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Experts call for early focus on black boys' nonacademic skills (NAT)

Education Week
Mary Ann Zehr
06-15-11
Schools should increase their attention to social and emotional development in the early grades as one way to prevent black boys from falling behind their peers, researchers said Tuesday at a symposium on closing the achievement gap between African-American males and other student groups.

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L.A. school district bans chocolate milk (NAT)

USA Today
Associated Press
06-16-11
The Los Angeles Unified School District is taking a stand against child obesity, becoming the nation's largest school system to stop serving sugar-laden flavored milk.

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New recruit in homework revolt: The principal (NAT)

New York Times
Winnie Hu
06-15-11
After Donna Cushlanis’s son kept bursting into tears midway through his second-grade math problems, which one night took over an hour, she told him not to do all of his homework.

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Sleep loss in early childhood may contribute to the development of ADHD symptoms (NAT)

Science Daily
Staff writer
06-15-11
Short sleep duration may contribute to the development or worsening of hyperactivity and inattention during early childhood, suggests a research abstract that will be presented on June 14, in Minneapolis, Minn., at Sleep 2011, the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS).

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Kids with depressed moms do better in day care (NAT)

MSNBC
Linda Carroll
06-13-2011
Toddlers who have a depressed mom are more likely than other kids to develop behavior problems as they get older, studies show.

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Preschool’s many benefits last into adulthood, according to study of low-income children (NAT)

Washington Post
Lindsay Tanner
06-09-11
Preschool has surprisingly enduring benefits lasting well into adulthood, according to one of the biggest, longest follow-up studies of its kind.

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Podcast interview with Arthur Reynolds on the enduring influence of quality preschool programs (NAT)

Science Magazine
06-09-11
From microcredit in the Philippines, we turn next to inner-city Chicago and the impact of another sort of intervention — high quality preschool education.

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First lady targets healthy habits for toddler set (NAT)

Associated Press
Nancy Benac
06-08-11
Michelle Obama dropped in on lunch and circle time at a Washington child care center on Wednesday and used the occasion to announce a new national initiative to encourage child care centers to promote healthy eating and exercise habits starting with the littlest Americans.

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Maintaining pre-K day, via tuition (TX)

Texas Tribune
Morgan Smith
06-16-11
The 82nd Legislature delivered a fatal whack to state grants for full-day pre-kindergarten.

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Missouri child-care facilities must put babies on backs to sleep (MO)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Christian Gooden
06-15-11
It's been 15 years since the American Academy of Pediatrics first recommended putting babies on their backs to sleep to prevent sudden infant death syndrome and accidental suffocation.

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Questions, concern loom over state's funding of early childhood education (PA)

WFMZ
Jaccii Farris
06-14-11
Pennsylvania's budget deadline is inching closer and with it, questions about how the state will fund early childhood education.

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Kamehameha educator takes job as state's childhood coordinator (HI)

Honolulu Star Advertiser
Mary Vorsino
06-10-11
Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed a longtime educator to the newly created position of state early childhood coordinator Thursday, taking what he described as the "big first step" toward creating a universal preschool system.

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Video: A message from the first graders of Red Bank, NJ (NAT)

New America Foundation - Early Ed Watch
Lisa Guernsey
06-16-11
This month, in elementary school auditoriums around the country, parents are lapping up adorable performances by their gradeschoolers.

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Reading, writing, 'rithmetic...and recess (NAT)

Huffington Post
Rae Pica
06-14-11
According to the American Association for the Child's Right to Play (and, yes, it seems we do need such an organization), approximately 40 percent of the elementary schools in the U.S. have eliminated recess from the children's day.

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The sticker shock of child care (NY)

Albany Times Union
Chris Churchill
06-10-11
When Nate and Erin McGovern were preparing for the birth of their son 13 months ago they looked at the cost of day care and made a decision: Nate would become a stay-at-home dad.

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