Since the 2007-2009 recession, there have been historically high, long-term unemployment rates throughout the nation. Economists, policymakers, and businesspeople have since been pondering the question: how does the nation work to combat this unemployment? Jeffrey Lacker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, presented the Federal Reserve’s plan of action in a speech at the Lynchburg College School of Business and Economics: invest in early childhood.
In early childhood, the "noncognitive skills such as following instructions, patience and work ethic — lay the foundation for mastering more complex cognitive skills and may be just as important a determinant of future labor market success.” Any lapses present in these skills affect adult outcomes and are apparent as early as age 5. This urges workforce development to be invested in early childhood education, because “the earlier workers invest, the longer they have to profit.”
The shift to early childhood education as the solution began with a shift to look at the labor market as a reflection of structural trends, causing researchers to think about preparing workers for the labor market at the individual level. For future generations of workers to have stability and a safety net, workforce development needs to begin as soon as formal schooling begins— treating the solution as a “long-term vaccine” that is generally not afforded to people who treat workforce development “as a cure for short-term shocks.” Ultimately, these investments are responsible for increasing human capital from early care and education to strengthen the nation’s businesses. What do you think about this move in efforts to lower unemployment rates?
To read more of Lacker's speech click HERE.
Following the city’s move to expand early childhood education, there is a demand for 2,000 new pre-K teachers to be certified and prepared for the classroom by September 2015. In response, CUNY’s Early Childhood Professional Development Institute has moved to create a new accelerated program which prepares new teachers through one of two tracks throughout five CUNY campuses: Brooklyn College, Hunter, City College, Lehman, and Queens College. Track one is an accelerated 14-month master’s program, and track two, for those already pursuing certification, helps students get certified more quickly while providing additional support. As of this summer, 120 students are enrolled in the program through these five campuses.
To read more click HERE.
In the growing age of standardized testing, NYC elite private kindergartens are forgoing the 45-year standard, the IQ tests, for the “Educational Records Bureau's brand-new Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners.” This new standardized test will be administered on an iPad, cost $65, and has starting tutoring rates ranging between $140 and $200 a session. One of the elite schools, Horace Mann, explained the switch as “ensur[ing] that every applicant for Kindergarten and First Grade at Horace Mann School has completed a standardized measure of reasoning and achievement that is psychometrically valid… [and the score report from this test] is the only piece of the application that is consistent and objective.” But can any part of the four-year old mind truly be measured in terms of reasoning? How do you feel about the move made by this school? Click HERE to read the full article.
For the first time in its history, the American Academy of Pediatrics “has officially weighed in on early literacy education,” announcing its new policy that doctors will tell parents to read aloud to their infants from birth. These 62,000 pediatricians throughout the nation are going so far as to ask its members to “become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor.” This is all with hopes to “reduce academic disparities between wealthier and low-income children as well as between racial groups.” To read the full article click HERE.
What are your thoughts on the academy’s new policy for literacy?
The City College of New York is offering a 1-credit (graduate) weekend workshop at the Children's Museum of Manhattan on Friday, June 6th from 3:00PM- 7:30PM and Saturday, June 7th from 9:00PM- 5:00PM.
This interactive weekend workshop is designed for educators and administrators who work with young children and their families. Conducted at and taught by instructors from the Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM), the sessions will focus on how to implement a program for young children and their families that promotes healthy lifestyle skills. Please click here for more information: http://earlychildhoodnyc.org/pdfs/event/city.pdf
Fee: $405 for 1 credit plus non-matriculation application fee of $125.
From Brooklyn College:
We’re proud to announce the launching of the Play Therapy Program at Brooklyn College. This 16-credit Advanced Certificate program aims to support all children’s mental health, development and learning. Learn more about the program
You are invited to attend an Information Session hosted by Professor Carol Korn-Bursztyn.
When? Thursday, May 1, from 6pm-7pm.
Where? Brooklyn College Library, 242.
RSVP at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/gradevents
The de Blasio administration is raising the starting salaries of certified teachers with bachelor's degree from $35,000 to $44,000. Teachers with master's degrees will start at $50,000. Teachers at community-based organizations will earn nearly the same amount as starting teachers at district-run programs. Read more HERE
New scientific findings are reporting that children who received high-quality early care and education in the Abecedarian Project from birth to age 5 enjoy better physical health in their mid-30s than peers who did not attend the program.
Frances Campbell, FPG Senior scientist and principal investigator of the Abecedarian Project, stated that "to our knowledge, this is the first time that actual biomarkers, as opposed to self-reports of illnesses, have been compared for adult individuals who took part in a randomized study of early childhood education."
This research demonstrates scientific evidence towards the implication of health and high quality early care and education. Read more about this study HERE