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An archive of research links and resources highlighting preschool, kindergarten and child research studies, conducted by educational and independent sources and how they relate to childhood development, family cohesiveness and educational values.

      
 Title   Date   Author   Host 

DOE State of Indiana [pdf file]

August 29, 2006

Initiated by Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 529 during the 2005 legislative session, it is the product of eleven months of work. The legislation specified what the plan should address, and who should participate in its development.

The plan covers many topics including assessment, accountability and outcome measurement, finance and budget, best practices, referral networks, school standards, workforce development, and training. Considerable information and insight were gathered through three public forums conducted in the north, central and southern regions of the state.

Sci-tech Today

by Frederick Lane

August 18, 2006

The bill would require Internet companies to destroy obsolete electronic data, and data that could be used to individually identify consumers. The bill would also instruct the FTC to set up standards for the maintenance and destruction of data.

The news that AOL released the search histories of 658,000 of its users is renewing calls for federal legislation to protect consumer privacy online. In the wake of the disclosure, Representative Edward Markey (D-Mass.) urged his colleagues to take action on privacy legislation he proposed in February of this year. "Technology is the engine which will drive our economy into the next century, but the success of this technology balances on the public trust," Markey said. "If 2005 was the year of the data breach, I want to make sure that 2006 is the year of safeguarding the privacy of American citizens by introducing legislation to prevent the stockpiling of private citizens personal data."

attrition.org

by martums

August 18, 2006

You kissed your privacy goodbye a long time ago, right?

If betraying the trust of 2/3 of a million subscribers equals a mistake, how do they define catastrophe? Apart from the obvious PR quagmire that AOL now finds itself in, and the painful regret that AOL users may be feeling (and should have been feeling since they signed up), the long-term impact is immeasurable. Their stock is falling. They're giving away BYOA accounts, (they'd have to at this point), a move which may cost Time Warner over a billion dollars by 2009. They're facing penalties, fines, not to mention lawsuits. If there's a bottom for any business to hit, they're very close.

New York Times

August 18, 2006

AOLs misstep in briefly posting its customers Internet search queries has reminded many Americans that their private searches are not entirely their own.

Privacy advocates and search industry watchers have long warned that the vast and valuable stores of data collected by search engine companies could be vulnerable to thieves, rogue employees, mishaps or even government subpoenas. Four major search companies were served with government subpoenas for their search data last year, and now once again, privacy advocates can say, "We told you so." AOLs misstep last week in briefly posting some 19 million Internet search queries made by more than 600,000 of its unwitting customers has reminded many Americans that their private searches - for solutions to debt or bunions or loneliness - are not entirely their own.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

by Dr. Sheldon H. Horowitz

August 18, 2006

The question about whether a child should begin kindergarten when he or she reaches the prescribed age for school entry has "readiness" written all over it.

And as we all know, "readiness" is not something that can be easily measured. What variables need to be considered when we think about readiness for? Ask any child who has had to repeat a grade how they feel about having been "left back" and you'll quickly realize how serious a decision this is for parents and educators to make. An early study asked young students to rate a series of stressful events, and being left back ranked third, immediately following "going blind" and "losing a parent." Point made!

Technology & Science

by Steve Connor

August 16, 2006

The nine planets of the solar system are about to be transformed into 12.

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is planning to add three new members to the exclusive club of large celestial objects orbiting our Sun. Astronomers are about to vote on an official proposal to extend the definition of a planet to include at least three more objects that are known to be big enough to warrant planetary status. It will mean that astronomy textbooks will have to be rewritten with the names Ceres, Charon and UB313 being added to the more familiar names of the classical planets.

C.D. Howe Institute [pdf]

by John Richards and Matthew Brzozowski

August 11, 2006

Ottawa and the provinces should use their spending powers to ensure access to reasonable quality childcare programs for "at risk" children, rather than launch universal childcare, says a Commentary released today by the C.D. Howe Institute.

Childcare programs targeted on disadvantaged families could generate significant benefits, says the paper, Let's Walk before We Run: Cautionary Advice on Childcare, by John Richards, Professor, Public Policy Program, at Simon Fraser University and Matthew Brzozowski, Assistant Professor, Economics, at the University of Western Ontario. While studies show childcare programs benefit children from low-income or single-parent families, who are likely to be disadvantaged in terms of preparation for formal schooling, the net benefits for children from stable, middle-class homes are doubtful, according to the study. Why do "at risk" children clearly benefit? Evidence from US studies suggests that benefits are a function of the gap between the quality of the childcare centre and the home as a learning environment.

Reason Foundation [pdf]

by Christopher F. Cardiff and Edward Stringham

May 30, 2006

Almost two-thirds of California families currently choose to send their 4-year-olds to preschool.Of those who do, almost half choose a preschool program operated by the state of California, while the other half choose a privately operated preschool.

If Proposition 82, an initiative on the June ballot, is implemented those figures will radically change. Most family- and other privately owned preschools will vanish, replaced by government-run, taxpayer-funded preschools. This report assesses RAND Corporation's cost benefit analysis and finds that it significantly overestimates the upsides and drastically underestimates the downsides of universal preschool and the California proposal. Using RAND's own data and alternative assumptions based on the studies they reference, it is easy to demonstrate that universal preschool generates losses of 25 to 30 cents for every dollar spent.

lifehacker.com

by Gina Trapani

April 20, 2006

The New York Times sings the praises of expanding your screen real estate across two monitors, using two video cards or an upgraded card with two outputs.

If a video card upgrade isn't in your future, see also how to set up multiple virtual desktops.

Reason (CA)

by Lisa Snell

April 17, 2006

The Institute for American's Future and the Center for American Progress are calling for $325 billion of added federal education spending over the next decade to create a nationwide, universal preschool program.

Although the coalition has not released a specific plan, typical universal preschool proposals call for replacing the private parentdriven preschool system with a taxpayer-funded system that would likely add one or two years of "voluntary" preschool for all children onto the current K-12 public education system. Nationwide, at least 40 states provide funding for preschool programs, and at least 28 considered legislation to expand state-funded preschool programs in 2005.

      
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