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    (CNN)The last year has seen so many challenges as the world has confronted the Covid-19 pandemic. Both of us have had the immense privilege of talking to many of those on the front lines of the pandemic response, and continue to express unyielding gratitude for all of their efforts. There are still uncertain months ahead and we must all continue...
    First lady Jill Biden joined Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton in the U.K. on Friday, visiting a classroom of young children before they were set to take part in a roundtable discussion of the importance of early childhood education.  The first lady and the duchess visited Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, West Cornwall.  Middleton, wearing a fuchsia dress, arrived to...
    Childhood vaccinations were a casualty of the spring 2020 lockdowns, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds. Vaccination rates for children under two years old fell by about 20 percent while rates for older children fell by over 60 percent between March and May 2020  The rate for DtaP shots - including diphtheria and...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Thousands of parents have left the workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the lack of available childcare. Now, Colorado lawmakers are trying to help get them back to work. (credit: CBS) The House Education Committee approved a bill on Wednesday to invest in early childhood education and care providers. Senate Bill 21-236 would create a new...
    Children who grow up surrounded by green spaces are less likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new Danish study has found. Researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark found children under five who had been exposed to fewer green surroundings in their early childhood were more likely to receive an ADHD diagnosis compared to those who grew up...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Pre-K isn’t something you often hear about in the news when it comes to education. It’s just as important, if not more important, than a K-12 curriculum. The state is paying more attention to its early education system, giving countless kids a brighter future. Gov. Jared Polis helped unveil a bill which will create a state...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Gov. Jared Polis helped unveil a bill which will create a state Department of Early Childhood Education in Colorado. It’s part of a voter-approved plan which includes a universal pre-school program for all young Coloradans. “And how affirming and exciting it is to see more than two thirds of Colorado voters come together to say, ‘You know...
    The childhood home of famous Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman (pictured) has been discovered in Maryland The childhood home of famous Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman has been discovered in Maryland, archaeologists announced Tuesday. The site in Church Creek was unearthed last year, but following more research of the area and artifacts found officials can now confirm it is...
    AURORA, Ill. (WLS) -- Gov. JB Pritzker announced $1.6 billion in federal aid to expand access to early childhood education and child care for children and families across the state in Aurora Friday.This includes $140 million in direct grants to childcare providers over the next three weeks, adding to the $290 million granted to child care providers earlier in the...
    The Biden administration on Thursday announced it is releasing the $39 billion in funding for the child care industry from the American Rescue Plan. The administration said the funds are going to states, territories and tribes and are for addressing the child care crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has lowered enrollment at child care facilities and caused some...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — David Bednar grew up rooting for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Two years ago, the Mars native overcame the odds and made it to the major leagues after being drafted in the 35th round. And after an off-season trade, he’s now pitching for his hometown team. READ MORE: Fire Partially Collapses Roof Of Home In Wilkins Township (Photo...
     Minnesotans work hard for our families. We believe that work deserves fair compensation and it doesn’t matter what you look like or where you call home. And that families should have access to affordable, trusted child care and quality, culturally affirming learning environments. But that’s not always the case in our state. Decades of chronic underfunding have left many families...
    When members of the Itasca Project met 18 months ago to talk about priorities for the year ahead, they had no idea that a global pandemic would arrive and upend our daily routines. From working to parenting to shopping, COVID-19 has been one of the most significant disruptors in recent history. But for HealthPartners President and CEO Andrea Walsh and...
    HONG KONG – A Hong Kong scientist has developed a method to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to scan retinas of children as young as six to detect early autism or the risk of autism and hopes to develop a commercial product this year. Retinal eye scanning can help to improve early detection and treatment outcomes for children, said...
    More On: autism See ya, Sia! Critics want singer canceled after ‘offensive’ film debut Sia film ‘Music’ criticized for ‘irresponsible’ depiction of autism Maryland parents sue school after teen son dies from choking on glove Michigan father gets prison time for autistic son’s drowning HONG KONG – A Hong Kong scientist has developed a method to use machine learning...
