Child care/children/early childhood development

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    Good News About Families

    In “Growing Up With Mom and Dad: New Data Confirm The Tide Is Turning,” the Institute for Family Studies reports that the percent of children living with two parents has increased in recent years, especially among African Americans. The author, Nicholas Zill says: It is too early…
    Jon Guze, June 18, 2021
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    National Review Editor Labels Biden Child-Care Policy ‘Folly’

    Rich Lowry of National Review Online critiques President Biden’s approach to federal child care policy. Joe Biden has a New Deal for America’s kids. He wants to spend more than $225 billion on child care for infants and toddlers, and $200 billion for free, universal preschool for three-…
    Mitch Kokai, May 12, 2021
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    Smart Start conference to feature critical race theory peddler Ibram X. Kendi

    Tom Cotton calls Ibram X. Kendi “a leading agitator for critical race theory.”  In May, he will be the headline speaker at one of the nation’s largest early education conferences.
    Terry Stoops, April 19, 2021
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    Right-of-center child care plan exposes divide

    Samuel Gregg writes for National Review Online about a philosophical divide that animates the fight over a proposal from U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney. Debates about a universal child allowance aren’t usually the occasion for a war of words among politicians, commentators, and opinion writers. Yet that’s precisely what…
    Mitch Kokai, February 25, 2021
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    Schools are closed because schools are closed

    The Charlotte Ledger Business Newsletter provides the latest example of unintended consequences: Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools seems to face an unusual dilemma: To reopen middle schools, the district needs bus drivers. But under a new federal law, many bus drivers and other workers with children can stay home and draw guaranteed…
    Joseph Coletti, November 13, 2020
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    More mask madness from NC DHHS

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) has updated the guidance on face coverings in child care facilities: The updated guidance clarifies that school-age children five (5) years or older who are in kindergarten or above are required to wear face coverings when they are or may be within six…
    Terry Stoops, September 11, 2020
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    NC DHHS: remote learning for NC Pre-K “an option of last resort and used as sparingly as possible”

    Sorry, I just need to say it again. I’m amazed that the guidance for NC Pre-K sites is so different from the requirements for K-12 public schools.  Just in case you missed it, here are the goals for state-funded preschool programs: We know that our children learn best when…
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2020
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    NC DHHS: preschool students should receive “fully in-person instruction to the fullest extent possible”

    Yesterday, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released a guidance document for NC Pre-K, our state-funded preschool program. The guidance for NC Pre-K classrooms is much different than that provided for K-12 public schools.  In fact, preschool classrooms “operating in public schools are not expected to…
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2020