What do Marshmallows have to do with Executive Function Skills?

Have you heard about the Stanford University marshmallow study? Many years ago, children between the ages of three and five were offered a marshmallow and told if they did not…
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March Madness & Soft Skills

March Madness is over (thank goodness)! What a game last night!! North Carolina beat Gonzaga 71-65. It was a nail-biter for anyone who watched. As a die-hard Tar Heel fan,…
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Where is the “R” in STEM?

Reading is foundational to many jobs in today’s economy, and it will be increasingly critical for the jobs that sustain our economic growth. According to an analysis by economists at…
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Child Care Deserts

A report recently released by The Center for American Progress, “Child Care Deserts: An Analysis of Child Care Centers by ZIP Code in 8 States,” examines the location of child…
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PISA study finds U.S. students falling behind internationally in math, science and reading.

The 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) study finds American students underperforming their peers in several Asian nations. The U.S. was below the international average in math and about average in…
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Governor McAuliffe Announces Third Round of Federal Preschool Expansion Grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced this week that Virginia will receive $17.5 million through the federal Preschool Expansion Grant. These funds will allow the Commonwealth to continue to serve at-risk four-year-olds in…
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How do U.S. students rank in Math and Science?

The Trends in Maths and Science Study (TIMSS) released yesterday provides data on mathematics and science achievement of U.S. students compared to that of students in other countries. The most recent…
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Advocacy in Education: Four Key Efforts by UVA’s Curry School of Education

The University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education is focusing on four major efforts to improve early education: 1.    Creating a First-of-Its-Kind Preschool 2.    Assessing Kindergarten Readiness Statewide 3.    Building…
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Virginia’s Plan for Well-Being: Preparing Virginia’s Children to Succeed in Kindergarten.

Virginia’s Plan for Well-Being is a call to action for Virginians to create and sustain conditions that support health and well-being. The plan lays out 13 priority goals that address…
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How well does pre-Kindergarten prepare children for elementary school and beyond?

The results of a recent evaluation of Tennessee’s statewide pre-k program by Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Research Institute provides an opportunity to understand why some early education programs are effective and others…
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