Preschool information to help you make good decisions and keep you informed
The following is a list of articles we believe would be of interest to preschool parents. The articles give current information that will help parents make well-informed decisions when planning for their child’s road to an academic education and a successful future.
From elementary through high school, New York City children tend to go to school with others similar to themselves, in one of the country’s most racially segregated systems.
Turns out that racial segregation is an issue in prekindergarten, too…
About 75 percent of young children with ADHD received medications, according to the latest government statistics. (iStock)
U.S. health officials are urging parents of preschoolers with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to try behavior therapy first before trying drugs — and they’re calling on insurers to cover the treatments. Learn More
MANHATTAN — Even though the school year has started, the city’s free pre-K programs for 4-year-olds are seeing a lot of fluctuation in enrollment, directors say.
There are still openings at more than 475 programs across the city,according to a recent list of pre-Ks with empty seats posted on the Department of Education’s website.
The districts with the greatest number of programs with remaining seats include Staten Island and northeast Queens’ Districts 29 and 30.
Programs at public schools will enroll families on an ongoing basis, while programs at childhood early education centers will enroll families on a case-by-case basis after Oct. 7, DOE officials said.
Whether your child is already enrolled or you’re looking to get one of the remaining seats for this year — or even if you’re already thinking about next September — here are some tips to help you evaluate what program will work for your family: Learn More
NEW YORK CITY — Fourth graders at elite gifted and talented programs in Manhattan outperformed students at more than 743 other elementary schools on state English and math exams, the results of this year’s tests show.
All five of the top scoring schools on the fourth grade English Language Arts exam were schools with gifted programs and four of the top five scorers on the math exam were, too. Learn More
The fascinating 7 Up series of documentaries, which follows a diverse group of Brits from childhood into late middle age, is a real-life test of the aphorism “Give me the child until he is 7, and I will show you the man.”
Newly published research suggests that cliché is actually a bit conservative. It finds a sensitive evaluation of a child’s behavior at age 5 has remarkable predictive power.
The study traced 753 young Americans from kindergarten into adulthood. It found that young children who have the ability to get along with others were significantly more likely to mature into responsible, successful adults.
This association was “independent of child, family, and contextual factors that typically predict adult outcomes,” a research team led by Damon Jones of Pennsylvania State University writes in the American Journal of Public Health.
The study’s participants were recruited from schools in Durham, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Seattle, Washington; and a rural district in central Pennsylvania. Roughly half were considered “at high risk for long-term behavioral problems and conduct disorders,” while the others belonged to a control group. Learn More
The lives of children from rich and poor American families look more different than they have in decades.
Well-off families are ruled by calendars, with children enrolled in ballet, soccer and after-school programs, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. There are usually two parents, who spend a lot of time reading to children and worrying about their anxiety levels and hectic schedules.
In poor families, however, children tend to spend their time at home or with extended family, the survey found. They are more likely to grow up in neighborhoods that their parents say aren’t great for raising children, and their parents worry about them getting shot, beaten up or in trouble with the law.Learn More
A Better Start: Why Classroom Diversity Matters in Early Education is a new report that describes troubling racial, ethnic and economic disparities in preschool classrooms across America. Featuring TCF fellow Halley Potter as a contributing author, it calls for policymakers to focus on the value of diversity in early education classrooms as a means to increase equity and quality for America’s youngest learners.
Released on the eve of the 50th Anniversary of Head Start by The Century Foundation and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, the report found that preschool classrooms are largely separate and often unequal.
Demographic data as in the report reveal:
● Children from low-SES families and Hispanic children are less likely than high-SES and non-Hispanic children to be enrolled in center-based early childhood programs;
● Low-income children are most likely to attend low-quality preschool programs; and
● Most children in public preschool programs attend classrooms that are segregated by family income and often by race/ethnicity as well.
The report’s authors Jeanne L. Reid and Sharon Lynn Kagan from the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University analyzed recent research on how the composition of young children’s classrooms affects children’s cognitive and social development. They argue that greater attention should be paid to this scholarship as policymakers strive to build early education systems that are excellent, equitable and sustainable.Learn More