Early Education in the News
Harrisburg school officials must make difficult decisions in the coming weeks to close a $6.8 million deficit. But the proposal to eliminate kindergarten and pre-K programs by next year would be disastrous. It's the last thing the district should be cutting.
[F]amilies could lose access to services offered by First Things First when voters decide in November whether to eliminate the program and funnel its $325 million to help address the state budget deficit.
The Utah Legislature took a major step three years ago toward improving the academic success rate of Utah children when it funded optional all-day kindergarten. But the progress made by thousands of children could come to a halt if funding is allowed to expire at the end of this school year.
A new report being released today calls for increasing the compensation of early childhood workers through such incentives as bonuses, earned tax credits, and loan forgiveness programs in an attempt to attract and retain a well-trained child-care workforce.
Poverty is the single largest factor determining a child's failure in school, according to Jumpstart, an organization that strives to narrow the literacy gap between poor and higher-income children.
Mississippi currently lacks state funds in early childhood education, but some have said the state could reduce the drop-out rate and generate millions of dollars long-term if this changed.
An increased demand in state and federal preschool programs is a statewide trend, said Lori Goodwin Bowers, supervisor of the Colorado Preschool Program for the Colorado Department of Education.
Early childhood education was formally put into play Tuesday as opponents continued to press their case against State Question 744 in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
To find the key to economic growth in Madison County, look no further than 3- and 4-year-olds, education leaders say.
The intent of the nonpartisan group's "party" was to lay out its vision for putting children at the top of the state's priority list in terms of improved education and health care access, as well as a heightened emphasis on early childhood development. Group co-founder and President David Lawrence Jr. told a rally filled with area educators and children's advocates that he and others were trying to build a long-term movement that was "not about the next session of the Florida Legislature," but stood committed to sustainable improvements in state children's health and education.
Hailed as a way to combat cancerous issues such as crime and poverty, support for public preschool programs is growing among Springfield leaders. Nearly 70 business, city and education officials met Thursday to learn how another state worked to win over naysayers, find funding and improve access to early childhood education.
In May, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced a nearly 50 percent reduction to pre-school services, cutting about $420 million out of the state's $840 million budget in an attempt to hack away at the state's projected $19.1 billion deficit. The cuts are on hold and now don't look likely, State Department of Education analysts say. But, the state's budget — due July 1 — hasn't been passed.
The state has been expanding child development programs such as Head Start, Pre-K Counts and Child Care Works for about a decade. But with the state budget crisis, rising teacher pension costs and a new governor on the way, educators and advocates are worried about cuts.
Just let Dr. Marquita Davis, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Children's Affairs Office of School Readiness, tell you. Pre-K programs - which prepare students for kindergarten - are so important that schools should put their best teachers with their youngest students, according to Davis.
After a lackluster enrollment period this spring, a rush of parents enrolled their children in the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program for 4-Year-Old Children late this summer.
A Columbia University study recently found a doubling of the rate of prescribing antipsychotic drugs for privately insured 2- to 5-year-olds from 2000 to 2007. Only 40 percent of them had received a proper mental health assessment, violating practice standards from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
In July parents across Manhattan learned whether their children got into a universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) class this fall. There are far more applicants than seats. Borough-wide, two-thirds of kids won't get a seat.
Ontario's decision to increase investment in early childhood education will provide a big boost to the provincial economy, according to a new study released Monday, however the extent to which the economy will benefit depends on how much the government is willing to spend.
Local experts say sending a child to preschool is one of the best decisions a parent can make because of the valuable skills it teaches youngsters from an early age. These skills include socialization, recognizing shapes and colors, how to count — everything that can establish a solid educational foundation and set them on a path to a healthy lifestyle.
The key to high-quality early childhood education is to have a supportive, research-based curriculum that promotes literacy and brain development. A high-quality program ensures responsive and supportive teaching strategies in the classroom, which encourages a child's social and cognitive development.