Pre-K prerequisite: Ensure that every poor child in America gets two years of preschool

In an open letter to the future President-elect, Robert Pianta,  dean of the Curry School of Education at The University of Virginia, is clear: early education should be a first-year priority….
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Superintendent’s Memo: Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program Pilot

The 2016-2018 biennial state budget included funding for the continued implementation of the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP).  In 2015, over 21 school divisions participated, and, this fall, the statewide…
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Only a few spots left for the 2016-2017 Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program!

School Division Leaders: Space is limited for the 2016-2017 Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program! The 2014 VKRP pilot project discovered that 34 percent of children in the Commonwealth arrive at kindergarten…
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Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program to double participation in 2016-17!

Calling all school divisions!  UVA CASTL is recruiting school districts to participate in Virginia’s Kindergarten Readiness Project (VKRP) this fall!  See below for an announcement from UVA CASTL with all…
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The Issue’s Been Elevated….

  ….take a look at what’s been happening in early education! BUDGET Legislative Department: Continuation of the “Money” Committees’ VPI Study The Chairmen of House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees…
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Are Virginia’s Kids On Your List This Year?

Now is the time to put Virginia’s children at the top of your list!  Last fall, 34% of Virginia’s children entered our kindergarten classrooms ready to fail.[1] Children who enter…
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The Only Solution is High-Quality for Virginia’s Kids!

Virginia’s goal should be high quality for kids. When it comes to outcomes for our children, it’s all about high quality.  Expanding mediocre programs that are underfunded and inadequately monitored is…
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Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Project begins statewide rollout in 2015-16!

The statewide rollout for Virginia’s Kindergarten Readiness Project has begun!  See below for all the details from UVA CASTL and learn how your school district can take part in the next…
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New Report: Social and emotional development: The next school reform frontier

  Last week, The Brookings Institute released a paper on the importance of focusing on social and emotional development to ensure children’s academic success.  In the paper, author Hugh Price,…
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In The News: Brain Science Shows Poor Kids Have Smaller Brains Than Affluent Kids

  A recent article in The Washington Post  cited a new study published in Nature Neuroscience which found that poor children have smaller brains than their more affluent peers.  The study examined nearly…
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