| Sep 8, 2013
Catherine Hart is a children's advocate. In a society that is often ill-equipped to listen to their needs, youngsters "can get lost in the shuffle," Hart says.
"I try to be a voice for all my kids," says Hart, 63, an early childhood educator and...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 5:20 AM
Richard Dean calls it the "golden hour," when 3- to 4-year-old children take in literacy and social skills like a favorite snack.
Harnessing the golden hour for underprivileged children in Columbia's Owen Brown community, Dean said, was among the...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 4:58 PM
The sound of 150 children playing instruments — the violin, the trumpet, the oboe, the harp — spills out of every classroom, remarkably transforming an elementary school in a raggedy neighborhood of West Baltimore into a music conservatory....
| Dec 10, 2013
| 11:15 AM
James Campbell's recent commentary on pre-K education aptly described the impact of quality preschool programs on academic achievement ("Early learning programs are crucial," Dec. 3).
As a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant general, I believe it is...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 11:32 AM
By the time many kids get to second grade they're already wondering whether they'll ever be "good at math." Yet researchers at the University of Michigan say all kids understand a lot more math than adults usually give them credit for. Last week they...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Preschool children, specifically the 2- to 5-year-old set, are notoriously picky eaters, and parents need to recognize that this is developmentally appropriate, although frustrating!
Preschool is an appropriate time to begin teaching children the...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 3:58 PM
Three-year-old Annabella has two dads: Daddy Bob and Daddy Miguel, a gay couple who adopted her when she was an infant. She's having trouble transitioning into a preschool program, and her fathers worry that they're being shunned by the director because...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 1:29 PM
"The Hunt" is a terrifying cautionary tale about the loss of innocence, sexual abuse and children. But in a chilling twist, the innocence lost is that of a single father, a respected member of the community, a beloved kindergarten teacher suddenly...
| Aug 8, 2013
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| Oct 25, 2013
| 8:50 AM
It wasn't supposed to end up a fruit and vegetable farm. But in some ways, it seemed to be the family's fate.
After years of running a truck farm with his dad — growing vegetables and taking them to Baltimore on carts drawn by horses — Larry...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 10:30 AM
I love playing follow the leader on vacation, especially when the leader is two feet shorter than me.
When the kids lead the way, we're guaranteed smiles rather than whines. And there's no better place to let kids lead the way and to see the power of...