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Marletha Muhammad helps her daughter, Khanila, spell her name with chalk at a June playgroup meeting in Rocky Mount, North Carolina The purpose of the meetings is to encourage healthy interactions between parents and their young children.

Playgroups offer rural families a head start on school

A North Carolina program shows parents the importance of play

Jackie Brenner, 18, practicing yoga in the yard of a family friend’s home in Bryn Mawr, Pa., in July. Through her nonprofit, Piece of Peace, she teaches others how to live healthy lives.

Back to school ideas for preschool thru college — and teachers too

Jackie Brenner, 18, practicing yoga in the yard of a family friend’s home in Bryn Mawr, Pa., in July. Through her nonprofit, Piece of Peace, she teaches others…

Northern Cass student Katelyn Stavenes taking part in the Jaguar Academy pilot, a piece of the district’s plan to eliminate grade levels by the fall of 2020.

What’s school without grade levels?

One district’s drive to teach competencies means eliminating age-based classrooms

Kanetha Brown goes over the days of the week with her charges at her home-based child care program in Wichita, Kan. Brown has training as an educator, but knows of other home-based care options where kids learn little during the day. Most states only require a high school diploma to run a home-based child care facility.

Five things you should know about the people watching your children

Caring for young children in the U.S. continues to be devalued as unskilled ‘women’s work’

The Martin Luther King Bridge, top, and Eads Bridge, bottom, connect East St. Louis with downtown St. Louis. Little of the economic boom that has transformed St. Louis has made it across the river.

Will turning schools into hubs for services help revive dying cities?

In East St. Louis, the school district is helping parents get back on their feet

Hakeem Bey’s laminated list of Oakland schools’ achievement data, which he uses while canvassing for Oakland REACH.

How transparent is school data when parents can’t find it or understand it?

It’s tough to help a child succeed when school “report cards” are full of confusing jargon

Jennifer Rich

The importance of difficult conversations in U.S. classrooms: Teaching about the migrant crisis

What educators can do to encourage thoughtful, respectful debate—even among elementary students

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Nurse Polita Williams weighs 8-month-old Jamir during a home visit.

This program is proven to help moms and babies—so why aren’t we investing in it more?

How home-visiting could improve outcomes for at-risk children

Chancellor Antwan Wilson of DCPS during a visit at the Washington Metropolitan High School.

What lengths will you take to get your child in a “good” school?

A school leader breaks his own rules to enroll his child in a school

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