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Play in the News

12 kids. 12 cameras. It's time to PLAY. A short film created by children wearing GoPros in a NYC playground.

 PLAY aims to conjure (not merely capture) our shared memories of playing together by creating a pastiche of experience. A dozen children will play in a New York City playground, doing whatever they like, however they please, and with whomever they wish to play. Each child will wear a GoPro camera recording what she or he sees and does and hears; more perspectives will be gained from static cameras inside the playground, camera operators outside the grounds, and perhaps even an aerial view.

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Early Childhood Education in the News

Pre-K programs grow, even as school districts make difficult cuts

Officials say extra effort at start of students' paths means saving money, trouble later on

By Susan McMillan  May 19 2013 Morning Sentinel

Staff Writer

Teacher Karen Toothaker, center, leads her students as the sing and dance along to a recording of "The Bean Bag Alphabet Rag" recently during a pre-kindergarten class at Manchester Elementary School.MANCHESTER — Seventh-grade sports teams, education technician jobs and several maintenance projects fell victim to cuts in next year's budget for Regional School Unit 38.

Staff photo by Joe Phelan

Ed Teck Deb Noyes, left, talks to student Olivia Hall as they play with Play-Doh recently during a pre-kindergarten class at Manchester Elementary School.

Staff photo by Joe Phelan


School districts locally and across Maine are taking more 4-year-old students thanks to federal stimulus money, collaborations with Head Start and a growing sense of the value of pre-kindergarten. Below are total pre-k enrollment figures for the last four school years.

Augusta area schools:

2009-10: 486

2010-11: 456

2011-12: 545

2012-13: 542


2009-10: 3,688

2010-11: 4,072

2011-12: 4,589

2012-13: 4,887

But even while trying to minimize the tax increase for district residents, the school board found one area where they wanted to add, not eliminate: pre-kindergarten.

The board approved an expansion of pre-kindergarten at Manchester Elementary School, which was introduced two years ago and has been limited to 10 students. Next year, the program will offer morning and afternoon sessions to accommodate a total of 28 children.   Go to for the rest of this story.


Early childhood education helps Maine’s economy, report says

Dana Connors
Posted Jan. 29, 2013, at 2:22 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Education is an integral aspect of workforce development in the state, but often the conversation tackles the roles of K-12 and higher education and misses a key component: early childhood education.

That needs to change, according to a recent report from America’s Edge, a national think tank with an office in Topsham.

Early education is “part and parcel of the same debate,” said Dana Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce.

The report — titled “Boosting Maine’s Economy: Short- and long-term economic gains through quality early learning” — maintains that investing in early childhood education not only has strong long-term payoffs, but short-term economic advantages as well.

Every $1 invested in early childhood education translates to $1.78 in spending in local communities, according to Kim Gore, Maine state director for America’s Edge.

People often don’t think of early childhood education as an economic sector, but it’s substantial in size, employing more than 10,000 Mainers, Gore said. According to the report, Maine is home to an estimated 706 child care centers, 1,415 licensed family child care homes and 111 nursery schools.

“So the economic activity generated from that investment is pretty substantial,” she said. “It compares better than some of the more traditional industries in Maine.”

In 2011, Maine invested $28.2 million in early learning programs, which in turn generated an additional $22 million in economic activity, for a total of $50 million, according to the report.

Beyond the direct short-term economic impact, the long-term advantages are clear, Gore said.

“From a long-term perspective, high-quality early learning programs can save as much as $16 for every $1 invested because children who participate in these programs grow up to become better-educated and more productive workers, with far less remedial education or criminal costs to society,” Eileen Skinner, CEO of Mercy Health System of Maine, said in the report. “That is a return on investment that cannot be matched by almost any other public investment.”

Maine’s business community has taken notice of the importance of investing in early childhood education, according to Connors.

“The numbers are very persuasive, the statistics are incredibly strong, and they support the idea that we really in so many ways start our quality education too late,” Connors told the Bangor Daily News. “We need to begin earlier, essentially almost at birth, because it’s in the first three to five years that 85 percent of a person’s brain had developed.”

Connors said he expects to see a focus on this issue in the coming legislative session.

In January 2012, several companies, including Bath Iron Works, Bangor Savings Bank and Hannaford, formed the Maine Early Learning Investment Group to focus on increasing investment in early childhood education.

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