What’s the Best Way to Find a Gifted 4-Year-Old?

New York City has abandoned its test to screen for gifted and talented children. Now the responsibility of choosing students falls squarely on teacher recommendations.

#adams-eric-l, #banks-david-c-1962, #education-pre-school, #education-department-nyc, #gifted-students, #new-york-city

Pre-K Is Powerful, but Only if You Do It Right

Low-quality pre-K programs can be worse than useless. High-quality ones can change lives.

#american-families-plan-2021, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #juvenile-delinquency

New York City to Expand Gifted and Talented Program but Scrap Test

The mayor unveiled a plan to add seats in the highly selective program for both kindergartners and third graders and to permanently replace an admissions test with universal screening.

#adams-eric-l, #banks-david-c-1962, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #education-department-nyc, #gifted-students, #new-york-city, #tests-and-examinations, #united-federation-of-teachers

The Ukrainian Refugee Crisis Is a Women’s Crisis

A wave of displaced women and children into Poland is forcing the country to address its lack of protections for working women.

#child-care, #education-pre-school, #parenting, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #warsaw-poland, #women-and-girls

Child Care: Where Republicans and Democrats Agree and Differ

In a new bill, Republican senators adopted many of the Democrats’ goals, but they remain far apart on elements like how to pay for it.

#child-care, #children-and-childhood, #education-pre-school, #families-and-family-life, #law-and-legislation, #parenting, #united-states-politics-and-government

Preschoolers Can Shed Their Masks, Mayor Adams Says

New York City plans to end the mask requirement for the city’s youngest children on April 4 if coronavirus cases remain low.

#adams-eric-l, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-pre-school, #masks, #new-york-city

How to Fix Child Care Before the Next Pandemic Wave

January was awful for parents and caregivers. We can do better.

#amazon-com-inc, #child-care, #cnbc, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #education-pre-school, #internal-sub-only-nl, #parenting, #starbucks-corporation, #vaccination-and-immunization

Rethinking U.S. Rules on International Travel

Readers discuss testing requirements and suggest a quarantine. Also: Outdoor dining; universal pre-K; Roe v. Wade; machines and morality; Gil Hodges.

#abortion, #artificial-intelligence, #baseball, #coaches-and-managers, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #halls-of-fame, #hodges-gil, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vermont

Social Welfare Can Break the Intergenerational Cycle of Poverty

Intervening in children’s lives early can help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

#children-and-childhood, #education-pre-school, #food-stamps, #poverty, #welfare-us

What’s in the $2.2 Trillion Social Policy and Climate Bill

The package includes $400 billion to bolster support for children and families, $555 billion for climate change programs and $166 billion in housing aid.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #democratic-party, #education-pre-school, #federal-aid-us, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #house-of-representatives, #immigration-and-emigration, #income-tax, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

Faith Groups Push to Scrap New Mandates in Biden’s Child Care Plan

A nondiscrimination provision in the $1.85 trillion social policy bill could disqualify some religious organizations, which provide more than half of child care programs in the United States.

#americans-with-disabilities-act, #children-and-childhood, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #education-pre-school, #faith-based-initiatives, #freedom-of-religion, #law-and-legislation, #religion-and-belief, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Public Preschool Can Help, and How to Make Sure It Doesn’t Hurt

Congress is considering universal pre-K and subsidies for child care. Research shows how these policies can benefit children, and when they can backfire.

#child-care, #children-and-childhood, #education-pre-school, #families-and-family-life, #research, #teachers-and-school-employees

Facing Moderate Revolt, Democrats Put Social Policy Bill on Hold

Leaders pressed for a vote on a separate infrastructure bill, but the fate of both measures was in doubt amid party divisions, despite pleas from President Biden.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #congressional-budget-office, #democratic-party, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #education-pre-school, #global-warming, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #jayapal-pramila, #law-and-legislation, #paid-time-off, #pelosi-nancy, #taxation, #united-states-politics-and-government

Democrats, Stung by Electoral Losses, Press Forward on Biden Agenda

Disappointed by a loss in Virginia and a closer-than-expected race in New Jersey, Democrats were working toward quick action on key bills to show they could govern.

#casey-robert-p-jr, #democratic-party, #education-pre-school, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #malinowski-tom, #manchin-joe-iii, #new-jersey, #pelosi-nancy, #republican-party, #senate, #stefanik-elise, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

What the Democrats’ Plan Would Do for Parents

Paid family leave was dropped. Public pre-K and subsidized child care remain, and could substantially lower the cost of raising children.

