State of Preschool 2019 Report, What about race?

The 17th Annual State of Preschool, 2019 commentary transcript: I was excited yesterday when the State of Preschool, 2019 Report was released. I figured this report would provide the evidence most needed to fight back effectively against cuts in Early Childhood Education and, I applaud the report for its vivid picture of the preschool landscape …

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Childcare ratios must be lowered

Childcare Ratios Must Be Lowered If we want developmentally appropriate practices to occur in early childhood education, we must lower the children to staff ratio.  A child-adult ratio of 3:1 produces a significantly higher quality of teacher and child interaction than a ratio of 5:1, especially for younger children (Williams, Sheridan & Pramling Samuelsson, 2019).For …

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Teaching collective care through group-centered learning

Teaching collective care through group-centered learning     When I began teaching, I was initially a great believer in child-centered education. I thought the center of the classroom should be children, and each child should individually be centered. The idea of teacher-centered education was dubious to me. I didn’t want to have a dictatorship where …

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“Just let them play,” during COVID-19 mantra rings hollow for economically oppressed children

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood,” Mr. Rogers. But the “Just let them play,” during COVID-19 mantra rings hollow for economically oppressed families without supports. The same households that don’t have the Internet …

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Another childhood is possible through peace education

For working-class children and the most economically oppressed, to be taught to view your neighbors and family suspiciously is a disservice. Oppression feeds on suspicion and mistrust. Marginalized people who do not trust each other, lose the power of community, and that is often their greatest advocate and sustainer. We often talk about the new …

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Child centered, social justice