    By Aleksander Solum HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong scientist has developed a method to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to scan retinas of children as young as six to detect early autism or the risk of autism and hopes to develop a commercial product this year. Retinal eye scanning can help to improve early detection and treatment...
    By CEDAR ATTANASIO, Associated Press / Report for America SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers looking to boost funding for early childhood educational initiatives by tapping a $20 billion endowment drew criticism from across the political spectrum during a recent debate, indicating they're in for a spirited fight during the final week of the legislative session. The proposal would draw...
    For decades, policymakers have held up early childhood care and education programs as imperative to correct systemic inequities in our country by achieving positive outcomes like higher academic achievement, improved graduation rates and increased economic mobility. Now, as a global pandemic decimates the contributions of working women, the importance of supporting early childhood care and education programs is being highlighted...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state House of Representatives on Friday endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment that could funnel more than a billion dollars toward early childhood education over the next six years in New Mexico. The Democratic-dominated House vote Friday in favor of the initiative that would tap an additional 1% share each year from the state’s $20...
              Democratic candidate for governor and Virginia State Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond City) released a plan central to her campaign last Friday that seeks to provide affordable and quality child care for every family with a kid under the age of five by 2025. Under McClellan’s Universal Child Care & Early Learning Plan, Virginia...
    The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus could become a disease with mild symptoms and very low fatality rates, which is experienced at early childhood ages, indicated US specialists in the journal Science. To determine the effects of the spread of covid-19 in the population, Jennie Lavine, from Emory University in Atlanta, and Ottar Bjornstad, from Pennsylvania State University, carried out a mathematical model,...
    Ten New Jersey districts will be allowed to expand their Pre-K offerings in early 2021, thanks to a a new $10 million grant. Gov. Phil Murphy announced the award during Monday's COVID-19 briefing, noting the state was granted the funds following a competitive application process. "Every dollar we invest in early education is repaid many times over throughout a child’s...
    The Early Childhood Care and Education program at Ogeechee Technical College now has a larger and better suited workspace as part of a $1 million renovation of the Joseph E. Kennedy Building. Mungunchavkhdas “Moona” Shurentsetseg is one of the many students in the Early Childhood program that will benefit from the newly...
    DENVER (CBS4) – As Colorado lawmakers look at a bill to support child care and early childhood education centers in the state, the pain is spreading in the pandemic’s third wave. “You’ve got to understand too with the loss of revenue in early childhood, we’re already underfunded. So this is a double whammy in regards to impact,” said Gerie Grimes,...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Public Schools announced that their Spring Garden Early Childhood facility is temporarily closed after a second staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The facility will be closed until Wednesday, December 2. According to the school district, they were made aware of the positive test among the staff member on Sunday...
    KATE Middleton has joked about needing advice on handling George, Charlotte and Louis's temper tantrums. The Duchess of Cambridge said she would "like to ask the experts" for advice while answering early years questions from members of the public. 5The Duchess was answering early years questions from members of the public via video messageCredit: PA:Press Association 5During the call, the...
    KATE Middleton says it has "never been more important to talk about family" as she thanked people for taking part in her childhood survey. In a video post shared by Kensington Palace, the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, spoke about her landmark Five Big Questions on the Under Fives initiative, which she launched earlier this year. 7Kate Middleton has stressed the...
    (CBS4) – Catalina Gonsales’ 4-year-old daughter likes to say “Mom, I want to study, so I can get an A.” Seeing that motivation in her preschooler gives Gonsales a huge sense of pride and relief. In an Aurora neighborhood where over 600 children ages 0-5 live below the poverty line, early education is not always top of mind. Parents are...
    SAN ANTONIO – Despite all that has happened so far in 2020, and with the global pandemic spiking once more across the nation, some people are taking a little extra time to be kind to one another in honor of World Kindness Day. This includes some of the youngest learners at San Antonio ISD. Students at the Nelson Early Childhood...
