menominee. That looks like conducting school entirely in Menominee, printing Menominee-language books, up...

The New York Times

Dan Levin

23 February 2020

Elizabethton, Tennessee, United States

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In Carter County, Tennessee, where an opioid crisis is underway, elementary-aged children and teenagers are being taught how to administer the overdose reversal nasal spray, Narcan. Although this strategy has faced op...

St. Albert Today

Jennifer Henderson

12 February 2020

Quebec, Quebec, Canada

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By expanding childcare access and reducing costs, Quebec has seen a steep increase in the percentage of women actively involved in its workforce. Could this system, which has been financially sustainable as a result o...

The Hechinger Report

Jackie Mader

8 February 2020

Everett, Washington, United States

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In Washington state, a school specifically for kindergartners focuses on play-based instruction. English language learners at the school are making impressive progress under this model, teachers say.

KPBS Public Media

Max Rivlin-Nadler

4 February 2020

Tijuana, Mexico

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"The Nest" in Tijuana is a space for migrant children to relax and be themselves during a very stressful time. "The Nest" was established by the Pedagogical Institute of Los Angeles and sits across the street from a s...

The Hechinger Report

Emily Kaplan

3 February 2020

Manchester, Kentucky, United States

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A number of barriers prevent young children in Appalachia from enrolling in formal preschool classes. In response, a fleet of buses is traveling to remote communities to teach students academic and social skills.

The Atlantic

Alia Wong

9 December 2019

Hawaii, United States

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Experiential and immersive learning preserves indigenous cultures and languages. After nearly being lost by the mid-twentieth century, the Hawaiian language has seen a resurgence thanks to the culture-based educationa...

CNN

Alaa Elassar

20 November 2019

Syria

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Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee created a special show for displaced Syrian children conducted entirely in Arabic. The show teaches children lessons like counting and the alphabet, but it also t...

60 Minutes

Lesley Stahl

17 November 2019

Jordan

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Sesame Street has long been used as an educational tool for children throughout the U.S., but a partnership between the International Rescue Committee and Sesame Workshop is expanding the reach of the popular televisi...

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Megan Clement

15 November 2019

Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

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The Brazilian city of Recife is tackling violence prevention by focusing on early-childhood education through a program called Urban95. In addition to painting the streets and buildings bright colors, Urban95 offers a...

The Hechinger Report

Jackie Mader

31 October 2019

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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With $14 million in public and private funding, Cleveland transformed its early childhood education offerings in just five years. The partnership called PRE4CLE provided intensive support and funding for staff educati...

Al Jazeera

Priti Salian

10 October 2019

Arnsberg, Germany

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At a German preschool, an intergenerational mentoring program pairs community members with young children to productively talk about complex life concepts such as illness and death. Studies have shown that such progra...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Krista Johnson

4 October 2019

Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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Kids in high-income families hear about 2,000 words every hour, whereas kids in low-income families hear about 600 in the same amount of time. Alabama is rolling out a program to close the language acquisition gap for...

Quartz

Annabelle Timsit

11 September 2019

Qatar

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In the Academyati model used in Qatar, teachers reject the traditional memorization model and personalize "academic journeys" for students that emphasize the development of empathy and relationships.

Missoulian

Matt Hoffman

19 August 2019

Billings, Montana, United States

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A six-week, half-day kindergarten jumpstart program in Billings, Montana is helping students to get acclimated to the classroom before formally entering school. While the "preschool-lite" offerings are not meant as a ...

KXAN-TV

Erin Cargile

Juan Salinas

18 August 2019

California, United States

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In a preschool outside of San Francisco, mental health consultants are sitting in on classes and meeting one on one with teachers to help them build strong relationships with their students.

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Abbagail Leon

14 August 2019

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Family resource centers across Maricopa County in Phoenix offer services to children, parents, and guardians in a holistic approach to child development. Programs that they host include parenting classes, a library, a...

Quartz

Annabelle Timsit

29 July 2019

United States

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Educators working full-time in Bright Horizons private child care centers get free tuition for an early child care education bachelor's degree, provided that they work for the company for at least 18 months following ...

The New York Times

Conor Williams

9 July 2019

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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In Washington D.C., public preschool teachers are paid similar salaries to public elementary school teachers and each pre-K site receives Head Start funding. The system, which starts with three-year-olds, is getting e...

The Hechinger Report

Peggy Barmore

8 July 2019

Lewisburg, West Virginia, United States

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In West Virginia, educators have seen promising results from their push to emphasize the importance of creating smooth transitions between home, preschool, and kindergarten classrooms. The state offers free preschool ...

The Washington Post

Susan Svrluga

8 July 2019

Newtown, Connecticut, United States

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After losing their children at Sandy Hook, many parents began receiving heavy online harassment, including death threats. But then they began to fight back. As a founder of the HONR Network, Lenny Pozner and other par...

The New York Times

Nellie Bowles

7 July 2019

Fowler, California, United States

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Online kindergarten readiness certificate programs in several states are offering low-income families, without reliable preschool programs, an alternative to expensive private care centers. Acknowledging criticism of ...

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