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New Research Confirms Third Grade Reading’s Importance PDF Print E-mail
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Original Source | Eye on Early Education
By Alyssa Haywonde, July 9, 2013

Kate-SampPhoto: Kate Samp for Strategies for ChildrenIn a new report, “Early Warning Confirmed: A Research Update on Third-Grade Reading,” the Annie E. Casey Foundation follows up on its earlier research about the importance of promoting children’s reading proficiency by the end of third grade.

The foundation’s May 2010 report “Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters” explained “the research basis for focusing on reading proficiency by the third grade as an essential step toward increasing the number of children who succeed academically” and do well in their lives and careers. That report also launched the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a national collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, states and communities to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career and active citizenship. This effort led to the creation of a network of national and local civic leaders, policymakers, advocates, community organizations and everyday people.

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New Research: Targeted Parent Training Can Help Students Focus—and Succeed! PDF Print E-mail
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Original Source | Early Ed Watch
By Conor Williams, July 8, 2013

As the Obama Administration ramps up its push for expanded early childhood education access for all children, it’s important to ensure that preschool quality remains a big part of the conversation. Fortunately, there’s good news on this front from the University of Oregon’s Brain Development Lab.

On July 1, researchers Helen Neville, Courtney Stevens, Eric Pakulak, and several co-authors published an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that studied the effects of an eight-week “family-based training program designed to improve brain systems for selective attention in preschool children.” Their research, part of a longer project, showed that targeted parent training led to sustained improvements in student focus, better performance on language and IQ assessments and reductions in parental stress.

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States revive preschool funding as economies recover PDF Print E-mail
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Original Source | USA Today
By Kimberly Railey, July 5, 2013

Levi-Misty-BrothersLevi Brothers, his mom, Misty Brothers, right, and his preschool teacher, Melia Minor, are photographed at Albertville Community Learning Center in Albertville, Ala., on June 30. (Photo: Jamie Brothers photo)When Misty Brothers enrolled her 5-year-old son, Levi, in pre-kindergarten last year, math and writing weren't the only skills he picked up. At his Albertville, Ala., preschool, Levi also learned classroom etiquette and how to work with other kids.

"It was a huge advantage," Brothers says. "I wish all kids had that benefit."

As Congress evaluates the Obama administration's plans for universal preschool, several states are already inching toward that goal.

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan works to sell Obama administration’s preschool initiative PDF Print E-mail
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Original Source | The Washington Post
By Lyndsey Layton, June 13, 2013

Arne Duncan woke at 5:30 a.m. in his Arlington County home, was driven to the airport and folded his 6-foot-5 frame into an aisle seat in coach. The education secretary buckled his seat belt and tilted his head back for a short flight to Atlanta, another stop in his uphill effort to sell the Obama administration's next big idea: pre-kindergarten for every 4-year-old in the country.

The pitch on this day was to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican inclined toward the notion but dead-set against raising taxes to pay for it.

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Kitzhaber: Support president's plan for early learning PDF Print E-mail
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Original Source | Statesman Journal
By Governor John A. Kitzhaber, June 6, 2013

As governor, I am committed to investing in early childhood because I know that students who have opportunities for quality education early on are more successful in school, life and as contributors to Oregon's communities.

It doesn't matter if they're in Salem, Beaverton, Canyonville or Coos Bay — children who have regular learning opportunities at an early age will be better students, strengthen Oregon's workforce and stay out of the justice system.

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