Early Education in the News
Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen said he will ask lawmakers for $25 million in new money, part of it siphoned from lottery proceeds, to expand the state's pilot preschool program.
Gov. Robert Ehrlich has kicked off a new $500,000 statewide campaign promoting early education and child preparation for kindergarten.
Gov. Tom Vilsack said Tuesday he would not exclude religious and for-profit preschools from his plan to provide more state money for early childhood education.
The proposal for the 2005-06 fiscal year would spend about $2,500 for every 4-year-old who opts to take part in the new pre-K program.
Gov. Phil Bredesen said he plans to funnel some lottery money into his preschool education initiative when he unveils his budget to lawmakers in the coming weeks.
Everyone needs to know the nonhyped, nonpolitical facts about the recently enacted universal prekindergarten legislation: It isn't what Florida voters mandated.
Also wrapped into that budget is the new preschool program at $9 million for the first year.
Georgia has taken all its child-care programs and housed them under a new department, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.
A publicly funded preschool program would level the playing field and give families without the financial wherewithal the ability to start their child’s education off on the right foot.
An unexplored opportunity exists to polish the quality of Florida's new pre-kindergarten program, suggests a leader in pre-K research.
When the advocates of the Maine Children's Alliance come neither to appeal to the lawmakers' finer feelings nor to ask for money but instead to show them a way to save it with some hard-nosed accounting, jubilation should fill the Capitol.
Which would you rather have, smart kids or roads without potholes?
An estimated 130,000 new students could enroll when the program begins in August, mostly at existing preschools and private day-care centers.
At the heart of the wish list is funding for children in the state's neediest school districts to attend preschool.
When Gov. Tom Vilsack addresses lawmakers this month, expanding and improving preschool education across Iowa will be at the top of his priority list.
All the teachers in Francisca Sofia's school, run by the Ironbound Community Corp., are college graduates with special training in early childhood education.
Research shows that children who receive a high-quality pre-kindergarten education do better in school and in life.
While legislators gave final approval to a statewide pre-kindergarten program Thursday, they also acknowledged many details are still uncertain. No one is sure how many 4-year-olds will show up for the free classes when they start in eight months.
Judging Florida's new pre-kindergarten programs by how well 5-year-olds do on standardized tests could shortchange the state's neediest youngsters and wouldn't properly assess the quality of pre-K providers, critics argue.
Most three- and four-year-olds go to preschool these days — a big switch from 1960, when just 10 percent of them did, according to the National Institute for Early Education Research. More working mothers and a wide acceptance of the benefits of early education have fostered the growth of preschools. But there's a downside: Many aren't very good.