The undeniable value of quality early learning

Pre-schoolers in classroom

The undeniable value of quality early learning

by Kelley Murphy, Director of Early Childhood Policy, Children’s Action Alliance

There is a wealth of research demonstrating the long-term advantages of high-quality early learning experiences in a child’s earliest years. Children with access to quality early learning opportunities are more prepared for kindergarten. They have increased vocabulary, better language, math and social skills, and more positive relationships with classmates. And, as they go forward in school and life, …

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Long-term education goals won’t be reached in one budget cycle

by Expect More Arizona

During the 2008 economic crisis, some Arizonans lost their jobs or their homes, or both. With revenues down, the state budget was drastically cut, and education funding took a beating. After nearly a decade, Arizona is finally getting back on a stable economic path and is ready to invest in the future. Our recent poll …

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Education tops Arizona voters’ list

by Expect More Arizona

Despite being near — or at, depending on the analyst — the bottom of the list for teacher pay nationally, Arizona’s voters continue to express the need for better K-12 education. According to a December 2017 poll via education advocacy group Expect More Arizona, the majority of the poll’s approximately 600 likely Arizona voters agreed …

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Arizona voters support increased funding for teachers and students

by Expect More Arizona

Arizona voters say they support the idea of extending the Proposition 301 sales tax, which is set to expire in 2021. But when it comes to increasing the sales tax from its existing 0.6 percent, that’s where things get a little shaky, according to a poll recently released by Expect More Arizona. While 68 percent …

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TV and videos don’t help very young children learn new words

by First Things First

Watching television or videos – even programs billed as educational – does not help children under age 2 learn language. Babies and toddlers learn new words and develop language skills by listening and interacting with caring adults – real talk from real people, not TV or videos. That’s a fact proven by decades of studies …

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