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Hatch Early Learning Unveils IgnitePanel

Winston-Salem, NC — Hatch Early Learning, the leading provider of comprehensive early childhood education solutions, introduces a newly enhanced IgnitePanel, an interactive touch screen display designed specifically for young learners paired with innovative, device-agnostic software. Featuring thousands of standards-aligned activities, teachers can seamlessly create and deliver fun, engaging small-group and whole-class instruction. “Every day, teachers tell us that they want

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Whitney Brothers® Live Edge Collection EarnsInterior Design Magazine 2023 Best of Year Honoree Award

Keene, NH – Acclaimed Early Learning furniture brand Whitney Brothers® today announced its new Live Edge Collection of furniture for preschool and kindergarten environments received a 2023 Best of Year Honoree award from Interior Design magazine. Now in its 18th year, Interior Design’s Best of Year contest is the preeminent global design awards program recognizing the most significant products and

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Are Local Efforts the Secret to Supporting Early Care and Education in Red States?

In one Idaho town, in the southeastern part of the state, families strive to “read, talk, play” with their children every day while the wider community marches toward its goal of achieving universal preschool. In another, located outside of Boise, a host of once-unavailable services — a food pantry, a Head Start preschool, a health center, and a migrant family

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How a Small Town in a Red State Rallied Around Universal Preschool

AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho — After reading a book about the five senses to a semicircle of rapt 4-year-olds, Abi Hawker tells the children in her afternoon preschool class that she has a surprise for them. This story was published in collaboration with The Associated Press. She drags a small popcorn maker onto the carpet and asks them to consider: Which

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We Need Better Pathways for Becoming an Early Childhood Teacher

I became an early childhood teacher because, like so many others, I dream of making abundant, equitable access to high-quality early childhood education a reality. But a major barrier persists: We don’t have nearly enough teachers, and more and more are leaving the classroom every day. Despite this challenge, the process of becoming a certified early childhood teacher is not

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How Colorado Went From ‘Laggard to Leader’ in Early Childhood Education

In late April, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis sat down at his desk to make some phone calls. The governor, on this day, was calling to deliver good news. He wanted to personally congratulate some of the 22,087 families who had matched with their first-choice provider for Colorado’s free, universal preschool program, which launches this fall. A parent named Katie, in

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What to Know About the Growing Popularity of Employer-Sponsored Child Care

The last several years have served as one prolonged watershed moment for the early care and education sector. The pandemic and its many aftershocks — including a hit to labor force participation among women and a severe early childhood staffing shortage — helped many Americans unacquainted with these issues begin to understand the integral role that early care and education

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‘The Truth Is, I Love the Work’

It’s common for parents in the United States to leave their children in the care of family, friends and neighbors. This group of caregivers actually represents the most prevalent type of non-parental child care in the U.S. But it’s a job that often goes unseen and underpaid. Many of these caregivers don’t identify as part of the child care workforce

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‘A Job That No One Sees’

In 2000, Sara Martinez — who immigrated from El Salvador to Los Angeles and was then a stay-at-home mother of three — was asked for a favor. Her neighbor, a home-based child care provider, needed support caring for the seven children she served because her husband had suddenly fallen ill. Martinez, 29 years old at the time, agreed to help.

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Are Workplace Benefits a Viable Solution to the Child Care Crisis?

Situated at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains, surrounded by old country stores and taffy shops, is a theme park that, for the staff who work there, operates like a self-contained community. Dollywood Parks and Resorts is a destination for families — “guests,” as they are better known by staff — to play, celebrate and be charmed by the

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Frog Street Pre-K Curriculum Linked to Improved School Readiness

DALLAS (PRWEB) — Frog Street, an early childhood education company designed around the latest science in early brain development, has announced the results of a study conducted by the  Johns Hopkins School of Education evaluating the efficacy of the Frog Street Pre-K curriculum with students in Texas. The study found that using  Frog Street Pre-K curriculum was associated with positive gains in

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What Happens When You Give Child Care Providers Money — With No Strings Attached?

Last year, Olivia Hernandez was weighing a difficult decision. Her family’s financial situation had deteriorated considerably, due to her husband’s partial loss of income and rising costs that forced them to agonize over every dollar. It was bad enough that she and her husband agreed she would need to give up her eight-year career as an in-home child care provider

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 Learning Without Tears Scores Big in 2023 EdTech Awards

Cabin John MD – Early learning leader, Learning Without Tears, is now among EdTech’s best and brightest, following the announcement of this year’s EdTech “Cool Tool” Awards. The company had a particularly strong showing in the 2023 EdTech Awards, where its Phonics, Reading, and MeÔ was a finalist in the Literacy/Reading Solution category and the company’s Get Set for SchoolÒ

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What Will It Take to Build a Sustainable Early Care and Education System in the US?

What will it take to build a sustainable early care and education system in the United States? That was the question I posed to leaders from the field who came together on March 8 — coincidentally, International Women’s Day — to weigh in on the issue, sharing solutions they’re seeing that seem promising, innovative and scalable. The setting for our

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Equity and Access at the Core of Learning Without Tears’ Breakthrough Literacy Program, Phonics, Reading, and Me™

Cabin John MD – Early learning leader, Learning Without Tears, today affirmed that equity and access are at the core of Phonics, Reading, and Me™—its K–3 supplemental literacy program designed to help students learn the skills they need to become proficient readers. While the content itself provides multicultural access through decodable texts and small group activities, Phonics, Reading, and Me

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The Ohio Department of Education Creates a Credential for the State’s Early Learning Teachers

ATLANTA – Cox Campus, the online learning community of the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School, has been selected by the Ohio Department of Education (DOE) to create a customized early learning credential to transform teaching practices and child literacy outcomes throughout Ohio. “Our partnership with the Ohio Department of Education is a significant step

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Who’s Looking Out for the Mental Health of Infants and Toddlers?

The last few years have been a strain on nearly everyone, with routines disrupted, social interactions curtailed, and stress and anxiety running high. There’s been much written and discussed about how those challenges have impacted students in K-12 schools and colleges — how they’re suffering in the wake of the pandemic and experiencing alarmingly high rates of mental health concerns.

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Federal Government Launches First-of-Its-Kind Center for Early Childhood Workforce

While the national labor force has long since rebounded from the pandemic, the child care sector has lagged behind, experiencing a slow recovery that continues to this day. In the three years since the arrival of COVID-19, families have struggled to find high-quality, affordable child care for their children. Child care providers have been hard-pressed to find qualified workers to

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