early childhood education

Children color at Youth & Family Day at WOSU@COSI.
A.J Zanyk

Daycare centers in Ohio continue to operate through the coronavirus pandemic, but the state’s Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is taking initial steps to create a backup plan for if those centers must close.

The Franklinton of the Columbus Metropolitian Library
Columbus Metropolitian Library

Two branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library closed over the weekend and won't reopen for about a month. 

Updated: Thursday 10:22 a.m.

A new Cincinnati study shows low income and black children benefit the most from being in preschool.

Several local organizations partnered to review Cincinnati Public Schools Kindergarten Readiness Assessment - Literacy (KRA-L). Kindergartners take the KRA-L before November so teachers can assess and teach to the instructional level of students. The data follows students who took the test in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 school years up until high school

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks at a Culinary Union hall Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Las Vegas.
John Locher / Associated Press

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) wrapped up his “Dignity of Work” tour over the weekend with several stops in South Carolina.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
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Gov. Mike DeWine's first joint address to the Ohio House and Senate will happen Tuesday at noon in the Statehouse, which is a change from the last seven years, when former Gov. John Kasich took the speech to different cities.

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On Tuesday, Columbus officials will lay out their plans for a new Hilltop early learning facility before the city school board.

Ohio Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine reviews his prepared comments ahead of a primary election night event, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.
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For the first time in eight years, Ohio gets a new governor on Monday. Its 70th governor, to be exact. But Mike DeWine is hardly a new face for Ohioans.

Gov.-elect Mike DeWine (center) introduces members of his transition team (l-r): Communications Director Lisa Peterson, Director of Transition Committee Laurel Dawson and LeeAnn Cornyn, in the newly created position of Director of Children's Initiatives.
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The transition to the administration of governor-elect Mike DeWine is bringing several changes to state government, including a new office dedicated to carrying out one of DeWine’s top campaign promises to  focus on the development and growth of infants and toddlers.

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Fewer than one in three kids in poor families in Ohio start kindergarten with the skills they need – things like counting, rhyming and sounding letters into words. So in high-poverty urban districts like Canton and its rural counterparts like Minerva, the achievement gap can seem like it’s locked in.

children with crayons

A new report shows low income Ohio children are not getting enough early intervention to be successful in school and life.

Rethinking Preschool and Early Childhood Education

Feb 18, 2016
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Parents sometimes rush to get their children learning as much as they possible can and as soon as they possibly can, in an effort to help their child succeed in an ever competitive world. Today, we will discuss possible unintended consequences of these "learning-heavy" environments and what some experts recommend parents and educators do instead to help young child learn and thrive