Early childhood education serves a perpetual dual purpose: providing critical early learning experiences during a child’s first years of life and supporting parents to work and to further their child’s learning outside of the classroom. For these reasons, we must acknowledge that early educators are essential to the stability of our society.
We stand with the tens of thousands of people marching for justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and for all who have been killed by police and individuals simply for being Black. We stand with mothers and fathers forced to mourn for their babies, and sons and daughters who will never see their parents again.
Gender discrimination continues to significantly affect women in science. Picture a Scientist, a new documentary film by directors Ian Cheney and Sharon Shattuck, follows a group of researchers who — through lived experiences and perspectives — provide insights on how to make science more diverse, equitable, and open to all.
The Heising-Simons Foundation is proud to regularly see its grantee partners featured in media outlets across the country, providing an expert voice on a timely issue or being highlighted for their accomplishments and hard work. Here are some news items that have featured our grantees in April 2020.
Obtaining timely information about COVID-19 and explaining it to young children can be a challenge. For parents who speak languages other than English, as well as for parents who never learned to read, the task is doubly hard, as many of the public health materials that share important recommendations about handwashing and social distancing are not available to them.
According to core accretion theory, pebbles, rocks, and gases in the protoplanetary disk around an infant star will clump together to form planet-sized cores. Depending on how much material a core can accumulate, it could become a small rocky planet like Mercury or a massive gas giant like Jupiter. While scientists believe this broad picture is generally true, many of the details of the planet formation process remain uncertain.