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The elements of an E-12 deal for Minnesota are present

Lori Sturdevant, Star Tribune, May 23, 2015 The School Readiness program could be the catalyst in special-session discussions. We’ll get to the Legislature’s impending special session in a moment. First, a Perpich story: It was September 1985, and my reporting assignment involved traipsing around the state with DFL Gov. Rudy Perpich. It wasn’t easy for […]

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Why Head Start Matters

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 202, August 12, 2014 As the lifelong impacts of high-quality early childhood education have become better known, the early years of a child’s life have become a matter of education policy. It’s also important to remember the importance of publicly supported child care and early childhood education as a way of supporting […]

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Heed the president’s call for early childhood education

Patty Born Selly, MinnPost, February 3, 2014 – Once again, President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address to ask Congress to help states fund early childhood education. The fact that he needed to raise the issue again is a signal that our nation is not yet taking seriously the opportunity to truly improve […]

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More Minnesota preschoolers ready for kindergarten, study shows

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, December 11, 2013 – More Minnesota preschoolers are ready for kindergarten, a key indicator of future academic success. That’s a result of the latest study of kindergarten preparedness the Minnesota Department of Education released Wednesday. It found 73 percent of children surveyed had the skills necessary to succeed in kindergarten classrooms in […]

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School-readiness report: Poverty biggest hurdle for Minnesota’s vulnerable children

Cynthia Boyd, MinnPost, December 9, 2013 – A new statewide report on school readiness shows many of Minnesota’s youngest citizens face hurdles that affect their learning in kindergarten and beyond. At the root of the problem is poverty, says Richard Chase, key author of the first School Readiness Report, which was prepared by Wilder Research for […]

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Minnesota’s early learning efforts get national forum

Chuck Slocum, Star Tribune, November 3, 2013 – I recently attended a birthday party to celebrate and honor 40 years of service by Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. Truth be told, I think I was a last-minute invite because Edelman knew I was a Republican businessman who has been working on early […]

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Arne Duncan promotes Preschool for All to close ‘opportunity gap’

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, July 16, 2013 – Pity Arne Duncan. No matter the news he’s come to share, whenever the U.S. secretary of education sets foot in Minnesota he’s somehow upstaged by a local. In Bloomington Tuesday morning to promote a White House proposal that could funnel nearly $39 million to Minnesota preschoolers, Duncan drew a […]

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The Power of Talking to Your Baby

Tina Rosenberg, New York Times Commentary, April 10, 2013 – By the time a poor child is 1 year old, she has most likely already fallen behind middle-class children in her ability to talk, understand and learn. The gap between poor children and wealthier ones widens each year, and by high school it has become a […]

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Why kindergarten matters: Schools say early absenteeism compounds problems later

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, September 10, 2012 – In a classroom awash with morning sunlight, 25 kindergartners at Marcy Open School in Minneapolis recently worked on a self-portrait of sorts. Teacher Kilee Chistnagel gave the students paper plates, a few markers and some yarn — for hair, of course. Soon these 5-year-olds will start to tackle […]

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Kindergarten Class of 2011: A Snapshot

Lesli A. Maxwell, Education Week, July 26, 2012 – In the 2010-11 school year, 3.5 million children were first-time kindergartners in the United States. Fifty-three percent were white, 24 percent were Hispanic, 13 percent were African-American, 4 percent were Asian, 4 percent were two or more races, 1 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native, and […]

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