AzAEYC News ~ 2013


Kindergarten Is Too Late - We Need to Strengthen Brains Earlier Than That
December 6, 2014 

  George Halvorson

Publication:  Huffington Post
Summary:  There is a strong body of evidence supporting the fact that Kindergarten is too late.  The basic and most important mental development processes that are needed to help each child read, stay in school, and stay out of prison actually happen before the age of five. Children whose brains don't receive the right strengthening support in those first years of life tend to be poor readers.  Children who are poorly prepared and who are poor readers are 40 percent more likely to get pregnant, 60 percent more likely to drop out of school and 70 percent more likely to go to jail.  Read more... 


103rd Arizona Town Hall on EARLY EDUCATION IN ARIZONA
November 3-6, 2013

The 103rd Arizona Town Hall on early education in Arizona was held November 3-6, 2013 on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  Participants addressed Arizona's early learners (age 0-8) and determined what actions can be taken that will have the greatest positive impact on our state's future citizens and leaders. 


Language-Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K
October 21, 2013

This New York Times article presents new research findings that a language gap exists as young as 18 months-old between children from high- and low-income families, emphasizing the need for high quality early education programs. 

16 States and DC Submit Applications for Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grants (RTT-ELC)
October 18, 2013 

Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont submitted applications to receive RTT-ELC state-level grants aimed at improving the quality of early learning programs and supporting states' efforts to design and implement an integrated system of high-quality early learning. Grant awards will last for four years and range from $37.5 million up to $75 million. The U.S. Departments of Education and Health & Human Services will announce winners in December.  

A Governor’s Guide to Early Literacy:  Getting All Students Reading by Third Grade
October 2013 

The National Governor’s Association recently released this guide to early literacy, highlighting the research-policy gap and recommending five policy actions to ensure all children are reading by third grade. 

Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education
October 2013 

The Foundation for Child Development, in collaboration with the Society for Research in Child Development, released this research brief on the current science and evidence base on early childhood education. 

The authors will be discussing their findings at an upcoming event, “Too Much Evidence to Ignore: New Findings on the Impact of Quality Preschool at Scale,” which will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on October 16, 2013, at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC. Click here for more information on the event. Twitter hashtag: #toomuchevidence.