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West Coast Bureau Chief

Lillian Mongeau

Lillian Mongeau is the West Coast Bureau Chief. Her future as a writer was not a forgone conclusion, according to her first grade teacher, Miss. Gill. "I would like to see her put more effort into her writing," Gill wrote on Lillian's first term report card. Also, "Practice math facts to 10... She should know them without using her fingers." While Lillian still often uses her fingers to add (Common Core says it's OK), she has gone on to win several awards for her writing. Most notably, she was a 2017 Livingston Award for Young Journalists finalist for her series on public preschool in the United States. Lillian was also awarded a special citation from the Education Writers Association for a feature in The Dallas Morning News on returning to South Texas, where she'd served as a Teach For America teacher, to see her former students graduate high school. Her work for The Hechinger Report has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor among other publications. Lillian is an alumna of the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and Barnard College at Columbia University. When she's not reading the news or a novel, she likes to ski, quilt and run.

Recent Stories

working moms

Will election 2020 be the working moms’ moment?

It's been nearly 50 years since former President Richard Nixon vetoed universal child care, now two presidential candidates are proposing we bring the idea back.

inmigrantes

El futuro diverso del Medio Oeste estadounidense ya llegó a una escuela de Iowa

Sioux City, Iowa, es un oasis de diversidad en el estado que vota primero en las primarias presidenciales; los líderes escolares de la región dejan la política a un lado para ayudar a sus estudiantes inmigrantes

immigrant students

Diverse future of the Midwest has already arrived in one Iowa school district

Sioux City, Iowa, is an oasis of diversity in the state that votes first in presidential primaries; school leaders here set politics aside to serve immigrant students

music in schools

Low-income districts find ways to help students make music

Though wealth gaps remain, more American kids at all income levels get music in school now than 20 years ago

sexual health education

It’s not about sex: Teaching young children where babies come from (and other stuff)

Comprehensive sexual health education, which covers friendship and families along with babies and bodies, is rare in America’s elementary schools even though experts say it’s critical

Full-day kindergarten students Januel Soto and Guijermo Rodriguez work on drawing pictures as part of a writing workshop project at Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Kindergarten behavior predicts adult earning power

New research draws a direct link between kids’ attentiveness, aggression and friendliness in kindergarten and their adult income

Sending your boy to preschool is great for your grandson, new research shows

Children of parents who attended a high-quality preschool program in the 1960s were better educated, healthier, better employed and more likely to stay stably married, especially if they were boys born to preschool-educated fathers.

child care assistance

Just 13 percent of child care assistance goes to student parents

States control who gets federally supported child care assistance and few prioritize parents pursuing education or training

Regulations for child care hard to roll back, as Trump proposed, because there aren’t many

According to reporting by The Hechinger Report, the lack of tight regulations is contributing to an epidemic of poor quality care offered to young children in the U.S.

depression

Among preschoolers, bullies who get bullied are at high risk for depression

New research finds that 2- to 3-year-olds who both bully and are bullied by their peers are the most likely to show signs of childhood depression

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