Three of the district’s 12 child development centers, preschools intended for parents who work or attend school, are closing this week. The district is also closing one preschool that’s open to all families who meet strict income requirements. The closures come on the heels of the district’s announcement of a new Preschool for All initiative, which it pitched as a preschool expansion.

Many parents are surprised to learn their kids are already behind when they enter kindergarten, and new Common Core standards are only adding to the anxiety. But officials say thinking about Common Core simply as a set of expectations helps take the sting away. Here’s how Common Core works for kindergartners, and how parents can help prepare their children to step into the classroom.

As parents, we are often reminded of the importance of getting infants going on their educational track pretty much as soon as they exit the womb. As our Scott Lewis notes in a new essay, for some parents, no matter how well they prepare, kindergarten can be a shock. It’s not just a matter of privilege — […]

Some children are already behind their peers when they set foot in kindergarten, setting them up for an uphill climb that could last years. some of our children are not ready for them. It’s not just a wealthy versus poor gap, either. Even the most resourceful parents confront a bewildering array of options — and lack of options — for early childcare and preschool.

You hear it all the time: Children don’t just need education, they need a quality education with excellent teachers. Mario Koran has been thinking a lot about preschool education recently, and wondered what high quality teaching actually means for kids in preschool in this week’s Learning Curve. “This student-teacher interaction, it turns out, is actually […]