#american-families-plan-2021, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #education-pre-school, #families-and-family-life, #parenting, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Spending Too Little Could Backfire on Democrats

Legislative compromises could complicate the Biden administration’s efforts to expand the social safety net.

#democratic-party, #education-pre-school, #senate, #welfare-us

Pre-K, Child Care and Other Priorities

Readers discuss the social programs in the budget bill and negotiations about what to trim. Also: Dave Chappelle; ride-sharing.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #chappelle-dave, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #comedy-and-humor, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #federal-budget-us, #manchin-joe-iii, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Is Raising a Child in the United States So Hard?

Family welfare policies never took off in the United States as they did in the rest of the wealthy world. Some Democrats think the country is ready.

#child-care, #child-tax-credits-and-stipends, #day-care-centers, #debatable, #education-pre-school, #family-leaves, #paid-time-off, #welfare-us

How West Virginia Established Universal Pre-K

A program in West Virginia, partially rolled out while Joe Manchin was governor, could be a model for the nation. But there were challenges, including the 10 years it took to establish.

#american-families-plan-2021, #education-pre-school, #head-start-program, #manchin-joe-iii, #west-virginia

Of Four Family Policies in Democrats’ Bill, Which Is Most Important?

We asked 18 academics what they would choose if they could pick only one, as Senator Manchin has reportedly advised.

#child-care, #child-tax-credits-and-stipends, #education-pre-school, #families-and-family-life, #income-inequality, #manchin-joe-iii, #parenting, #united-states-politics-and-government

Child Care Has High Costs for Parents, Low Wages for Staff

President Biden’s social policy legislation aims to address a problem that weighs on many families — and the teachers and child care centers serving them.

#child-care, #education-pre-school, #federal-aid-us, #greensboro-nc

How Other Nations Pay for Child Care. The U.S. Is an Outlier.

Rich countries contribute an average of $14,000 per year for a toddler’s care, compared with $500 in the U.S. The Democrats’ spending bill tries to shrink the gap.

#child-care, #children-and-childhood, #denmark, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #families-and-family-life, #united-states-economy

House Panels Start Writing $3.5 Trillion Social Policy and Climate Bill

Five committees will start drafting the components of Democrats’ far-reaching legislation in an arduous process that could take several days.

#democratic-party, #education-pre-school, #federal-taxes-us, #global-warming, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #house-committee-on-ways-and-means, #house-of-representatives, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #pelosi-nancy, #senate, #tuition, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vocational-training

Turning Child Care Into a New Cold War

Republicans talk a good game about families. And then stiff them.

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #families-and-family-life, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

5 Tips for Taming Back-to-School Anxiety

After months at home, some children may feel anxious about going to school or camp. Here’s how to smooth the transition.

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #parenting, #psychology-and-psychologists

America Is Brutal to Parents. Biden Is Trying to Change That.

We’re finally on the cusp of a humane family policy.

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #day-care-centers, #education-pre-school, #families-and-family-life, #family-leaves, #murray-patty, #republican-party, #schlafly-phyllis, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us, #women-and-girls

Biden’s American Families Plan Should Give Power to Parents

Biden gets family policy half right.

#american-families-plan-2021, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #domestic-policy-council-us, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #families-and-family-life, #parenting, #pew-research-center, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Helping Families Will Help Create Jobs

Parents in other rich countries can take paid work because they have affordable child care. In the U.S. such care is prohibitively expensive.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #education-pre-school, #federal-taxes-us, #labor-and-jobs

Biden $1.8 Trillion Plan: Child Care, Student Aid and More

The proposed American Families Plan would expand access to education and child care. It would be financed partly through higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

#american-families-plan-2021, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #colleges-and-universities, #community-colleges, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #families-and-family-life, #federal-taxes-us, #income-inequality, #infrastructure-public-works, #labor-and-jobs, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

A 4-Year-Old Child Is Not a Problem. And Expulsion Is Not a Solution.

There is an effective approach to breaking the preschool-to-prison pipeline.

#anxiety-and-stress, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting, #teachers-and-school-employees

Biden Plots a Revolution for America’s Children

National pre-K and affordable day care don’t have to be a dream.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #poverty, #united-states-politics-and-government

Susan Feingold Dies at 95; Helped Give New York Children a Head Start

Her Bloomingdale Family Program provided preschoolers with a haven where there hadn’t been one before. It became a model for similar efforts under Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty.

