"Online preschool programs have been growing in recent years, and thousands of parents have signed their children up. The programs offer everything from educational games to a full preschool curriculum complete with boxes of activities that are shipped to a student's home and a teacher's guide for an adult. Most online programs are offered by for-profit companies, although perhaps the fastest-growing is UPSTART, which was developed by the nonprofit Waterford Institute and is advertised as a kindergarten-readiness program. That program has been used by children in Idaho, Indiana, South Carolina, rural Ohio and Philadelphia, and is used by 30 percent of Utah's 4-year-olds. In 2013, the Waterford Institute received an $11.5 million federal grant to expand the program to rural children in Utah." … [Read more...] about Yes, there are online preschools. And early childhood experts say they stink.
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A national leader on these issues is the American Bar Association Diversity Center, which promotes equal opportunity in our legal and justice systems. Within the center is the ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline, which helps develop interest in the law and promote career opportunities among diverse students from prekindergarten through college. The ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice fosters discussion and shapes policy on matters arising from racial and ethnic bias in the justice system. These groups are joining the ABA Criminal Justice Section on a new Joint Task Force on Reversing the School to Prison Pipeline, which is hosting town hall meetings and developing policy strategies on the topic. … [Read more...] about Early involvement, education are keys to keeping kids on track for productive lives
FinancingThe ACA provided states with $1.5 billion from 2010 through 2014 for the MIECHV program. The Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 provided the program an additional $400 million for FY 2015. Most recently, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) extended the program’s funding through FY 2017 (with $372.4 million in appropriations for FY 2017). However, there is no further funding for the program after September 30, 2017, and the program must be reauthorized before this date. … [Read more...] about Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood, Home Visiting: A Minibus Rider
Adam Lanza was isolated, anorexic and had extreme anxiety, obsessive traits, an autism spectrum disorder and an unusual preoccupation with violence when he shot dozens of people to death on Dec. 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, says a Friday report (PDF) by Connecticut’s Office of the Child Advocate. Yet he had never been comprehensively evaluated and treated for all of his disabilities, the report says, and received no treatment of any kind for several years before the shooting even as his condition deteriorated. … [Read more...] about Report: Sandy Hook shooter never got needed treatment despite disabilities dating to early childhood
From 6 May 2014, prospective claimants will be required to enter into a mandatory four-step “early conciliation” procedure aimed at achieving settlement before they can commence proceedings against their employer in the Employment Tribunal (ET). However, employers should be aware of the provisions even sooner, as transitional provisions mean that the early conciliation scheme will be available to employees on a voluntary basis from 6 April 2014. … [Read more...] about Mandatory Early Conciliation of United Kingdom Employment Tribunal Claims – Only Two Months To Go