August 31, 2010
Many of the academic tasks kindergartners are now expected to master were previously reserved for first or second grade. As a result, today’s classrooms are often tightly structured.
June 8, 2010
The Alliance for Childhood today warned that states considering adopting the new academic core standards released on June 2 could set in motion a spate of inappropriate and harmful testing of young children.
March 24, 2010
The K-3 standards conflict with research on how young children learn, say hundreds of health and education scholars and practitioners.
February 5, 2010
Exercise and nutrition programs alone won’t turn the tide of fatness.
March 27, 2009
Studies show standardized tests and test prep are now daily activities in many kindergartens. Why?
March 20, 2009
New studies show play losing out to formal lessons and tests even though multiple benifits of imaginative play are well documented. A brief version of this release is also available.
September 7, 2007
A marked decline in unstructured play, especially outdoors, is a key factor in children’s increasing mental health problems, an international group of educators and children’s advocates says. Their statement, published on Monday in England’s Daily Telegraph, calls for “a wide-ranging and informed public dialogue about the intrinsic nature and value of play in children's healthy development.”
February 16, 2007
A newly released United Nations report card on the state of children’s well-being, which places the United States and the United Kingdom at the bottom of the list of 21 wealthy countries, is “just scratching the surface of a growing crisis in children’s health,” says the head of the U.S. Alliance for Childhood.
October 12, 2006
Too little time for unstructured play leads to increased stress for children and parents and may be linked to later school failure.
Dec. 6, 2005
A call to end the growing stress and pressure in preschool and kindergarten which are having an ill effect on children.
Sept. 30, 2004
New report says government and high-tech industry thrust expensive and unproven technology on schools, hurting children and undermining real technology literacy.
Nov. 20, 2003
The Alliance for Childhood, in collaboration with TRUCE, issues a warning to parents about unhealthy products sold as toys that inhibit rather than promote imaginative, creative play.
April 25, 2001
A group of the nation's most prominent psychiatrists, child development authorities, and educators called today for President Bush and Congress to "rethink the current rush to make American children take even more standardized tests."
December 12, 2001
Our children are now living in a country at war. At this holiday season, many parents and teachers are asking: How can we also teach children to understand and practice peace?
Sept. 12, 2000
Billions are being spent on computers in kindergarten and elementary schools with little indication that they are necessary for long-term learning.