    Why a vaccine distribution plan is key to saving US from COVID-19 A Covid vaccine could mean a slowdown in growth for grocers that benefited from shuttered restaurants, report says Renee Powell talks childhood, early golf success, playing on LPGA Tour Editor’s note: In the global golfing community, Renee Powell is a well-known pioneer and advocate for the game...
    Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) announced recently that now more than ever, voters recognize the importance of early childhood education and policies that support working families, according to a new statewide poll.  A recently commissioned poll by McLaughlin & Associates and Frederick Polls of 600 likely Georgia...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A new effort is launching Thursday to level the playing field for every child in the city, helping them to succeed in kindergarten and then in life.Diana Rauner, the former first lady of Illinois, is now CEO of the nonprofit formerly known as the "The Ounce of Prevention."She joined ABC 7 Chicago Thursday to talk about "Every...
    FORGET Brexit - there's another big debate that divides the nation. When is too early to put your Christmas decorations up? 1 Putting your Christmas decorations up now makes you happier, experts claimCredit: Getty - Contributor While the Scrooges among us will be disgusted at the mere sight of a bauble before December 1, it turns out the festive fanatics...
    A 19-year-old Kansas Democrat running for a seat in the state House blamed a lack of "early childhood education funding" after admitting to abusive behavior toward his ex-girlfriend on Sunday. "We must strive to create a society safe for women, which we currently do not do," candidate Aaron Coleman wrote in a statement. "I believe if we had more early childhood education funding, and...
    The shrinking magic box The researchers of the study devised a ‘magic’ contraption in order to attract the attention of the children, who had to place a toy on top, press a lever and a miniature version of the toy appeared on the bottom, accompanied by lights and sounds. The researchers trained the children, aged...
    One of the most pressing challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has been the widespread closures of schools and child care centers. The loss of these mainstays of daily life has been profoundly destabilizing across the country, affecting kids’ development and threatening to derail working mothers’ careers, even as workers in early childhood education and caregiving face job losses...
    CHICAGO — Left alone on a bus somewhere on Chicago’s South Side last January, a 4-year-old contracted frostbite on a foot. The weather was “very cold,” a report would later read, and the child was “unattended on the bus for an undetermined period of time.”  At a different child care center on the West Side, a master teacher slapped a...
    (CNN)Our nation is reckoning with its history of discrimination. Much of that conversation has rightly been focused on the systemic and institutional racism that has dictated our criminal justice and policing systems -- and the way those systems have upended the lives of families for centuries. Kirsten GillibrandAs the Covid-19 pandemic causes disproportionate harm to communities of color, it is...
    SCIOTO — Scioto County Developmental Disabilities has a new Director of Early Childhood Services. Erica Wallace, who took over the position on July 1, has worked as a Developmental Specialist and for SCDD for several years has moved into the job, which is based at the Carousel Center. Wallace worked with retired director Tammy Nelson for nearly a year to...
    Private and government-subsidized early childhood education programs are adapting to an ongoing pandemic, along with the families they are trying to serve.Providers are following local guidelines to keep children and workers safe, which means class sizes must be significantly smaller."We have families who are calling us every day wanting to go to work and we're having to tell them, at...
    (CNN) — Sleep problems in early childhood may be linked to the development of certain mental health disorders in adolescence, according to new research. A study of 7,155 children in the United Kingdom found that waking up frequently during the night and irregular sleep routines as babies and toddlers was linked to psychotic experiences in children ages 12 and 13....
    (CNN)Sleep problems in early childhood may be linked to the development of certain mental health disorders in adolescence, according to new research. A study of 7,155 children in the United Kingdom found that waking up frequently during the night and irregular sleep routines as babies and toddlers was linked to psychotic experiences in children ages 12 and 13. Also, children...
    EAST HILLS (KDKA) – A man walked himself to an ambulance after a violent crash early on Wednesday morning. A car flipped onto its roof and onto the stops of the Crescent Early Childhood Center. The crash took place along Bennett Street in East Hills. First responders were able to pull the man from the car but...
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