Biden, Sanders, Warren and other candidates are calling for far more federal spending for schools in low-income areas.
Quality preschool can deliver $2 for every $1 from government. But families are paying more for it than if they sent their child to private primary school. Some forego quality for affordability.
Many families already shop around for childcare and still face major barriers such as availability. And shopping around is not a realistic option for many living in disadvantaged areas.
Biden, Sanders, Warren and other candidates are calling for a substantial and unprecedented spending boost.
Children ask a lot of questions, but they're not always good ones.
One-quarter of children who start school aren't developmentally ready. Play-based learning in the early years of school can help with the transition, as well as providing a host of other benefits.
Their initial grants do not insist upon filing reports that might indicate what works best. And without more affordable housing, the problem is sure to continue.
On top of teaching them how to recognize numbers and count to 10, make sure they're playing with puzzles.
In 2009, Australian governments made an agreement to provide all four-year-olds with access to preschool delivered by a trained teacher from 2013. We're a long way from this goal.
The promised returns on investment in preschool won't just happen. They depend on a complex chain of events, from preschool through to adulthood, involving the child and their family.
An economic evaluation of a program of interventions for Australia's most vulnerable children has produced startling results.
Australia is far from having an early childhood sector that delivers what children and families need. The government can look to these three areas to ensure access for all Australian children.
The global environmental crisis is overwhelming, but showing children how they can take care of their immediate environment can empower them to feel like they can make a difference.
Investing in early childhood education and care can save more money in the long run – in areas including health care – than dealing with these issues later in life.
Encouraging good social skill development benefits your young child throughout their life.
2018 was a mixed bag for schooling policy in Australia, with new ministers, a new organisation and auspicious anniversaries. It’s worth reflecting on the year that’s been.
We know from research children benefit from two years of preschool, rather than one. Universal access to preschool would also return benefits to the economy, and help parents with childcare costs.
The US$2 billion that the Amazon founder and his wife are donating to help the homeless and educate young kids may appear selfless. But this money may also soften calls to raise taxes on the rich.
There are a number of questions parents should be asking to determine what age is best to send their child to school.
It is vital that Ontario's child-care reforms reach all families, and that the province learns from mistakes made in Quebec.