Special Announcement: A New “Birth-Age Five” Program Funding Opportunity

 Grants for Preschool Development Under New Birth Through Age Five Program On Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education announced a funding opportunity, the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) program. This announcement solicits applications from 50 states and 6 territories. States and territories can apply for as […]

From Age 3-35: Here’s How We Facilitate Student Achievement and Positive Outcomes

A new study, published in JAMA Pediatrics on the Chicago Child-Parent Center Program[CPC] finds program participants were more likely to earn post-secondary degrees than their counterparts who were not enrolled. The study is the first to examine a large scale PreK-3rd grade intervention and its effects on educational attainment through midlife. The Chicago CPC program is an early […]

On Eliminating The ‘Word Gap’

  It is a known fact that children from disadvantaged families and homes have access to larger, stronger and more complex vocabularies upon entry into kindergarten. As opposed to more economically secure families and backgrounds, lower income infants hear much fewer words per day by the age of three. This is called, “the word gap”. […]

Why Do 13 Million Children Come To School Hungry?

As a former middle school teacher, I had students who would come to school hungry. I am certain because, while students were silently doing classwork, on occasion, I could hear the sounds of growling stomachs. The entire class heard the sounds. Actually, it was more like ‘howling’ that echoed throughout the classroom, disrupting the ‘early morning calm’. There was an […]