Early Education in the News
No matter how many hours or days a school district sets for its 300-hour summer voluntary prekindergarten program, parents can send their children for partial days or for a portion of the summer.
The efforts in Fairfax come during a nationwide movement to expand and improve pre-kindergarten classes aimed at helping the youngest children -- particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds -- prepare for school.
The bill is intended to improve student performance in school and prepare students for kindergarten, supporters said.
High-quality early education remains difficult to identify and difficult to afford for the middle class.
Attending quality preschool programs will allow children to hit the ground running.
Sustaining quality public pre-K programs in Louisiana will take long-term, bipartisan commitment.
Economists and business leaders are realizing the long-term benefits, not just for the children, but also for the nation's future productivity and our ability to compete in the global market.
The Kansas Department of Education's preliminary report suggests 52.6 percent of children are not ready to learn upon entering kindergarten.
The National Institute for Early Education Research concluded that Head Start does produce long-term educational benefits, but that it could do more if it were better funded and set higher standards.
A northern Idaho lawmaker is trying again this year to pass a bill that would allow the use of public money for preschool.
British efforts for implementing preschool programs have surpassed anything the United States has planned.
The state of Washington is leaving thousands of preschoolers behind, says the League of Education Voters Foundation.
Supporters say an effort to increase the quality of child care in Wyoming would not only be good for kids, it would be good for business and would reduce crime.
In an idea they believe will move Hawai'i closer to universal preschool for 4-year-olds, several leading educators and childcare advocates have recommended the state Legislature create a new authority that would make policy for and direct early-childhood education statewide.
South Carolina lawmakers can fund a universal pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds for $100 million by raising cigarette taxes.
Leaders of big businesses in America show strong support for earlier schooling for children.
The state is talking with faith-based kindergarten programs about the possibility of contracting with them to open up slots for at-risk children.
Even under the best of conditions, finding enough money to fund Kentucky's education programs is problematic.
South Dakota is one of 11 states without a public preschool program, but Gov. Rounds wants to change that.
The proposal, which would cost $15 million in its first year, would make preschool a recurring part of the state budget rather than an optional expense that must be renewed each year.