#bloomingdale-family-program, #children-and-childhood, #deaths-obituaries, #education-pre-school, #feingold-susan-1924-2020, #head-start-program, #new-york-city

Chicago Teachers Tentatively Agree to Return to Classrooms

If approved, the deal would avert a strike and allow some students to receive in-person instruction starting this week.

#chicago-ill, #chicago-teachers-union, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #lightfoot-lori, #teachers-and-school-employees

Biden Should Go Big, and Then Brag About It

Voters in both red and blue states have revealed what they want from government.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #family-leaves, #minimum-wage, #presidential-election-of-2020, #referendums, #republican-party, #united-states-economy, #voting-and-voters

Reopening Whiplash in New York City

Schools will reopen as abruptly as they closed — but only for some.

#baltimore-md, #children-and-childhood, #college-athletics, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #education, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #football-college, #fuller-sarah-athlete, #new-york-city, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #teachers-and-school-employees

The Year in Pandemic Parenting

Scenes and snippets from families across the country.

#anxiety-and-stress, #babies-and-infants, #black-people, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-pre-school, #families-and-family-life, #family-leaves, #grandparents, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #single-mothers, #women-and-girls

Parenting During the Pandemic: Stories From Families Across America

Scenes and snippets from families across the country.

#anxiety-and-stress, #babies-and-infants, #black-people, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-pre-school, #families-and-family-life, #family-leaves, #grandparents, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #single-mothers, #women-and-girls

How an Oregon Measure for Universal Preschool Could Be a National Model

Creators of the Portland-area approach tried to avoid the pitfalls of similar policies elsewhere, and are giving teachers large raises.

#child-care, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #portland-ore, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Beloved Teacher Died From the Virus. Now Her School Confronts Reopening.

At Public School 9 in Brooklyn, students will start each day by talking about how they are feeling and will take breaks for movement and meditation.

#brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #principals-school

A Beloved Teacher Died From the Coronavirus. Now Her School Confronts Reopening.

At Public School 9 in Brooklyn, students will start each day by talking about how they are feeling and will take breaks for movement and meditation.

#brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #principals-school

Sometimes It’s Not Just Shyness

Selective mutism is a common anxiety condition whereby kids who are normally chatty at home clam up around outsiders or at school.

#anxiety-and-stress, #child-mind-institute, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #mutism, #parenting, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #voice-and-speech

100 N.Y.C. School Buildings Have Already Reported a Positive Case

Nearly all the buildings remained open, following city guidelines that say only those schools with two cases in different classrooms will shut.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees

N.Y.C. Schools Reopen for a First Day Unlike Any Other

Up to 90,000 in pre-K as well as students with advanced disabilities streamed into about 700 school buildings for in-person classes.

#barr-william-p, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #education-department-nyc, #new-york-city, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #watches-and-clocks

Parents Join Forces to Rethink ‘Back to School’

Instead of classrooms, some children are heading to learning pods that will be held in repurposed living rooms, cleaned-out barns and even tree houses.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Why Are Child Care Programs Open When Schools Are Not?

Society’s perception of child care being of lesser quality to education has rarely been so pronounced.

#child-care, #children-and-childhood, #day-care-centers, #education, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school

How to Handle Anxiety Over Back-to-School Decisions

While parents may be feeling unsure about school options this fall, there are ways to feel better as you make the tough decision.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #parenting

Biden Announces $775 Billion Plan to Help Working Parents and Caregivers

In a speech in Delaware, Joseph R. Biden Jr. outlined proposals covering care for small children, older adults and family members with disabilities.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-care, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-pre-school, #labor-and-jobs, #new-castle-del, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-economy

I Never Expected to Love Full-Time Motherhood

A queer woman who once shunned tradition discovers domestic calm in uncertain times.

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-pre-school, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture

With Caution and Creativity, Day Cares Prepare to Reopen

Isolation rooms, crib dividers and designated school shoes are just a few examples of the health measures that child care centers are taking.

#child-care, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #day-care-centers, #education-pre-school

Should the Child Care Industry Get a Bailout?

Democrats propose $50 billion for a business that is in danger of widespread failure — and that many parents need before they can return to work.

#child-care, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #delauro-rosa-l, #education-pre-school, #murray-patty, #united-states-politics-and-government