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Can private Pre-K for All providers survive in New York City?

February 24, 2017
Sarah Gonser

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Little Sunshine Preschool looks orderly: Its hallway is lined with cheery murals in primary colors, and construction-paper snowflakes adorn classroom doors. In a nod to the cultural heritage of its surrounding neighborhood, two displays feature Chinese-themed art, including pretty sprays of cherry blossoms and red and gold lanterns. Yet not a single…

English Language Learners: How Your State Is Doing

February 24, 2017
Claudio Sanchez

About 1 out of every 10 public school students in the United States right now is learning to speak English. They’re called ELLs, for “English Language Learners.” There are nearly 5 million of them, and educating them — in English and all the other subjects and skills they’ll need — is one of the biggest…

Child Care Laggard

February 23, 2017
Sara Mead

“One of these things is not like the others. Which one is different, do you know ?” Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom or the United States. If you guessed the United States, you’d be right. Of the countries listed above, the United States is the…

Dismal Results From Vouchers Surprise Researchers as DeVos Era Begins

February 23, 2017
Kevin Carey

The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education was a signal moment for the school choice movement. For the first time, the nation’s highest education official is someone fully committed to making school vouchers and other market-oriented policies the centerpiece of education reform. But even as school choice is poised to go national, a…

In Foxx, Trump & DeVos Have a Staunch Education Ally

February 23, 2017
Christopher Beach

With control of all three branches of government, Republicans are set on unraveling President Obama’s education legacy and pushing an unprecedented amount of funding and authority back to states. Leading this charge is Rep. Virginia Foxx, the newly appointed chairwoman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. Her mission, as she told RealClearPolitics in…

Advocates stand up for benefits of early education in committee hearing

February 23, 2017
Morgan Boydston

Did you know Idaho is one of six states that doesn’t have state-funded preschool? School readiness is something early education advocates have been fighting for for years at the Statehouse. On Wednesday, several people stood up in front of both the House Education and Senate Education committees to testify about why they believe it is…

Help Me Grow Alabama can provide help for children with developmental risks

February 23, 2017
Elaine Brackin

Navigating the maze of social services available for children with developmental risks can be a daunting task for parents. But, it does not need to be. A guide through that maze is now just a telephone call away for parents of children from birth to eight years old. It’s called Help Me Grow Alabama , and this one-stop referral…

How to Pick a Preschool in Less Than an Hour

February 22, 2017
David L. Kirp

As soon as I walked into Celia Rojas’s prekindergarten class in Union City, N.J., I was sucked in by the hum of activity. Art plastered the walls, plants were hanging from the ceiling, and in every nook there was something to seize a child’s imagination. Some kids were doing cutouts of paper clothing and others…

Rob Roper: Universal pre-K is a problem, not a solution

February 22, 2017
Rob Roper

Vermont has been actively expanding taxpayer-funded universal pre-K since 2007 (Act 62). The claims back then and the claims today haven’t changed. Advocates promise that in the long run, these programs will prove great for kids and taxpayers. But 10 years later, as we’re looking at an even more dramatic and expensive expansion of these…

High-quality, statewide preschool is possible–just look to Michigan

February 21, 2017
Tomoko Wakabayashi, Richard Lower, and Beth Hardin

Five decades of research show that high-quality preschool works, with the most recent evidence from North Carolina . Nevertheless, debate about whether and how much to invest in early childhood persists, more recently centering on the issue of scaling up with quality. One piece of opposing evidence comes from the Tennessee Voluntary Prekindergarten evaluation , which reported that…