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Digital Access for All

Who needs dependable access to large amounts of digital data at high speeds and affordable prices? Everyone. That aspect of modern life led T…

Census 2020: Critical component for Head Start funding

Editor’s Note: Philip Tavill is the President/CEO of Children First, a four-time designated National Head Start Association Program of Excell…

19th-Century Literacy Groups Help Shape New Educational Approach

In the 19th century, black intellectuals in the northeast gathered regularly in literacy groups to research, debate, and write about everythi…

Inequities in Child Opportunity Revealed in Latest Research of US Neighborhoods

Adjacent neighborhoods can have wide disparities in lifelong outcomes. Along much of Florida’s Gulf Coast, inequities are more common between…

A Bus that Turns into a Preschool Classroom

At no cost to the families, buses “Rosie” and “Sunny” park in their student’s driveways in rural Clay County, Kentucky, to introduce 3- and 4…

Taking the Risk Out of Motherhood

The increased maternal mortality rate among black women holds true across income and coverage status. The country with the most expensive hea…

How Can We Support Kids in Foster Care? Change Their Narrative

A girlfriend told me she wanted to foster but would wait until her own child grew up and moved out, just to be safe. This doesn’t make her a …

Aspirations Journalism: Make gratitude a family value, not holiday entertainment

Tips on teaching gratitude to children, all year long. For some families, volunteering during the holidays is a tradition. But not all tradit…

Aspirations Journalism: Florida’s youngest children are losing out on health insurance coverage

Florida has the second-highest number of uninsured children under the age of 6 in the U.S. When a 2018 report revealed that 42% of the state’…

Safe and Stunted: How overprotective parents can get in the way of outdoor play

A recent study shows that just 10% of parents discuss race often with their children. In the Netherlands, children are dropped into the woods…

Aspirations Journalism: It’s not too early to talk to children about race

A recent study shows that just 10% of parents discuss race often with their children. For the first time, less than half the nation’s childre…

Breaking Down Brain Science as an Early-Childhood Discipline Strategy

Teaching kids about their brains helps them understand their behavior. Meet Amy G. Dala. She can be emotional and knows a lot about fear. She…

Study Shows Screen Use in Young Children May Disrupt Language and Literacy Skills

A new study finds 3- to 5-year-olds who use screens more than an hour a day have lower measures of development in the brain’s white matter, w…

Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s Summer Program Proves to be a Success

In its third year, the Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge worked with 97 summer providers serving predominantly asset-limited families. As stu…

Smartphone Use Increasing Among Young Children

No one knows the right age to start carrying a computer in your pocket. But more than half of 11-year-olds now own a smartphone, according to…

Investing in Infant Care Boosts Brains, Equity, and Economy

What do parking spaces in Manhattan, 1982 Bordeaux, and early childhood care have in common? They’re rare and expensive. What sets early chil…

Number of Uninsured Children in Florida Rises

Florida is ranked 45th in the country, according to the latest Children’s Health Care Report Card. It’s back to training wheels when it comes…

Discipline or Public Shaming? Classroom Behavior Boards May Miss Mark

In many elementary schools, it’s easy to know who the class clown is because, on a thermometer cutout on the wall, a clothespin with their na…