Young boy and his mother reading together on a park bench

Is Kindergarten Getting in the Way of Learning?

It’s said that kindergarten-ready children are on track for a lifetime of academic achievement, but is kindergarten ready for kids? Christopher Brown, a former kindergarten teacher turned professor of early childhood education at the University of Texas, looked at how… Read More

Striving for Less Than Five Days Absent in DeSoto County

This year, more than 2,300 DeSoto County elementary school students participated in the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s Attendance Awareness Poster Contest, fully funded by The Patterson Foundation. The annual contest is held during Attendance Awareness Month to promote outstanding… Read More

Child-Care Providers Unsure About State Funding

A new software system the Office of Early Learning installed in July remains not fully operational, leaving childcare centers across the state wondering if they are receiving the right payments for their services. Michelle Lewis, the owner of Beautiful Blessings… Read More