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Afterschool Participation Grows but Unmet Demand Nears 20 Million Children

(StatePoint) “America After 3 PM,” a new survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, finds that participation in afterschool programs has increased dramatically, from 6.5 million children in 2004 to 10.2 million today. Unmet demand has increased, as well. The parents of 19.4 million children not in afterschool programs say they would enroll their children if programs were available.

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Thursday 09/11/2014
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Updated: September 12, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - With more school choices than ever and the evolution of technology, students are redefining their own pathway to a successful K-12 education. More families are building complete, harmonious educational experiences for their children by choosing schools that meet their needs at a point in time – whether the school is traditional brick and mortar, private or charter. Over the past decade, families have added fully online and blended schools to their list of options – making online learning one of the fastest growing forms of education in the U.S. today.

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Monday 09/08/2014
Speak Up During National Bullying Prevention Month
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) With classes, sports, homework and other activities, weekdays are action packed for kids. Unfortunately, some students deal with an unwelcome addition to their daily routine -- bullying. An estimated 13 million students are bullied annually, according to government statistics.

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Thursday 08/28/2014
Raise Kids’ Grades with Study Tips for the Digital Age
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) It happened again this year: The kids are back in the classroom before you’ve had the chance to blink. Thankfully, new developments in education are making it easier than ever for students to hit the ground running.

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
Career colleges play key role in demand for skilled workers
Updated: September 02, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Education is not a one-size-fits-all system. Much like each public university has its own unique culture, so does each type of higher education institution. In addition, the goals of each student are not the same. Some students are fresh out of high school and looking forward to the social opportunities that a public university will give them, and they are not in a hurry to get their degree. Some are single parents, already working full-time jobs, who just want to go back to school and quickly get a degree and get a better job. For these latter students, a four-year university may not be the right fit for their needs. Instead, career colleges really can be the way to go.

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Friday 08/22/2014
Supporting Arts in Education
Updated: August 23, 2014 - 3:31 am

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
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Updated: August 21, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - When it comes to paying for college education, careful planning and budgeting are musts.

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Friday 08/15/2014
This School Year, Raise Grades with Online Learning Tools
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Unfortunately, the pace of classroom learning can’t be tailored to every student’s individual needs -- particularly these days, as class sizes are growing and funding for special enrichment programs becomes limited. In fact, at least 35 states provided less funding per student for the 2013-14 school year than they did before the recession.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Take two: Going back to school to find a successful new career path
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Tuesday 08/12/2014
10 Things to Know About the New HiSET High School Equivalency Test
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 3:33 am

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
Families are Changing How They Pay for College
Updated: August 07, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) American families’ commitment to college is as strong as ever. In fact, ninety-eight percent of families with an enrolled undergraduate believe that it’s a worthwhile investment. However, the way they covered the bill last year changed, according to new statistics.

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Wednesday 07/30/2014
Ideas for awesome classroom enhancements
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The approach of the school year has parents seeking out the best deals on back-to-school supplies, and teachers everywhere are preparing their classrooms to give students the best educational experience possible. From decorations designed to create engaging learning environments to having extra supplies on hand for students, the back-to-school shopping season requires a bit of planning by teachers.

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Monday 07/28/2014
Strategic tips to save money on back-to-school deals
Posted: July 28, 2014

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Thursday 07/24/2014
Help Kids Stay Organized for a Fresh Start this School Year
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Back-to-school time means another year of tests, team tryouts and club meetings -- but it also means an opportunity for students to have a fresh start. Whether your kid is an ace academic or has found it challenging to stay on top of a to-do list, there are many ways to get prepared for a successful school year.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Tips to Ensure a Smooth Transition to College
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) The transition to college is an exciting time, full of anticipation for the next chapter of life. But with new opportunities come uncertainties, from financing an education to picking the right courses.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
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(StatePoint) Any high school student planning to attend college should have a good plan for financing that degree, to avoid unnecessary debt.

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Updated: July 10, 2014 - 3:31 am

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Updated: July 10, 2014 - 3:31 am

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Updated: July 10, 2014 - 3:31 am

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Tuesday 07/08/2014
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Monday 07/07/2014
Fun DIY Projects for Back to School
Updated: July 07, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Monday 06/23/2014
Expert help - not low prices - key to higher sales, more satisfied customers
Updated: June 30, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Online comparison shopping has left you overwhelmed by options and contradictory reviews, and all you need is a little in-person guidance to choose the right product for your needs. At the store, you find a sales floor so deserted, you almost expect to see tumbleweeds rolling by. When you finally do get help, it’s from a poorly trained sales associate who knows even less than you do. You leave the store unsatisfied and possibly empty-handed.

