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Early Childhood Initiatives Continue to Gain National Attention

January 8, 2015

Here at Ready Readers, we are very clear about the benefits of reading aloud; the entire premise of our program.  Luckily, this message is gaining national attention, as well!  Too Small to Fail – a federal joint initiative of the … Continue reading

The Achievement Gap?

December 1, 2014

Have you heard about the achievement gap?  Well, guess what… it’s really a word gap! I have no doubt that we have touched on this concept before, but we can never talk about this too much.  I’m as guilty as … Continue reading

Music. It Does a Body Good!

July 10, 2014

Music is not only enjoyable for young children (well, really “children” of any age), but it offers a variety of learning opportunities, as well. Several studies now show that when a young child is engaged with music from a young … Continue reading

Missouri will, in fact, Race to the Top!

June 23, 2014

In an editorial written on June 20th, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that a “brighter day is dawning for day care in Missouri.”  Under new legislation anxiously awaiting Governor Jay Nixon’s signature (Senate Bill 869), unlicensed day care programs … Continue reading

Maybe Missouri Can Race to the Top After All?

May 5, 2014

We’ve talked about this in the past, so I’m not going to rehash the same information and question again.  You know, the question of why Missouri was the ONLY STATE who had to take a pass on the Race to … Continue reading

Call to Action – Stop Proposed Changes to Teacher Certification

December 27, 2013

On October 21, 2013, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released information about their proposed changes to teacher certification in early childhood and elementary education. A summary of the main points affecting young children and teachers of … Continue reading

Are We Providing a Strong Start for America’s Children?

November 14, 2013

We all know (or should know by now) that high-quality programs benefit everyone: children, families, communities – and because of the return on investment, everyone wins.  The Strong Start for America’s Children Act has just been introduced in Congress by … Continue reading

Poverty and Toxic Stress

October 1, 2013

According to the new Census Bureau statistics that were released last week, 21.8 percent of American children under the age of 18 lived in poverty in 2012.  This percentage (which was the same in 2011 by the way) suggests that … Continue reading

Are we Crazy about our Kids?

August 8, 2013

  The primary influence on a child’s life is parenting, concluded the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in a mega-study in 2006. One can easily transfer this finding to caregivers in early childhood programs, who spend … Continue reading

Learning Happens from the Start

July 15, 2013

Learning Happens from the Start I just finished watching the most amazing thing…  Rally4babies!  This “rally” took place on July 8th and brought together Secretary Kathleen Sebelius – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary Arne Duncan – U.S. … Continue reading