Toddlers learn better if they, shall we say, interact vigorously with their food. That’s the conclusion of a study published recently in Developmental Science. In the study, 16-month-old children were taught new names for foods like jelly and syrup, then tested to see if they could connect those names with the foods, even when the
Talk about your cost-benefit analysis: A newly published study co-authored by a University of Minnesota labor economist predicts that providing full-time, high-quality preschool to impoverished children under the age of 3 could entirely eliminate the achievement gap. There’s more: The study , published in the Journal of Human Resources, also found that the impact of
Never mind the long list of groups eyeing the state’s projected $1.1 budget surplus, advocates are betting they can make the case that full funding for early childhood education scholarships for needy families should top the list. Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, has already introduced legislation proposing to increase the amount of scholarship money available
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 the Minnesota Office of Early Learning.
EHJ is a big believer in the importance of the school district’s Kindergarten Boot Camp; it helps kids feel confident about attending kindergarten. The boot camp, hosted at Sunnyside Elementary, was held in August and 91 kids attended, as compared to 60 students last year. We learned from parent surveys afterward that 96% of parents