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September 7, 1995 | By Marguerite P. Jones, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
An all-day event focusing on early-childhood education will be held at Bucks County Community College on Oct. 7. Sponsored by the Bucks County Association for the Education of Young Children, the event will feature June S. Delano, who works with Head Start and other early-childhood programs. Delano will talk about the importance of good teaching in helping children thrive. In addition, the conference will offer more than 25 workshops on early- childhood education. For more information, call Pat Miiller at 215-493-4679.
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December 25, 2011 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 28, 2000 | By Erika Hobbs, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Voters yesterday narrowly turned down a $30 million bond issue that would have revamped the district's early-childhood system, moved some youngsters to different schools, and raised the school tax rate by nearly 10 cents. The vote was 557-456. Fewer than 7 percent of Deptford's 15,500 registered voters turned out. The Board of Education had planned to build three early-childhood centers, offer full-day kindergarten classes, and renovate several schools to fulfill new state education requirements.
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September 9, 2010 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Public Welfare Secretary Harriet Dichter is leaving the Rendell administration to launch the Washington office of a nonprofit organization devoted to influencing federal policy on early education. Dichter is joining the First Five Years Fund, which on its website lists its goal as ensuring that the interests of at-risk children from birth to age 5 are included in policy and funding decisions across the country. The organization also works to attract public- and private-sector investment in the early-childhood field.
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December 17, 1993 | by Sheila Simmons, Daily News Staff Writer
If money can help solve the problem of urban crime and violence, Temple University now has a lot of it to spend. The university has received a $3.9 million grant from the federal government to work on the problem over the next five years. At least Seymour J. Rosenthal is excited. "I think we're on to something here," he told scores of people, from community activists to city officials, who packed the university's Diamond Club yesterday to kick off the project. Rosenthal, director of Temple's Center for Social Policy and Community Development, said the school's effort would not focus on the results of violence.
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February 4, 2007 | By Teresa Anicola FOR THE INQUIRER
At Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Moorestown, it's all about keeping it in the family. And at a Leadership Assembly during Catholic Schools Week last week, the school bestowed its Distinguished Graduate of the Year award to two people - sisters who teach at the elementary school. Not only do Sandra and Cynthia Prokop teach there, but their mother, Sharon, has worked there as a first-grade teacher's aide for more than 10 years. The daughters live in Mount Laurel with their parents and grandmother, and the three women drive to work together.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 26, 2003 | By ANNE SHLAY & MARSHA WEINRAUB
SEVERAL BILLS being debated in Harrisburg support voluntary preschool for low-income children. After years of inaction, Pennsylvania is now poised to make a substantial investment in its youngest citizens. Most of the legislative debate swirls around procedural issues. How much will be invested, how will this initiative be funded, will vouchers be used, and what role will school districts play? All but smothered by these controversies are the factors that 40 years of research show are necessary for such a public investment to achieve the legislation's stated goals of readiness for school and future employability.
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September 3, 2000 | By Erika Hobbs, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
New state funds for school construction projects could revive the Board of Education's $32 million plans to renovate schools and build early-childhood centers. In June, voters defeated a ballot question to permit the school district to bond nearly the entire cost of a project that would have built three early-childhood centers, allowed the district to offer full-day kindergarten, and renovated several district schools. The project, which school officials contended was necessary to meet new state standards, would have raised the tax rate for the first time in six years.
LIVING
August 22, 1997 | By Susan Caba, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
From the porch of her mother's summer cottage, Alix Cheston Thorne enjoys a spectacular view of boats bobbing in sparkling Penobscot Bay, against a backdrop of the verdant Camden hills a few miles across the water. She watches as a young boy - he could be a nephew, or maybe a third cousin, it's hard to tell because her familial roots are an incredible tangle - scrambles into a dinghy for a quick trip across the protected cove. "It's like a rite of passage, when you first get to go back and forth across the cove by yourself," she says, eliciting nods from the others on the porch - her mother, a cousin, a great-uncle and various others.
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June 4, 2015 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 19, 2015 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
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.
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September 18, 2014 | By Joe Dolinsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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?
NEWS
December 25, 2011 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 17, 2011 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
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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.
NEWS
August 29, 2011 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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