A child’s first day of preschool or kindergarten can be exciting for him and his parents alike—it represents a rite of passage into later childhood. But that first experience in school can also be challenging, especially if the child is unprepared. This period of early education can be especially troubling for young children today, who are expected to keep up with more rigorous academic standards than those of just a few years ago. Some young children aren’t considered “school ready”, even if they meet the age requirements, because they are not prepared to learn in a formal classroom setting.
The good news is that the skills that a child needs to succeed in a classroom or school setting can be learned quite early in life, and reinforced by parents and caregivers long before a child sets foot in a school or childcare facility.
According to the Urban Child Institute, there are four key dimensions of school readiness: language and literacy, thinking skills, self-control, and self-confidence. These skills help a child learn to read, evaluate and solve problems, and get along with other children well enough so that learning can take place. If a child doesn’t learn the proper social and emotional skills early in life, and if she is not taught basic literacy and numeracy awareness, she has a more difficult time catching up to her peers later in school.
Parents and caregivers can help their children prepare for school early on by reading, talking and singing to them every day. Frequent reading and verbal communication during infancy leads to an awareness of vocabulary, which helps build literacy skills that will be useful later in school. Additionally, parents can help foster curiosity and a desire to learn in their children by playing games like hide-and-seek and taking the time to answer questions.
A quality preschool setting can also be useful to young children by helping them become familiar with an environment where teachers and children interact regularly without the presence of parents. In fact, studies have shown that a quality preschool can actually improve a child’s chances of academic success. While choosing a quality preschool can be difficult, the resources listed below provide useful tips for finding the right childcare facility for your child and family.
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Statement from President Clinton on the Retirement of John Dingell
John Dingell made history as the longest-serving member of Congress, yet Hillary and I will always know him as a passionate and tireless advocate for ordinary Americans—fighting for their civil rights, strengthening their healthcare, and championing their dreams of a better life. While someday a legislator may come along to serve longer than John’s nearly six decades on the Hill, his remarkable legacy of public service will remain unmatched. We’re proud to have worked alongside him, and we will always treasure his friendship. We wish John, Debbie and their entire family the very best.
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Speaking to an enthusiastic audience at a Coral Gables venue tonight, Hillary addressed a variety of issues from empowering women to health insurance to the environment. Reminding the audience that democracy is more than an election, she touched on foreign policy as well, e.g. the strife in Venezuela, and answered some questions from university President Donna Shalala and from the audience.
The former U.S. secretary of state urges UM students to join the “participation generation,” and get involved.
By Robert C. Jones Jr.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 26, 2014) — She spoke of the importance of everyone playing an active role in bettering society, noting that even the earliest Americans, such as farmers who would travel miles just to help build a barn, understood the concept.
She recalled attending a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago and being inspired by the great civil rights leader’s plea for citizens to “participate in the cause of justice.” She talked about health care, renewable energy, and how she and President Obama had a shared vision of democracy and economic prosperity for Latin America.
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According to Twitter reports, Hillary knew she was being tweeted from the HIMSS14 Conference , asked to be photographed on her best side (as if she has a bad one), broke out the political and geopolitical talk early, and praised the health care community. “You have continued on a path I made just a few footprints on.”
Telling healthcare professionals that we are on the cusp of extraordinary advances in healthcare due to technology, she encouraged the gathering of evidence and discouraged decision making in “evidence-free zones.” Telling her audience. “We need to leave the blaming, gaming, shaming and point-scoring at the door,” she suggested we “fix what doesn’t work together” saying “good data leads to good decisions.”
In the Q & A session, the first question was about Russia, Putin, and the situation in Ukraine. Hillary did not hold back. Citing Putin’s Soviet KGB background, she told the audience that from his perspective the breakup of the Soviet Union was the greatest catastrophe and that his aim is to reconsolidate the union. Comparing Putin’s regime to those of the czars and the communists, she said there is no doubt that he holds absolute authority. Affirming her support for the people of Ukraine, she warned that we need to thread the needle carefully in our relationship with Putin.
Some in the audience seemed confused, even disconcerted, that foreign policy was a point of discussion at a healthcare conference. We who know Hillary’s work well know that she would have no problem drawing the lines of relation between the two. Others seemed surprised that she works without a teleprompter. We would simply remind them that this is how it is with somebody who knows her stuff.
Here are some twitpics from the event.
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This information is very preliminary. I do not see the event listed at Altitude tickets as cited in the article, but since the tickets are reasonably priced, I thought I would pass the information on for those who plan to be in the area in early June.
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My mom, Melinda and me
The Clinton Foundation recently launched an important partnership with the Gates Foundation to advance the work of No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project. To announce our new effort, I sat down with my mom and Melinda Gates for a deeper conversation on the work we are going to do together and on the best ways to accelerate the inclusion of women and girls throughout the world in all aspects of the social, political, economic, and cultural life of their communities and their countries.
You can see a clip of the event here.
No Ceilings is an initiative launched this past November by my mom. It will examine the progress women and girls have made in the past 20 years since the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 and chart a path forward to give women and girls the opportunity to participate fully in their societies and our world. To understand how to continue advancing the rights and opportunities of women and girls around the world, we must take a close look at how far we have come, including in the United States. As we discussed at our event, a vital part of doing this work is through data. In order to erase the gender gap and advance the status of women and girls, women and girls must be counted and progress must be assessed. Data not only measures progress—it inspires it.
Working together, the Clinton Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will convene traditional development partners and less traditional development partners, principally leading technology companies, to collect and then compile data into a compelling and publicly accessible review that will identify the progress that has been made, and the gaps that remain, in the 20 years since the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. It will also provide evidence of the strong connection between rights and opportunities for women and girls and prosperity, stability and security around the world.
The raw data and progress report will both be released in digital and written forms in 2015 in advance of the anniversary of the Beijing Conference.
If you have not yet, I hope you will take this chance to sign up to be a part of No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project.
In speaking with Melinda, she eloquently summed up why we’re all so committed to this work: “If we empower women, they’re going to lift their children up, their whole family up, including their daughters, and that virtuous cycle gets going and then those daughters lift the next generation up.”
While we may not yet have a clear picture of what specific actions we will need to take to crack and break ceilings everywhere for every woman and girl, we do know that the work ahead of us cannot be undertaken by any single individual or organization. It begins with the involvement of women, men, girls, and boys from all walks of life—NGOs, governments, businesses, and more—all with an understanding that women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights.
I hope you’ll join us, and help accelerate progress for women and girls around the world.
P.S. In case you missed it, check out this highlights video from our conversation.
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