Below you’ll find our weekly early ed newsletter, “Early Ed Update,” for Tuesday, December 9, 2014. To receive our Early Ed newsletters, please sign up below:

New Report: Putting Learning on the Map: In a new report, Lindsey Tepe highlights examples of how mapping and analysis have been used to understand pieces of 21st century learning networks. The report exposes what is necessary to succeed in a century in which learning is dependent upon, and defined by, the formal, informal, and online resources families and students have within their reach.(

A Snapshot of Kids’ Language and Literacy Apps (Part 3): In an ongoing series, Sarah Vaala and Anna Ly continue to discuss the most educational literacy apps. Their analysis will help parents and educators to utilize the most effective apps for children. (

Best Research Yet on the Effects of Full-Day Kindergarten: C.J. Libassi analyzes the benefits of full-day kindergarten described in a new randomized study by Chloe R. Gibbs, at the University of Virginia. The preliminary results show that full-day kindergarten is beneficial for all children, especially for Hispanic children. (

This Week in Early Ed

Zero-to-Five – The Convention on the Rights of the Child commemorated its 25th anniversary last month; the United States has yet to ratify this international agreement, writes Jody Heymann in Zocalo Public SquareKatharine Stevens of the American Enterprise Institute discusses the implications of Christopher Walters review of the Head Start Impact Study… New America’s Abbie Lieberman also discussed distinguishing characteristics of successful Head Start programs, on EdCentral… The funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program will end in March of 2015, Christina Samuels of Education Week writes about how advocacy groups are fighting to maintain this evidence-based program… DC Kids Count released a report on how greater access to early care and education can support the development of young Hispanic children… Child Care Aware of America released a report that summarizes the cost of child care by state… Rebecca Klein analyzes the Child Care Aware report in The Huffington Post.

Around the States –  The Washington D.C. city council approved $80 million in extra funding to help schools mitigate the effects of poverty, according to Michael Alison Chandler of The Washington Post… Los Angeles’ universal preschool program may lose funding for 11,000 slots in 2016, greatly impacting low-income families, writes Deepa Fernandes of KPCC… A state audit found that Oregon has some of the least affordable child care in the country, reports Anna Staver in Statesman Journal… Republican state lawmakers in North Dakota are supporting a pre-K plan that will increase program access to 6,000 children, notes Niraj Chokshiin The Washington Post… Indianapolis passes a $40 million pre-K plan that will provide preschool scholarships to low-income families, according to Brian Eason in The Indianapolis Star.

Teachers – A new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) discusses the impact of teacher pay scales on teacher retention and recruitment… Motoko Rich writes about the NCTQ study in The New York Times… New America’s Melissa Tooley writes about the U.S. Departments of Education’s new HEA Title II proposed regulations for reporting and accountability of teacher preparation program quality, at EdCentral.

Inequities – New America’s Conor Williams discusses the reasons progressives have ignored deaths, like Eric Garner’s, for years, in the Opinion section of Talking Points Memo… Matt Phillips writes about inequality and its influence on education, in The Atlantic… The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating New York to determine if the state is discriminating against districts with larger populations of students of color through inequitable funding practices, according to Alyson Klein and Lauren Camera of Education Week.

Also Worth Noting –  In the wake of the Ferguson decision, over 60 school districts around the country have a recommitted focus on creating more educational opportunities for boys of color, according to Corey Mitchell and Denisa Superville of Education Week… In 2009, sixty percent of children in the U.S. had witnessed violence, Anne Machalinski discusses ways to mitigate the impact of this exposure, in The New York Times’ Motherlode… Schools are beginning to teach common core math to both children and their parents, reports Liana Heitin of Education Week… U.S. Attorney General Holder and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan released guidelines on improving the education of young people within juvenile justice centers.