All posts by Lillian Mongeau
The message that it’s critically important to later learning for parents and caregivers to speak, sing and read to young children has hit prime time. Two popular TV shows, Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” and ABC’s “The Fosters,” have recently featured characters talking about the cognitive gains that come from talking to children.
July 31, 2014
After nearly two decades, bilingual education in California could be about to stage a resurgence. Since the passage of Proposition 227 in 1998, it has been illegal to teach public school children in a language other than English without express permission from their parents, among other requirements. That could be about to change.
July 29, 2014
Hillary Clinton spoke at Oakland's Benioff Children's Hospital about her new campaign to get parents to spend more time talking, singing and reading to their young children. Oakland will be the second city – the first was Tulsa, Oklahoma – to receive a concentrated dose of messaging about the importance of verbally engaging infants and toddlers.
July 23, 2014
In a new national poll conducted by a bipartisan research team, respondents voiced their strong support for expanding public preschool, echoing other recent surveys on the issue. Seven in 10 of the registered voters polled in a demographically and geographically representative sample said they supported the proposal before Congress to increase spending on early childhood initiatives.
July 17, 2014
Home visiting nurses like Patty Leal offer pregnancy advice, monitor child development and explain parenting techniques to women who are young, low-income, or struggling with domestic abuse. They begin working with new mothers in the first or second trimester and continue until the child turns 2.
July 14, 2014
Merely a week after proposing that transitional kindergarten become a program for all 4-year-olds from low-income families, state Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg plans to drop that language in deference to a budget deal that would send more money to the existing state preschool program.
June 12, 2014
A bill, called the Strong Start for America's Children Act, providing the legal outline for President Barack Obama's proposal to expand public preschool for 4-year-olds will be introduced in Congress on Wednesday.
November 13, 2013
A billionaire couple from Texas has stepped in with a $10 million interest-free loan to cover the cost of keeping Head Start programs open this month for more than 7,000 children in six states, where programs were closed by the government shutdown.
October 8, 2013
While California’s K-12 program saw billions restored to its budget this year, the state’s early education programs have been less fortunate.
September 4, 2013
Hundreds of children will be shut out of preschool in September as the federal sequester cuts to Head Start take effect.
August 14, 2013
A supplemental grant awarded Friday by the U.S. Department of Education brings California $22 million closer to the total amount requested in the original application for Early Learning Challenge grant funds, part of the Obama administrations' Race to the Top program.
August 6, 2013
Galvanized by a national reading campaign, communities across California are launching innovative partnerships that are resulting in new early literacy programs in schools, libraries and even laundromats. “There’s a lot of books here, really good books,” said 9-year-old Melanie Garcia-Macia, who sat with her back to a big red bookshelf at the end of a long line of washing machines at the Clean Express Coin Laundry in Richmond one recent Wednesday. A copy of “The Night Before Christmas” was splayed open on her lap.
August 5, 2013
The 5-year-olds seated around a knee-high table in a West Oakland classroom making animal puppets may think they are having fun, but they are also the newest recruits at kindergarten boot camp.
July 15, 2013
A program offering parenting classes tailored to Latino families is showing promise as a way to help children arrive in kindergarten ready to learn. The national program, called Abriendo Puertas, offers classes in more than 80 California cities.
June 23, 2013
Early childhood education advocates are working to make it clear that not everyone supporting President Barack Obama’s proposal to vastly expand federal funding for preschool and infant and toddler care is a tax-and-spend liberal.
June 17, 2013
Child care and early education advocates were pleased to see $55 million in restored funding for state preschool and child care in the budget compromise working its way to the governor’s desk.
June 13, 2013
Investing more public money in preschool access for 4-year-olds is akin to improving the nation’s national security, according to a report released today by Mission: Readiness, an organization of retired admirals and generals.
June 11, 2013
An estimated 39,000 students enrolled in transitional kindergarten this school year, the first year districts were required to offer the program, according to a new report.
June 11, 2013
California could nearly double its spending on public preschool with an influx of federal funding if the president's proposal to significantly increase the money available for early childhood programs passes Congress, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday.
June 4, 2013
Early education advocates in California were hoping for news of increases in preschool and child care funding in the governor's revised budget, released Tuesday. No such luck.
May 14, 2013
The Children’s Center at CalTech, designed for children ranging in age from 6 months to 5 years old, places a significant focus on math and science. Children who enter kindergarten with a strong grasp of basic math concepts – like where a number might fall on a number line – were more likely to be succeeding in math and reading by fifth grade, according to research by economist Greg Duncan.