St. Vrain Valley's STEM education filters down to youngest thinkers

Inside IBM's sprawling campus, James Gould gazed at the water coursing through the device he and his colleagues had constructed from the tank of an old carpet cleaner, several clear plastic CD cases, cotton-like quilt batting and lots of duct tape.

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Early childhood education makes all the difference

We have known for years that too many children lack competencies fundamental to their school success. This unfortunately happens because of things they don’t learn by age 5—most notably in the areas of spoken language and literacy, self-regulation, social-emotional competence and early math.

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Early childhood: 4K needed in S.C.

A strong system of quality, early childhood education can address various graps in school success, as studies have shown consistently positive effects of preschool.

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Maine education groups testify in favor of statewide pre-K

Education groups testified in favor of a bill Friday that would make Maine one of a handful of states offering universal pre-kindergarten, a program that President Obama has advocated nationwide.

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NIEER Report Says Preschool Funding Reached 'State Of Emergency' In 2012

States are drastically underfunding programs for their youngest learners now more than ever, according to a report released Monday, even as researchers and policymakers increasingly point to pre-school as a ladder to the middle class.

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Americans Argue About the Need for Early Schooling

The first year of school in America, known as kindergarten, usually begins between the ages of five and six. Among rich countries such a late start is something of an anomaly. Barack Obama believes it is an economic and social problem; his education secretary goes as far as to say that it is “morally indefensible”.

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Massachusetts Towns Looking for Early Education Support

Framingham, Massachusetts' B.L.O.C.K.S. preschool program is in many ways the "front line" of education, says director Rosario Alvarez-O'Neil. "We're able to figure out what we need to do with each child," she said, giving those students a critical head start once they reach grade school. But up until now, the state's early childhood education infrastructure has been underfunded compared to the K12 system, preschool advocates say.

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Capitalists for Preschool

In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for making preschool available to every 4-year-old in America, opening a welcome discussion on whether and how to make the investments needed to realize this vision.

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Few States Look to Extend Preschool to All 4-Year-Olds

President Obama’s call in his State of the Union address to “make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America” rallied advocates across the country who have long argued that inequity in education begins at a very young age. While supporters herald the plan as a way to help level the playing field for children who do not have the advantages of daily bedtime stories, music lessons and counting games at home, critics argue that providing universal preschool could result in federal money being squandered on ineffective programs.

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The Secret to Fixing Bad Schools

What would it really take to give students a first-rate education?

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