FACT SHEET: Expanding Access to High-Quality Early Learning

“A high-quality early education can unlock the potential in every child and ensure that all children start kindergarten prepared for success. Because of historic investments from the Obama Administration, states and cities, more children—particularly those who have been historically underserved—now have access to high-quality early learning. We must continue our collective work so that all children have the foundation they need to thrive in school and beyond.” – U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. Read More

Recognizing the Importance of Fathers

One out of every three children in America —more than 24 million in total — live in a home without their biological father present, according to a 2012 White House Fatherhood Report. Roughly one out of every three Hispanic children and more than half of African-American children also live in homes without their biological fathers. The presence and involvement of a child’s parents protect children from a number of vulnerabilities. More engaged fathers — whether Read More

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance to Improve Educational Outcomes of Children and Youth in Foster Care

Today the U.S. Department of Education is releasing resources to emphasize and support the needs of foster care students. In addition to new guidance, ED has launched a dedicated web page, Students in Foster Care, and issued a joint letter with the U.S. Department of Health Human Services to education authorities about increasing educational stability for children and youth in foster care. The guidance released today will make it easier for caseworkers, child welfare agencies and tribal Read More

Listening and Learning at the International Summit on the Teaching Profession

At the end of March, National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, and I joined delegations from high-performing and rapidly improving education systems across the globe for the 4th International Summit on the Teaching Profession. Whether large or small, highly decentralized or not, countries share a common desire to create a high-quality education system that prepares Read More

Department of Education Releases New Parent and Community Engagement Framework

The fourth quarter of the school year is generally a time of preparation for schools and districts as they finalize next year’s budget, student and teacher schedules, and professional development for the upcoming school year. During this time of preparation, it is important that schools and districts discuss ways that they can support parents and the community in helping students to achieve success. To help in this work, the U.S. Department of Education is proud Read More

Rethinking High School: President Obama Announces New Youth CareerConnect Grants

“How do we start making high school … more interesting, more exciting, more relevant to young people?” That’s the idea behind the Youth CareerConnect grant program, which President Obama discussed this morning during his visit to Bladensburg High School in Prince George’s County, Maryland. In his remarks, the President announced that Bladensburg High was part of a three-school team in Prince George’s County that won a $7 million Youth CareerConnect grant. Full story of youth career connect Read More

U.S. Departments of Education and Health & Human Services Announce Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

The U.S. Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today the launch of Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!, a collaborative effort with federal partners to encourage developmental and behavioral screening for children to support the families and providers who care for them. By raising awareness of child development, Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! will help families look for and celebrate milestones; promote universal screenings; identify delays as early as possible; and Read More

Taking Time to Talk with Your Child about Tests

Assessments are part of life at school, but they don’t have to be a source of stress. Helping your child prepare properly for an exam is important, and the conversation doesn’t have to stop after the test is complete. Below are some tips parents might consider discussing with their child: Let your child know that you are proud of his/her achievements and together you will work on troublesome subject matter. Learn about the type of Read More

The President’s Budget: Early Learning

Fifty adults — including the Secretaries of Education and Health and Human Services, Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Representative Jim Moran (D-Va.) — visited the newest preschool among the Child and Family Network Centers (CFNC) to observe a quality bilingual program in action and to discuss President Obama’s newly released budget request for Fiscal Year 2015. The children and their engaging teacher, Tonya Johnson, showed us, once again, how much young children learn through play and working Read More

TeachME: New CEU courses for January

Recognizing Educational Success and Professional Excellence Course Desription This intermediate level continuing education course was developed using the U.S. Department of Education document, A Blueprint for R.E.S.P.E.C.T: Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence, and Collaborative Teaching. Students today are confronting unprec­edented challenges in their educations and heightened competition in an increasingly knowledge-based, global job market, and teachers have the opportunity to rethink the existing systems that have not been meeting our na­tion’s educational goal and to give Read More