More than 19,000 children without daycare due to Government Shut Down

The government shutdown has caused as many as 19,000 children to lose access to Head Start today, the National Head Start Association reported Tuesday.

More than 20 programs across 11 states did not get the annual grant they were to receive Tuesday and cannot offer early education and related social services to children and families.

“On the heels of devastating sequester cuts which closed windows of opportunity for more the than 57,000 at-risk children who lost their Head Start slots, Washington’s budget battles have harmed even more of America’s most vulnerable families,” said Yasmina Vinci, executive director of the National Head Start Association in a news release.

Just over a million children are enrolled in Head Start programs across the country. Annual grants are awarded around the calendar year, so most programs can continue to run off their existing grants. But starting today, no new grants will be made.

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Americans Warned: Home Schoolers Stripped of Rights

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Recently, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said that home schooling is not a parents right. It is a statement some are saying should frighten American parents.Nations like Germany and Sweden show that when governments take away home schooling rights, its a slippery slope to no parental rights. America the Refuge or NotThe Romeike family came to the United States from Germany five years ago hoping to find refuge. They wanted to home-school their children in freedom and a federal judge granted them asylum.But now the Obama administration has been trying to deport them, arguing that home schooling is not a right. The case is currently before a federal appeals court.

via Americans Warned: Home Schoolers Stripped of Rights.

New Study Shows Impact of School Design on Grades | Planetizen

A new study out of England provides the first “holistic assessment” linking school design to learning rates. “[S]chool layouts can influence a child’s development by as much as 25 percent over the course of an academic year.”

The results of a study conducted by University of Salford’s School of the Built Environment and architecture firm Nightingale Associates, published in Building and the Environment, “revealed that the architecture and design of classrooms has a significant role to play in influencing academic performance. Six of the environmental factors — colour, choice, connection, complexity, flexibility and light — were clearly correlated with grade scores.”

via New Study Shows Impact of School Design on Grades | Planetizen.