The pictures above are all of my mom, Teacher Lee. She runs a completely free developmental preschool. Her program targets the 49% of children in San Diego that can’t afford to attend conventional preschools and it is open to ANY children. Parents and caregivers are required to attend the classes because an important part of her program is to tech parents how they can turn every day activities into learning experiences that can help the child develop the skills they will need to be successful in kindergarten.

NOW, here is what I need from you! Teacher Lee’s program is absolutely DESPERATE for funding! She is currently up for a grant from FedEx, but in order to win, she needs people to vote for her. It would mean so much to me, and to her, if you went and voted once a day and shared this post with your followers. She has dedicated her life to this cause for so many years, and she needs all the help she can get. The link below will take you to the page where you can vote. It will only take a moment, so please, please help!!!!

If you want to learn more about Teacher Lee and her program, you can visit her website 



4 years ago I had an emergency c section and out came this 2lb baby boy the doctors told me that the chances of him making it were slim but you made you. You have battled with autism asthma Pleural Effusion and so many other medical conditions that they said you would make it to 5….but look at you now you just graduated preschool and while out battle isn’t over we are making strides in the right direction!!


If Shakespearean characters were preschool students:
  • Lady Macbeth is smart. Too smart. Suspiciously smart. 
  • Beatrice has to sit out a lot. Also smart, but really just enjoys calling the boys stinky and gross. 
  • Hamlet cries every morning after he is dropped off because he misses his daddy. 
  • Rosalind and Viola ALWAYS dress up in the boy costumes WHO NEEDS GENDER ROLES ANYWAY
  • No one wants to go on a playdate with Kate. EVERYONE wants to go on a playdate with Bianca. The fact that they are sisters complicates the matter.
  • Romeo and Juliet’s parents NEVER talk at pick up time. Things are complicated when their kids “get married” on the playground. 
  • Othello is on every school brochure because clearly the school is super diverse look.
Writing Prompts (weird things my preschoolers have said to me edition):
  1. Remember yesterday when I met you?
  2. I’m really smart. I know 2 and 3 makes 5. 
  3. I am a police cat. 
  4. If a boy gives you pink flowers, he wants to marry you. 
  5. You have lipstick all over your face. *talking about eyeliner*
  6. I told you we have to eat cheese like this. Slow, so you can taste it. 
  7. Tuck me in like Darth Maul. 
  8. *quietly from underneath a fitted sheet* gotta catch em all
  9. I have to go to the garden to get the macaroni and cheese flower.
  10. I was born with the force. For real life. 
  11. First you put coffee on it and then a bandage.
  12. I used up my speed. 
  13. This is the leaning tower of pizza. 
  14. I’m the manager, so I tell everyone what to do. 
  15. My phone number is 600.
  16. My favorite movie is Chucky because he cuts off a guy’s head. 
  17. You have to go to jail because you’re a zombie. 
  18. Yes, I want to be naked.
  19. I’m playing a game called kick the cheetah in the butt.
  20. There are 300 bees here and they’re angry. 

Black preschoolers more likely to be suspended 

Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools — even as tiny preschoolers. The racial disparities in American education, from access to high-level classes and experienced teachers to discipline, were highlighted in a report released Friday by the Education Department’s civil rights arm.

The suspensions — and disparities — begin at the earliest grades.

Black children represent about 18 percent of children enrolled in preschool programs in schools, but almost half of the students were suspended more than once, the report said. Six percent of the nation’s districts with preschools reported suspending at least one preschool child.

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The signs in preschool
  • Aries: stealing your fruit roll ups
  • Taurus: eating the glue or something
  • Gemini: the popular toddler
  • Cancer: thinks they're a mystical creature
  • Leo: control freak when it comes to playing with the dolls
  • Virgo: the "gossip girl" of preschool
  • Libra: the biggest tattle tale ever
  • Scorpio: doing some stupid shit
  • Sagittarius: sleeping in the corner
  • Capricorn: trying to learn 9 + 10??
  • Aquarius: playing with the weeds in the grass
  • Pisces: crying about their dolls

Right now, at preschool programs around the country, teachers are tapping infinite reserves of patience to keep the peace among children at various stages of development and need. They’re also providing meals, wiping noses and delivering a curriculum in math and reading that will get the kids ready for school.

And there are hugs. Lots of hugs.

A working parent like me would say these services are priceless. But according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, the economy values them between $8.63 and $20.99 per hour.

Why Working With Young Children Is (Still) A Dead-End Job

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Something’s wrong in America’s classrooms.

According to new data from the Education Department, black students — from kindergarten through high school — are 3.8 times more likely to be suspended than white students.

Now the really bad news.

This trend begins in preschool, where black children are already 3.6 times more likely to be suspended than white students.

In all, 6,743 children who were enrolled in public pre-K received one or more out-of-school suspensions in the 2013-14 school year.

Glass half-full: That number’s down slightly and relatively small considering the 1.4 million kids who, according to the Education Department, attended public pre-K that year.

Glass half-empty: That’s 6,743 kids too many, say several top child development experts.

Why Preschool Suspensions Still Happen (And How To Stop Them)

Illustration: Kristen Uroda for NPR

Erika Christakis’ new book, The Importance of Being Little, is an impassioned plea for educators and parents to put down the worksheets and flash cards, ditch the tired craft projects (yes, you, Thanksgiving Handprint Turkey) and exotic vocabulary lessons, and double-down on one, simple word: Play.

That’s because, she writes, “the distinction between early education and official school seems to be disappearing.” If kindergarten is the new first grade, Christakis argues, preschool is quickly becoming the new kindergarten. And that is “a real threat to our society’s future.”

What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren’t Getting)

Illustration: Annelise Capossela for NPR