EOI Executive Director John Burbank joined Rae Pica, host of "Body, Mind and Child", on her radio program for a discussion of early childhood education in Finland -- and what the U.S. can learn from one of the most highly rated early education systems in the world.
Juggling preschoolers and paychecks isn't as hard for families in some countries as it is for Americans.
When kids start kindergarten, are they ready to learn? Too often, according to a survey of kindergarten teachers, they aren't. In 2004, kindergarten teachers found that more than half of their new learners were not prepared for the academic and social challenges of kindergarten. This isn't just a low-income problem. For those schools with mostly students from middle-income families, fully two out of five kids were deemed not ready to learn.
Today, the state only pays for half-day kindergarten as part of basic education. But half-day kindergarten lasts two hours and 15 minutes - just about enough time to get these kids organized and almost ready to learn. So each day is too close to starting all over again. We could change this, with state funding for full-day kindergarten. It's not a radical idea. And the results are proven.