In our last post, we took a look at several potential funders of early childhood education nonprofits. Now let’s take a look at how to connect with your state’s Early Childhood Education Advisory Council, and why it’s important to do so.Almost every state in the U.S. has one, and the council puts out a yearly report that summarizes recent developments from each state. You can also see how much money your state’s council was awarded for the year, and how much it expended.
Clever equity investors! Goldman Sachs is profiting by investing in Social Impact Bonds, which pay off by helping pre-schoolers avoid placement in special education. The pilot program is in Utah. Goldman Sachs makes money for every child who is not referred to special education services.
But critics are skeptical:
“Nine early-education experts reviewed the program for The New York Times and identified irregularities in how the program’s success was measured. These seemed to significantly overstate the effect of the investment.
“Goldman said its investment helped almost 99 percent of the Utah children it was tracking to avoid special education.
“Researchers say well-funded preschool programs can reduce the proportion of students needing special education by 50 percent at most, usually nearer 10 or 20 percent.
“The success rate in the Utah program was based on what researchers say was a faulty assumption — that many of the school children would have…
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Well, hallelujah. My poor daughter felt like a complete guinea pig for testing last year in the fourth grade. There needs to be strict limits to how much time is spent on these tests.
The Obama administration acknowledged that students are spending too much time on testing and recommended that no more than 2% of classroom instructional time be devoted to testing.
Apparently the administration is reacting to bipartisan opposition and widespread parent protests against the diversion of time and billions of dollars to high-stakes testing. Public sentiment, as recorded in recent polls, opposes the overuse of standardized testing.
In addition, the Times reports, the administration was reacting to a new report from the Council of Great City Schools, which found that the current regime of testing has not improved achievement.
You might say that the Obama administration is lamenting the past 13 years of federal policy, which mandated annual testing, and made test scores the determinative factor in the evaluation of teachers, principals and schools.
In short, the Bush-Obama policies have been a disaster.
This is a classic case of too little, too…
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Recently I gave a webinar for a jam-packed cyberhouse on early childhood education funding—where to find grant money for your ECE nonprofit. One big question I wanted to help answer for my audience was where the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is going with its early childhood education funding strategy. Since Gates is such a looming presence in philanthropy, and because ECE nonprofits in general are fierce hunters for grant dollars, this seemed like an important area to make sure I had covered.
There are 677 registrants for this webinar so far, with a capacity of 1000. Register today!
J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos, has been going through a dramatic expansion and recently set up shop in the United States. Now, Lumos has released a new short film narrated by Rowling that seeks to draw attention to the disservice done to children by long-term institutional care.In the three-minute film, Children Need Families Not Orphanages, Rowling speaks passionately about why children need families to grow and thrive, and how institutional settings cannot meet the biological and developmental needs of children for individual love and care.