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Thursday 06/19/2014
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Updated: June 20, 2014 - 3:35 am

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Friday 06/13/2014
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Updated: June 13, 2014 - 3:43 am

(StatePoint) In summer, keeping kids busy means camp, pool time and outdoor games. But all that sun, fun and physical activity should also be well-balanced with mental exercise.

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Monday 06/02/2014
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Updated: June 02, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) “No more pencils, no more books” is a familiar summer refrain. But make sure your youngster doesn’t take those words too seriously.

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Thursday 05/29/2014
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Friday 05/23/2014
A National Push for Tech Education
Updated: May 24, 2014 - 3:35 am

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Thursday 05/08/2014
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Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:32 am

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What's the top learning style in America? Hands-on wins hands down, survey says
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 3:33 am

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Wednesday 03/05/2014
Mentors wanted: How to guide more young women to success in STEM
Updated: June 25, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are growing and quickly. By 2023, STEM will generate a projected 2.6 million new jobs, creating a high demand for qualified employees with STEM backgrounds in the coming years, according to Georgetown Public Policy Institute’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

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Monday 12/23/2013
Tips to Get Kids Excited About Science
Updated: December 23, 2013 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Sometimes it can be hard to convince kids that learning is fun. While parents can’t necessarily control how exciting the school day is, they can make off-hours learning more fun and exciting -- especially when it comes to a potentially hands-on subject like science.

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Sunday 09/16/2012
The GRE Tests Give Students More Options than Ever
Posted: September 16, 2012

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Thursday 09/06/2012
Protect Your Children From Cyberbullying
Posted: September 06, 2012

(StatePoint) Most parents are familiar with traditional bullying that takes place at school and on the playground, but as life has gone digital, so has bullying.

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Monday 09/03/2012
Finding a Way to Increase College Persistence
Posted: September 03, 2012

(NewsUSA) - It's great to get low-income students to college, but what if they drop out during their first year? What is the difference between those students who persist in college and those who do not? A new study revealed that the persistence rate in college from participants of a program that engages them to work in meaningful internships during high school is greater than it is for their peers.

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Tuesday 08/28/2012
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Posted: August 28, 2012

Roughly 20 million students will head off to college this fall, their backpacks stuffed with new books, notepads and the latest gadgetry suited for higher education. Many college students will also opt for a new financial tool, a prepaid debit card, to keep their money on track while away from home.

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Wednesday 08/22/2012
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Posted: August 22, 2012

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Sunday 08/12/2012
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Posted: August 12, 2012

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Tuesday 07/31/2012
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Posted: July 31, 2012

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Tuesday 07/17/2012
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Posted: July 17, 2012

(NewsUSA) - Summer outdoor play is central to a child's development. Many experts agree that reading, however, is just as important.

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Monday 07/16/2012
Math Counts: How to Raise an Independent Learner
Posted: July 16, 2012

(NewsUSA) - Did you know success in mathematics has been linked to success in college and future careers? Simply stated, math counts when it comes to a bright future.

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Friday 07/06/2012
College Saving Tips for Illinois Families
Posted: July 06, 2012

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Sunday 07/01/2012
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Posted: July 01, 2012

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Sunday 06/24/2012
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Posted: June 24, 2012

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Thursday 06/21/2012
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Posted: June 21, 2012

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Wednesday 06/06/2012
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Posted: June 06, 2012

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A great opportunity for those who are considering attending a trade or technical school.
Posted: June 06, 2012

(NAPSI)—Even with the U.S. unemployment rate high, technicians and skilled trade workers top the list of the hardest jobs to fill, according to a Manpower Group talent shortage survey. This gap in today’s competitive job market can be a great opportunity for those who are considering attending a trade or technical school over a traditional college or university. Specifically targeting this high-skilled worker need, one organization has introduced a Career Education Grant Program to provide a one-time $1,000 grant to members and their eligible dependents toward enrollment and attendance at an accredited trade or technical school.

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Saturday 06/02/2012
Deciding whether you are ready for a career change may be as easy as asking yourself five simple questions.
Posted: June 02, 2012

(NAPSI)—Deciding whether you are ready for a career change may be as easy as asking yourself five simple questions:

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Fellowship Grants Available For Women Scientists
Posted: June 02, 2012

(NAPSI)—Women in science are asking some important questions. What if stroke victims could learn to regain mobility in the comfort of their own homes? What if a way could be found to restore functions in a damaged brain? What if color could help supply electricity?

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Taking Your Skills With You
Posted: June 02, 2012

(NAPSI)—If you think your work skills are only useful at your current job, think again. Many of the skills acquired in the workforce can be used in related or even completely different careers, so there’s no need to stay in that dead-end job or keep trying for a job in an industry that’s losing them.

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Whether you're a recent college grad seeking a first job or a sales professional looking for a career change, the insurance industry has well-paying jobs available.
Posted: June 02, 2012

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