Beat the Odds®, a project initiated by the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) in 1990, celebrates the positive potential of young people. On December 14th, CDF-New York celebrated five extraordinary high school students who have overcome tremendous challenges to excel academically and give back to their community and the families, friends, teachers and counselors who helped them succeed. To learn more about the Beat The Odds® program visit http://shar.es/gR3Pl
Jerlean E. Daniel, Executive Director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, describes what makes a high-quality kindergarten work, the importance of energy, and why the pacing offered through full-day kindergarten should be thought through and planned to provide for a more in-depth learning experience for the whole child.
Lisa Guernsey, Program Director of the Early Education Initiative New America Foundation, explains how critical kindergarten is for young children, how the research clearly supports full-day programming, and the need for a more focused deliberate approach to preparing our youngest children.
As the child of a deaf mother and a deaf and mute father, Jeannette has assumed adult responsibilities for much of her young life. Living on Social Security benefits and food stamps, Jeannette’s parents have struggled to provide for their daughter and have often gone hungry when resources are limited.
From an early age, John Jimenez had to become the “man of the house” as he dealt with the challenges of his brother being born with cerebral palsy, his family was financially devastated, his parents eventually divorced, and his mother struggled to find work.