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2016 State of Preschool Yearbook Released

Student enrollment in state-funded preschool programs has reached an all-time high, according to the 2016 State of Preschool Yearbook published by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). However, access to high-quality programs still varies significantly from state to state. Continue Reading

The Impact of Transitional Kindergarten on English Learner Students

A new study released last week by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) reveals that English learner students who attend California's transitional kindergarten program enter… Continue Reading

New AAAS Mass Media Fellows Ready to Communicate Science

For the third year, the Heising-Simons Foundation is excited to support the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in its competitive fellowship program that connects scientists and journalists to better communicate complex science ideas to all audiences. Continue Reading

Introducing Our New Director of Education

I’m delighted to announce that Barbara Chow will join the Heising-Simons Foundation as our new Director of Education. Barbara has deep experience in philanthropy, government,… Continue Reading

51 Pegasi b Fellow Jason Dittmann Discovers Temperate Super-Earth Exoplanet

In a remarkable discovery, researchers have found a new exoplanet 39 light-years away that shows promise for life beyond our solar system. Jason Dittmann, lead… Continue Reading

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