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Early Childhood Education

  • The National Institute for Early Research’s State of Preschool Report Shows Highs and Lows of Florida State-Funded Pre-Kindergarten Program

    May 24, 2016

    Author: Michelle Boehm, Research and Evaluation Analyst, Helios Education Foundation

    May 24, 2016

    The nation continues to show steady progress in state-funded pre-kindergarten enrollment, funding and quality since the Great Recession. At the same time, some states continue to lag behind others … Read More

  • The National Institute for Early Research’s State of Preschool Report Reveals Increased State Funding to Arizona Pre-Kindergarten Program

    May 19, 2016

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    Author: Michelle Boehm, Research and Evaluation Analyst, Helios Education Foundation

    May 19, 2016

    The nation continues to show steady progress in state-funded pre-kindergarten program enrollment, funding and quality since the Great Recession. At the same time, some states continue to lag behind … Read More

  • Creating Opportunities For Success: 2015 In Review

    April 13, 2016

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    Author: Paul J. Luna, President and CEO

    April 13, 2016

    As I traveled through the states of Arizona and Florida in 2015 engaging with our partners, getting to know the people impacted by our work, and reflecting on our Foundation’s vision and commitment, … Read More

  • Focusing on Early Grade Success in Arizona

    March 22, 2016

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    Author: Dr. Karen Ortiz, Vice President and Program Director, Early Grade Success

    March 22, 2016

    In laying the foundation for success in school and beyond, the ages between birth to eight are the most critical in a child's development. Research indicates that children exposed to quality early … Read More

  • Dual Language Programs: Paving the Way for Student Success

    February 25, 2016

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    February 25, 2016

    As research continues to show, individuals who speak more than one language have higher level executive function skills including problem-solving and abstract thinking.  Having the ability to speak … Read More

  • Bilingualism is Instrumental to Workforce Success

    November 16, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    November 16, 2015

    Over the past eight years, Helios Education Foundation has made numerous investments in the area of early learning in both Florida and Arizona. These investments have focused on teacher quality, high … Read More

  • Assessing Kindergarten Readiness in Arizona

    July 22, 2015

    Author: Dr. Karen Ortiz, Vice President and Program Director, Early Grade Success

    July 22, 2015

    In laying the foundation for success in school and beyond, the ages between birth to eight are the most critical in a child's development. Ensuring young children have access to high quality early … Read More

  • Momentum Around Early Childhood Education Increases

    July 12, 2015

    Author: Dr. Karen Ortiz, Vice President and Program Director, Early Grade Success

    July 12, 2015

    In April, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited Arizona to discuss the importance of early childhood education in ensuring children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be … Read More

  • Access to High Quality Early Learning in Florida

    June 22, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    June 22, 2015

    In laying the foundation for success in school and beyond, the ages between birth to eight are the most critical in a child’s development.  Ensuring young children have access to quality early … Read More

  • Graduation Celebration

    June 1, 2015

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    June 1, 2015

    This time of year is full of promise, anticipation and transition as young adults who were once students become graduates. Whether the transition is from high school to postsecondary education or … Read More

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