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- SponsorThis content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.Join our panel discussion to learn the strategies schools are using to help K-3 learners as they move to virtual instruction.Early Childhood New Players Fill Child-Care Gap as Schools Go RemoteAs school districts move to remote instruction for the fall, day-care providers, dance studios, and after-school programs step in to fill school-day child-care gaps.Early Childhood Letter to the Editor A Eulogy for Ken GoodmanTo the Editor:
Several weeks ago, I spoke with an Education Week reporter about Ken Goodman in anticipation of an obituary about Ken’s passing and legacy (“Kenneth S. Goodman, ‘Founding Father’ of Whole Language, Dead at 92,” May 21, 2020). Great conversation. I looked forward to the tribute. I knew it would be complicated and controversial; Ken was complicated and controversial. But I was sure the controversy would be treated as part of the tribute.Early Childhood Letter to the Editor A Debate Over Phonics InstructionTo the Editor:
In her opinion essay, Heidi Anne E. Mesmer proclaims that explicit instruction in phonics is not enough: Children must be taught print concepts, phonemic awareness, morphology, and fluency (“Phonics Is Just One Part of a Whole,” Feb. 12, 2020).Early Childhood Kids of Color Often Shut Out of High-Quality State Preschool, Research SaysDemocratic presidential candidates like to say they support universal prekindergarten programs, but what about early-learning programs that already exist?Early Childhood Federal Watchdog Finds Risk of Head Start Fraud, Ranking Republican Seeks HearingOfficials have not done enough to prevent fraud in Head Start programs, the GAO said. The findings prompted Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., the ranking member of the House education and labor committee, to call for a hearing on the federally funded preschool program for low-income children.Early Childhood Opinion What Early-Childhood Accountability Can Learn From K-12's MistakesEducation needs to stop going around in circles, writes Stanford’s Thomas S. Dee.Early Childhood How's Your Local Head Start Performing? Sampling Classrooms May Not Be EnoughIndividual Head Start classrooms vary enough in quality that the ratings of more than a third of centers could change by random chance, a new study finds. The results suggest those looking to improve the early education centers need to target support to individual teachers, not just to whole-school training.Early Childhood Ditch the Math Worksheets and Stop Killing Kids' CuriosityToo many early-childhood educators think math and play are mutually exclusive. They don't have to be, writes education professor Kathy Liu Sun.Early Childhood Could 'Redshirting' Become A Thing of the Past in Illinois?Lawmakers in Illinois are considering a bill that would require children to start kindergarten if they are 5 on or before May 31, with exceptions for summer birthdays.Early Childhood World Health Organization Recommends No More Than One Hour of Screen Time for Most Children Under 5The global health group also offers advice on physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep for infants and young children.Early Childhood Head Start Wants to Back Off Its Mandate to Lengthen Operating HoursThe federally funded preschool program for children from low-income families proposes ending a requirement that all center-based programs offer 1,020 hours of service per school year.