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Early Childhood and Human Capital (Washington Post)

jeffrey-lacker01 1200xx4200-2363-0-216Since 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.


Universal Pre-K Expansion Program (CapitalNY)

With the city’s mayor de Blasio pushing for an additional $300 million for the five boroughs and $40 million for the rest of the state, the program for state-wide access to universal pre-K structure is changing. For the first time community-based organizations may apply for funds independent of their local school districts. This creates more access to schools especially for urban, low-income families, but there are worries that the budget does not allow enough funds for oversight of the program to ensure it is properly used. Click HERE to read the full article.
What are your thoughts?

CUNY’s New Accelrated Certification Program (Clarion)

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.prek23n-3-web

Newest Standardized Test for Kindergarten Elite Schools (NYMag)

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.



Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth (NYTimes)

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?baby-and-mother-reading

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1-credit (graduate) weekend workshop: Health Education for Young Children and their Families

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:

Fee: $405 for 1 credit plus non-matriculation application fee of $125.

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Info Session: New Play Therapy Program at Brooklyn College

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.



NYC will spend $16.9M to raise salaries for pre-K teachers at community-based organizations

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


Big Brooklyn Playdate 2014

You’re Invited to the Big Brooklyn Playdate!

Wednesday, April 30, 10:30am – 12pm
​Central Library (Grand Army Plaza), Dweck Center

Stop by the Big Brooklyn Playdate to
enjoy fun games and activities that delight
young children and encourage early literacy.

Download the flyer for more information

Come to play and leave ready to turn
ordinary objects in your home into your
child’s favorite toys.

For babies and toddlers birth to
3 years and their parents and caregivers.
For more ideas on how to read and play with your child, visit


New Major Finding from FPG’s Abecedarian Project

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