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in collaboration with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Fold low- or no-cost early childhood education into daycare

File under: education, welfare

5 (1 votes)

From: Gail S., Menlo Park, CA

Early childhood education, folded into daycare and delivered by well-trained, well-paid staff at low or no cost has been shown to result in positive effects in school and throughout the person's life. Additional benefits are fewer unwanted pregnancies and fewer incarcerations. On a full-time teachers' salary, I was very stretched after paying for childcare for two. There is no way on earth a low income mom could pay the going rate for quality daycare in my area. Also, improving the hours that this daycare were available, especially the start time, would be extremely helpful. My school administrators would not make any adjustments to my schedule and start time although they could have. Every morning was close to being a mini-crisis.


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American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

The Science of Smart

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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