Child care/children/early childhood development (page 10)

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    Continued success of Communities in Schools of NC

    For years, Communities in Schools of NC has worked to ensure that at-risk children throughout North Carolina receive attendance, behavioral, and coursework support. They continue to produce very impressive outcomes from their efforts. Even more noteworthy is that they subject themselves to rigorous evaluation and review, which…
    Terry Stoops, March 3, 2016
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    A cautionary pre-K tale

    Those who sing the praises of prekindergarten education might want to peruse Yale lecturer Erika Christakis’ article in the latest issue of The Atlantic. Until recently, school-readiness skills weren’t high on anyone’s agenda, nor was the idea that the youngest learners might be disqualified…
    Mitch Kokai, December 28, 2015
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    Commission urges departure from Common Core

    The North Carolina Academic Standards Review Commission published their draft Report of Findings and Recommendations (PDF).  The commission will vote on the report later today and deliver it to the NC State Board of Education for their consideration. English Language Arts The commission recommends that the…
    Terry Stoops, December 18, 2015
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    Paying for robots to read to preschoolers

    Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon documents another questionable use of federal tax dollars. The National Science Foundation is spending nearly a half a million dollars to create robots that can tell stories to preschoolers. The $440,885 project seeks to “push…
    Mitch Kokai, October 6, 2015
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    TN study: Pre-K benefits fade by third-grade

    Researchers at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Research Institute found that gains from participation in the Tennessee Voluntary Prekindergarten (TN-VPK) program did not last. In A Randomized Control Trial of a Statewide Voluntary Prekindergarten Program on Children’s Skills and Behaviors through Third Grade, researchers examined academic and behavioral measures for 1,076…
    Terry Stoops, September 30, 2015
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    CMS to create video to address transgender issues

    According to the October 2015 contracts report, the State Board of Education awarded $10,000 in federal funds to the Charlotte-Meckleburg Schools (CMS) to “complete a video and curriculum guide for addressing transgender issues in schools.” Some will question the creation of the video and curriculum guide for…
    Terry Stoops, September 24, 2015
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    Child poverty rate drops in NC

    Annie E. Casey Foundation reports that, while the child poverty rate remained flat nationwide, 2014 American Community Survey data indicate that the rate dropped in North Carolina.  The Casey Foundation notes, At the state level, child poverty rates improved in 24 states as well as…
    Terry Stoops, September 24, 2015