June 4, 2015 |
The Nutter administration on Tuesday laid out an ambitious vision for assuring that all children in Philadelphia benefit from high-quality early learning experiences. Labeled "A Running Start Philadelphia: For Every Child, Birth to Five," the outline offers guidance on how the city can guarantee the best learning opportunities for its youngest citizens as a way to offset the long-term, systemic poverty in some neighborhoods. "With this plan, Philadelphia has developed a strategy to support its children and families by building stronger schools to create a more competitive workforce," Nutter said.
March 5, 2015 |
Last Wednesday night, beneath colorful Mexican cut-paper banners and decorative sombreros, toddlers clambered past one another to grab maracas as children's music performer Andres Salguero began a bilingual serenade, inviting his new amigos to sing along. It was the grand opening of Mi Casita, the first full-day, Spanish-language-immersion preschool and day-care center in Philadelphia. For Ashley Herr-Perrin of Point Breeze, it was the answer to an epic school search. "I actually called 19 different day cares around the city to see if there was a foreign-language component, and most said no," she said.
January 19, 2015 |
Hello there The smoked salmon started it. A group of friends had dinner in Doylestown one spring evening in 1991. Somebody invited Lori, someone else invited Linda. Only the two of them wanted that particular appetizer, so they shared it, talking over the plate and enjoying their talk as much as the food. Lori had to leave after dinner - she had work early the next morning. Linda walked her to her car, and asked for her phone number. "We had so much in common," Linda said.
September 18, 2014 |
Standing before about 500 3- and 4-year-olds at Franklin Square, the head of Philadelphia's school district made his case for more money for prekindergarten education. "What we know is that if kids have access to high-quality pre-K, then they're already off to a beautiful start," Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. told the children and more than 200 advocates and providers who packed the square. "Quite frankly, it's the difference between reading at a third-grade level and not. That's a big indicator for us for future success of a child.
March 20, 2012
By Jeanette Winterson Grove Press. 224 pp. $25 Reviewed by Joelle Farrell In her breakthrough novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit , Jeanette Winterson called the coming-out, coming-of-age story "semiautobiographical. " The fictional bits, it turns out, were those characters who helped Jeanette, the teenage main character who suffered under her Pentecostal adoptive mother. In real life, Winterson had no such allies. Winterson titled her new memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
December 25, 2011 |
Sitting in a tall wooden chair with his feet hanging a foot above the floor, 4-year-old Sameen Abdul-Haqq proudly held up his Batman painting - a blend of black and blue lines on white paper - and fielded questions from his preschool classmates at the John S. and James L. Knight Early Learning Research Academy. Sameen answered all queries the same: "Batman. " The lesson was meant to get children comfortable presenting thoughts to their peers, their teacher later explained.
December 17, 2011 |
Pennsylvania and New Jersey were among the losers in the latest competition for federal Race to the Top education grants. This time around, 35 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico were vying for a share of $500 million to help make prekindergarten and other early-childhood learning programs more accessible and better able to narrow the achievement gap between those who enter kindergarten with previous formal schooling and those...
October 15, 2011
Jagjit Singh, 70, a singer of wide popularity in South Asia who helped revive and popularize ghazals - a venerable form of Persian poetry set to music expressing the writer's feelings, especially about love - died Monday in Mumbai. The cause was a brain hemorrhage. Until Mr. Singh embraced the form, ghazal singing was followed largely by the elite. He helped bring it to a wider audience, including young people steeped in rock and hip-hop. With a hauntingly velvet voice expressing the brooding sadness and the lyricism of his songs, he performed to packed audiences in India, Pakistan and elsewhere in South Asia and released dozens of albums during his 40-year career.
August 29, 2011 |
In 1984, Leontine Dillon Scott, executive director for early childhood education in the Philadelphia School District, summoned all of her kindergarten teachers and aides to a full day of training. It was the first time that had happened in at least 10 years. Emphasizing the new, 55-page kindergarten curriculum, Mrs. Scott explained: "The image once held of the young child at play has begun to give way to an image of the thoughtful and serious individual whose intellectual development cannot be left to chance.
May 4, 2011
Moms are advice-givers. Sometimes their wisdom helps us in the moment, but frequently, the brilliance of their counsel - which sounded odd at the time - becomes apparent only years later. As Mother's Day approaches, we wanted to highlight this gift of guidance by publishing your mothers' best advice - some strange, but all true. My grandfather ran a small suburban hotel that had once been a retirement home. Many of the retirees chose to stay on after the transition.