Early Childhood Education http://wemu.org en New 'Kids Count' Survey Shows Improvements And Challenges http://wemu.org/post/new-kids-count-survey-shows-improvements-and-challenges <div><em><strong>State Child Poverty Up, Teen Deaths Down &nbsp;</strong></em></div><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The annual <a href="http://www.aecf.org/work/kids-count/">Kids Count </a>survey finds child poverty rates rising during 25 years of data-gathering while fewer teens are giving birth or dying.</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The report released Tuesday by the <a href="http://www.aecf.org/‎">Annie E. Casey Foundation </a>says Michigan ranks </span>32nd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in overall child well-being nationally, down one slot since last year.</span></div><div> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:34:52 +0000 Associated Press 49143 at http://wemu.org New 'Kids Count' Survey Shows Improvements And Challenges Ann Arbor Schools Holding Open House For Pre-K Options http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-schools-holding-open-house-pre-k-options <p>Ann Arbor Public Schools officials hope to get more pre-kindergarten aged kids registered for programs in the district this weekend.&nbsp; The district is holding an Open House at the Preschool and Family Center Saturday from 10 until 2.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 04:15:06 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43528 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Schools Holding Open House For Pre-K Options Report Says Many 3rd Graders Don't Meet Proficiency Standards http://wemu.org/post/report-says-many-3rd-graders-dont-meet-proficiency-standards <p>A new national report says only one in three children who started school in the late 1990's had the necessary cognitive skills by the third grade to go on to be successful adults.</p><p>Jane Zehnder-Merrell is the Director of the <a href="http://www.mlpp.org/kids-count"><strong>Kids Count in Michigan</strong></a> project. She explains that the study helps to chart the trajectory of kids' lives.<br /><br />The report followed 13,000 kids who began kindergarten at the end of the 1990's. Children from lower-income families had the lowest rate of sufficient cognitive development.</p><p>Zehnder-Merrell says funding programs that support these families, such as cash assistance or food stamps, would positively affect these rates. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 02:27:01 +0000 Bob Eccles 37274 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools Early Childhood Group Addresses Learning at Earliest Levels http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-early-childhood-group-addresses-learning-earliest-levels <p>The Ypsilanti Community Schools Early Childhood Advisory Committee is working on ways to improve education at the earliest levels, going as far as finding ways to give parents pre-natal help in making education choices.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>The committee presented a draft plan to the school board last night.&nbsp;</p><p>Margy Long co-chairs the group.&nbsp; She's also director of the <a href="http://Success by Six Great Start Collaborative.">Success by Six Great Start Collaborative.</a></p><p><br />Long says achievement gaps happen when every child isn't ready to learn by the time they enter kindergarten.</p><p>She says the Early Childhood Advisory Committee is trying to expand on what's been done in the area before.&nbsp;</p><p>She says teachers can't do everything, so a Family Resource Center could help.&nbsp;</p><p>The committee will make its formal report to the school board in early 2014.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 02:21:39 +0000 Bob Eccles 37273 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools Early Childhood Group Addresses Learning at Earliest Levels