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The department should ensure that student are protected when colleges use third-party servicers, like Higher One, to deliver aid refunds, a report says.
Fifty adults — including the Secretaries of Education and Health and Human Services, Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Representative Jim Moran (D-Va.) — visited the newest preschool among the Child and Family Network Centers (CFNC) to observe a quality bilingual program in action and to discuss President Obama’s newly released budget request for Fiscal Year 2015.
The children and their engaging teacher, Tonya Johnson, showed us, once again, how much young children learn through play and working together in a stimulating environment. Even with 15 visiting adults in the room, the children stayed on task, interacted positively with each other, and went about their business of learning.
I had as much fun listening to the happy sounds of learning from these joyful preschoolers as I did hearing from some of our country’s leaders, as they discussed how early education is represented in the federal budget requests for both the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. The President’s budget proposes $500 million — double last year’s funding — for Preschool Development Grants and reintroduces the Preschool for All initiative, with an initial $1.3 billion investment. There is additional funding in the budget request for Head Start, child care, Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities, and the new Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership grants.
Margaret Patterson, the Executive Director of the CFNC told the group how 30 years ago, eight parents of children who had failed kindergarten came together to assure their children gained the skills to succeed in school and in life. Thirty years later, ten CFNC centers are spread across Alexandria, Va., in close proximity to where some of the poorest families in the city live.
During the event at the preschool, Rep. Moran lamented the lack of educational funding for our youngest children, noting that “you would never plant a seed and then fail to water it.” Senator Warner observed how the children playing at the sand table reminded him of his job in the Senate— cooperation and sharing are key to getting things done, and, in the process, you had better make sure that you don’t get sand in your eyes. Secretary Sebelius reminded us of the importance of parents in their children’s lives and discussed the President’s proposal to increase funding for home visiting. Secretary Duncan closed the meeting by iterating the importance of quality programs and reminding us of the huge unmet need for preschool in our country.
Watch a clip of the visit below, and visit ed.gov/early-learning for more information.
Libby Doggett is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning at the U.S. Department of Education
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It’s time to celebrate Pi! And if the very thought of the irrational number is making you hungry for knowledge, you’re not alone.
Pi Day (3/14) is the unofficial holiday dedicated to pi. Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and it’s an irrational number, so it can’t be expressed as a simple fraction of two integers. The number starts out with 3.14, but it goes on for infinity!
This special day is also the perfect time to plan STEM-themed activities for your classroom or with your children at home.
Here are five excellent ways to celebrate Pi:
- Head to your local or school library and check out a book about Pi! These three titles are a good place to start.
- Demonstrate Pi in the real world. San Francisco’s Exploratorium has an entire webpage devoted to simple and easy hands-on activities that introduce the concept of Pi using everyday objects.
- Make Pi plates. Have students trace the Pi symbol on a piece of construction paper and then cut it out a glue it to a paper plate. Decorate the border of the plate with Pi’s digits.
- Write a Pi-ku, a math version of the traditional 5-7-5 syllabic haiku. A Pi-ku of course, follows a 3-1-4 syllabic pattern.
Math is fun
Mixed with some pie
5. And, of course, you could always bake a Pi-themed pie!
Find more fun Pi facts and resources free.ed.gov.
Dorothy Amatucci is a new media analyst in the Office of Communications and Outreach
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Earlier today at Coral Reef High School in Miami, President Obama announced the launch of an exciting initiative to help ensure that more of America’s students take the first step towards college success: completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
The FAFSA Completion Initiative helps states, districts and schools give students the support they need to complete the form which serves as the gateway to accessing financial aid for college, career school, or graduate school.
The FAFSA not only gives students access to the nearly $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds that the federal government has available, but many states, schools, and private scholarships require you to submit the FAFSA before they will consider you for any financial aid they offer.
FAFSA Completion Initiative:
- We will be partnering with states to enable them to provide to schools and districts limited, yet valuable information on student progress in completing the FAFSA beginning in the 2014-15 school year.
- Additionally, the Office of Federal Student Aid has updated the existing FAFSA completion tool with FAFSA completion numbers for the 2014 high school graduating class at over 25,000 high schools across the nation.
- These new resources can help increase FAFSA completion rates, and by extension, promote college access and success.
- FACT SHEET: Opportunity for All: Promoting College Opportunity and Graduation
- 5 Reasons You Should Complete the FAFSA
- 7 Ways to Promote FAFSA Completion at Your School
- 7 Common FASFA Mistakes
Cameron Brenchley is director of digital strategy at the U.S. Department of Education