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Childcare expert: Preschool expulsion is a national problem

Children are getting kicked out of preschool at three to 13 times the rate that kids get expelled from grades K-12, says Walter Gilliam, director of The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University, who continues to research the trend. Last month, Gilliam was visiting Southwest Human Development in Phoenix. […]

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Picture books about storytelling (and why it’s so important!)

“If I had a little book, I would name it Friend. Friend would go wherever I went, our story would never end.” — from “If I Had a Little Dream,” by Nina Laden Never mind the whole multiverse thing. Our particular universe is complicated enough. It operates on a multitude of scales simultaneously, from the […]

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Birth to 5 Q&A: How to stop the “summer slide” in learning

Q: What can I do with my preschooler to keep him occupied and learning over the summer? A: As a parent or caregiver, no one cares more about your child’s education than you do. Get involved in helping your child learn at home this summer. This preparation will help ensure that your child will enter […]

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Child Crisis Arizona expands Early Head Start to Mesa

Child Crisis Arizona is expanding its Early Head Start program to Mesa, and 114 additional children and mothers will be able to take advantage of the services this fall. Established in 1994, Early Head Start programs help with the mental, social and emotional development of children from birth to age 3. In addition to education, […]

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Kindergarten redshirting: Should you hold back your preschooler?

Arizona parents with pre-K children right now are prepping them for kindergarten. For some, the process is pretty straightforward: “My child turned 5 by September 1; kindergarten roundup here we come!” For others, particularly those whose children have a late-summer birthday, the decision is not black and white. Rather, it’s more like a 64-count box […]

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Pretend play: Serious learning and important work for a child

“Mama, you’re the baby. Buckle up in your car seat.” I half look up from the laundry I’m folding. “Hmm?” “Mama! Buckle up for safety! I am driving us to the airport,” says my 3-year-old, who has my full attention now. I still can’t get over when he mimics phrases I use with him. I dutifully […]

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Overwhelmed by school choice? Come to Education Fair AZ

On Saturday, Nov. 5, Raising Arizona Kids magazine will host the Valley’s first large-scale school-choice event. Education Fair AZ is an opportunity to meet with representatives from up to 100 local public, charter and private schools and a variety of resources that support success in learning. The free, drop-in event runs 10 a.m. to 3 […]

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Changing Hands offers Grandparents Day Build-A-Book events

Sunday, Sept. 11 is Grandparents Day. What a lovely idea for a holiday — setting aside a day for grandchildren to celebrate the special-ness of their grandparents, and the magic of the bond between them. No cards, candy, fancy food, flowers or gifts are required, just together time, full of sharing hugs and family stories. One terrific […]

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Kindergarten Bootcamp teaches school readiness

Of all the childhood milestones, the first day of school seems to be the most emotionally fraught for parents and kids. The earlier firsts—smile, all-night sleep, crawl, step, word—are biologically driven, highly anticipated and unreservedly joyful. But starting school, activated by cultural norms instead of natural ones, signals the child’s “official” journey into the broader […]

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Preschools in the greater-Phoenix area

Looking for a preschool? Our directory of early childhood programs in Maricopa County answers many of your questions and saves you time. VALLEYWIDE Children’s Learning Adventure Childcare Centers Locations in Gilbert, Goodyear, Laveen, Maricopa, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale and Tucson 888-419-7819 • childrenslearningadventure.com Ages 6 weeks-K; offer before- and after-school programs for school-age children. Childtime Learning […]

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