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Does Preschool Pay Off? Tulsa Says Yes

December 12, 2017
Claudio Sanchez

In 2001, not long after Oklahoma had adopted one of the nation’s first universal pre-K programs, researchers from Georgetown University began tracking kids who came out of the program in Tulsa, documenting their academic progress over time. In a new report published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management today, researchers were able to…

Delaware receives $500,000 grant to create early education teaching credential

December 12, 2017

The Delaware Department of Education will work with area colleges and universities to develop an infant/toddler credential for early educators with the help of a new $500,000 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Secretary of Education Susan Bunting announced today. “We must take steps to help more Delaware children reach kindergarten ready to learn,”…

More charter schools means fewer early education options, new research shows

December 12, 2017
Marta Jewson

This story was reprinted with permission from The Lens, a nonprofit, in-depth news site serving New Orleans. The number of pre-kindergarten seats in New Orleans has dropped substantially since Hurricane Katrina, and researchers think it’s connected to the shift to independent charter schools. During the school year prior to Hurricane Katrina, there were 67 pre-kindergarten…

Kids Count Report Shows Early Childhood Education Impacts Later School Years

December 11, 2017
Lisa Singleton-Rickman

A recent report released by VOICES for Alabama’s Children shows the state’s investments in early childhood education are making an impact on student performance in later grades. The VOICES report was released last week as a supplement to the 2017 Kids Count Data Book released this summer. Kids Count, sponsored by the Annie E. Casey…

Nominee for No. 2 Education Job Skirts Controversy that Hounded DeVos

December 11, 2017
Emma Dumain

WASHINGTON  Mick Zais is on his way to becoming deputy education secretary. And despite having a very similar record as the department’s first-in-command, Betsy DeVos, his nomination so far is prompting little to none of the same public outrage. The two Republican senators who opposed DeVos don’t seem concerned about him. Democratic-leaning groups are mobilizing,…

At preschools in high-poverty areas, ‘We’re planting seeds for life’

December 11, 2017
Suzanne Perez Tobias

William Eckels admits it: The pizza made him do it. After picking up his son, Elijah, from The Opportunity Project learning center in northeast Wichita one day, he noticed a tower of pizza boxes in the common area. “Elijah’s ready to eat and says, ‘Daddy, can we get some pizza?’ And I was hungry, too,”…

Bahamas Launches Preschool Pilot eLearning Project

December 8, 2017
Henry Kronk

On Monday, The Bahamas officially launched the Government’s Over-the-Hill Rejuvenation Pre-Assessment Phase Programme with the first of its effort: a pilot eLearning project at the Willard Patton Preschool. The eLearning Pilot Project hopes to increase digital literacy and use of technology in the classroom for the country’s youngest students. With expanded funds, preschoolers will be…

Head Start Considering Changes to Create ‘Less Burdensome’ Competition Process

December 8, 2017
Christina Samuels

Since 2011, Head Start programs that fail to meet certain performance standards have been required to compete for continued federal funding. The competition process, known as the designation renewal system, is intended to weed out low-performing grantees in the federal early-childhood program. But soon after it was established, providers started complaining that the process for identifying…

Few Clark County children go to preschool – why that matters

December 8, 2017
Amelia Pak-Harvey

Preschool teacher Katelyn Ferman has her hands full. With 20 children in her full-day preschool class at McCaw Elementary, she regularly has to quickly switch gears from teaching social skills to calming 4-year-old meltdowns. Challenging though they might be, her students are among the fortunate minority in Clark County who get an opportunity to attend…

Every Opportunity: Lowering school age to 5 small but vital change

December 7, 2017

There are 82,771 first-graders enrolled in Indiana schools this fall – about 500 fewer students than were enrolled in kindergarten last year. Likewise, there were more first-graders in 2016 than second graders this year. Those numbers don’t suggest hundreds of children missing out on early learning. But educators know there are some who arrive in…