A kindergarten ( listen ; from German [ˈkɪndɐˌɡaːɐ̯tn̩], which means literally "garden for the children") is a preschool educational approach traditionally based on playing, singing, practical activities such as drawing, and social interaction as part of the transition from home to school. The first such institutions were created in the late 18th Century in Bavaria and Strasbourg to serve children both of whose parents worked out of the home. The term was coined by the German Friedrich Fröbel whose approach globally influenced early-years education. Today, the term is used in many countries to describe a variety of educational institutions and learning spaces for children ranging from two to seven years of age, based on a variety of teaching methods....LESS
CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A school cafeteria worker has quit over what she considers a "lunch shaming" policy in a Pennsylvania school district. Stacy Koltiska resigned last week from Wylandville Elementary School in the Canon-McMillan School District after she had to take a hot lunch away from an elementary school student because the child's parent had fallen more than $25 behind in paying for his school lunches.
VIENNA (AP) — The deputy mayor of the Austrian city of Salzburg is urging Muslim parents not to send their daughters to kindergarten wearing headscarves, saying the covering degrades their children by suggesting they are sex objects.