Early Education in the News
Each year, New Jersey spends billions of dollars on public education for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. New Jersey has long recognized that quality preschool leverages that substantial investment, especially for low-income families.
Nevada is one of six states awarded a National Governors Association grant and technical assistance to improve early childhood education. The state will receive $25,000 and have access to education experts who will discuss ways to improve.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam probably could go ahead and agree to accept federal money to provide pre-kindergarten classes to an additional 7,861 children. However, given skepticism about the pre-K program, the governor is wise to await the results of a study by Vanderbilt University, if time is not a factor in accepting the funds.
According to the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, about one-third of students enrolled in state-financed preschool programs attend classes conducted outside the public schools.
The bad news is that Mississippi remains the only state in the South without a state-funded early children education program. Only eight states nationwide do not invest in some form of early childhood education, and only 11 states don’t have a state-funded prekindergarten program.
The North Dakota Legislature passed a measure allowing local districts to create preschool using funds from the school budget, provided funds are not removed from the kindergarten program, said Tara Bitz, state administrator for the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction Early Childhood Education.
The White House said that if Ohio agreed to kick in $10.3 million, the federal and state money would provide preschool during the first year to 12,628 children from low- and moderate-income families in the state.
The bill, the Early Care and Education Initiative, would provide $75 billion over the next 10 years to expand pre-kindergarten to all 4-year-olds, fueled by the theory that better performance in school over the long run is a smart investment in any child's future.
Legislation to set up more stringent standards for pre-kindergarten and day-care center programs has died after the bill became a political volleyball in wrangling surrounding the state budget. The bill would have implemented Act 3, the least controversial portion of Gov. Bobby Jindal's education overhaul passed last year.
In the U-S, 40 states offer pre-kindergarten programs. Idaho is not one of them. Here, about one third of three and four year olds attend a public or private preschool. But none attend one that’s funded or sanctioned by the state. However, that does not stop some school districts from offering pre-k programs of their own.
The broken record of bridging the achievement gap in education for the Latino community got a shot in the arm earlier this week when U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, addressing a roundtable of reporters, touted the importance of Hispanic preschool as a building block to academic success.
The $65 million increase in funding for the Great Start Readiness Program, allowing at least 10,000 more 4-year-olds to attend high-quality, publicly funded preschool, is the biggest increase in the nation this year and leads an emerging trend to invest in children before kindergarten.
Minnesota’s 2013 Legislature took important strides forward in education — especially for the state’s youngest students. Last week, legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton agreed to put $485 million in new funding into programs from preschool through 12th grade in the next two years.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appeared Tuesday before the House Education and Workforce Committee to promote what he called the “centerpiece” of the administration’s 2014 education budget proposal, the $75 billion plan to expand public preschool through a funding initiative that would encourage states to offer preschool to low-income and middle-class children.
Seventh-grade sports teams, education technician jobs and several maintenance projects fell victim to cuts in next year's budget for Regional School Unit 38. But even while trying to minimize the tax increase for district residents, the school board found one area where they wanted to add, not eliminate: pre-kindergarten.
Early-learning programs offer a cost-effective way to prepare young learners for success in school and in life. Preschool is a benefit that trickles up. Research shows high-quality preschool saves school districts about $3,700 per child over the K-12 years.
[State Sen. Peggy Lehner] said 5,700 students are currently in public preschool; Gov. John Kasich has proposed raising that to 6,200. An additional 30,000 are in Head Start programs that Lehner said vary greatly in quality. But 130,000 more are eligible because they are in households making less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
Twenty states now use student performance in the early grades to assess teachers, yet current evaluation systems don't provide an accurate picture of what's happening in the classroom, asserts a study released today by the Washington-based New America Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to promote equity, access and excellence in education.
Proposals to tie public funding to student performance and issue letter grades to Louisiana’s public and private early childhood education programs are finding easy passage through the Legislature.
While most of New Jersey’s elementary school districts offer full-day kindergarten, at least 114 districts still offer half-day only, according to the state Department of Education. The Assembly Education Committee approved a bill that would create a task force to explore full-day options.