High Quality Early Education

Pre-K Is Worth Investing In – Here's Why

A recent Wall Street Journal op-ed tried to argue pre-k isn't worth investing in. But in a must-read rebuttal, ReadyNation fact checks the op-ed and highlights the well-documented benefits of pre-k and the vital role it plays in closing the opportunity gap.

Recently, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed that tried to make the case that we shouldn't bother investing in pre-k because it's "of no educational value and the cost would be staggering." Many advocates of early education, including the OTL Campaign, would of course beg to differ.

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Making Prekindergarten Truly Universal in New York: A Statewide Roadmap

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2013-11-01
Type: 
reports
Category: 
early-care-education

This report provides a detailed roadmap for making high-quality, full-day prekindergarten available for all three- and four-year-old children in New York State over an eight-year period.

AACF to Host Nov. 6 Policy Cafe in Arkadelphia

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is hosting a Policy Café in Arkadelphia on Nov. 6. Policy cafés are a self-guided mini-conference where participants can choose from discussions that center around issues that impact children and families in Arkansas. Register today!

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) is partnering with the Community Family Enrichment Center, Inc. and the Arkadelphia Public School District to present an AACF Policy Café in Arkadelphia.

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Oakland: Community School, Thriving Students

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2013-09-25

"Community schools" are a new model for public education focused on building community partnerships to ensure all students have access to the types of wraparound academic, social and health supports they need to succeed in school. This short animated video shows how Oakland Unified School District is transforming its schools to be community hubs offering integrated student supports. Check it out!

"Community schools" are a new model for public education focused on building community partnerships to ensure all students have access to the types of wraparound academic, social and health supports they need to succeed in school. This short animated video shows how Oakland Unified School District is transforming its schools to be community hubs offering integrated student supports. Check it out!

NY Gov. Proposes "Death Penalty" for Schools

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo thinks struggling public schools should be given the "death penalty." Rather than supporting these schools with additional resources, he thinks they should be closed down, taken over by the state, or turned into charter schools.

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo thinks struggling public schools should be given the "death penalty." Rather than supporting these schools with additional resources, he thinks they should be closed down, taken over by the state, or turned into charter schools.

Twitter, Facebook, and Education in the Boston Mayoral Race

As Boston prepares to elect a new mayor this fall, education advocates and organizers need to put equity and access to quality public schools front and center in the mayoral debates. Here are candidates' social media handles so you can contact them directly and ask them how they plan to ensure all students have an opportunity to learn.

New Infographic: Welcome to CharterLand!

Many policymakers like to herald charter schools as the cure-all solution to a struggling public education system. But even if you wanted to attend one, a charter might not want you. Check out our latest infographic to find out why.

CharterLandMany policymakers like to herald charter schools as the cure-all solution to a struggling public education system. But even if you wanted to attend one, a charter might not want you. Based on research from Dr.

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NY Allies React to Test Score Drop: "Proves We Need Supports, Not Just Standards"

After the release of New York's test scores from the first Common-Core aligned state test, advocates and organizers are taking officials to task for implementing the new standards without also ensuring schools and students have the resources they need to meet those standards. The problem for many OTL allies isn't the achievement gap, it's the continually unaddressed opportunity gap that creates it.

This week New York education officials released the scores from the first Common Core-aligned standardized state tests. The scores dropped dramatically from previous years, the result of the standards being higher and the test being harder. Statewide, just 31.1 percent of students tested proficient in English Language Arts, and 31 percent tested proficient in math.

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