Early Education in the News

Quad-City Times
June 4, 2004

Jerry Stermer, the president of Voices for Illinois Children, said more must be done to improve Illinois child care, but he said, "the raw numbers show that we are moving in the right direction."

Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier
June 3, 2004

Improving access to early childhood education programs will help improve Iowa's future rankings.

The City Paper, Nashville, TN
June 3, 2004

Despite improvements in several areas, Tennessee still ranks 43rd in the annual Kids Count national ranking of child well-being.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 3, 2004

High-quality early childhood education followed up by an adequate and equitably funded basic education system are key to making sure that children are prepared for school.

Lexington Herald-Leader
June 3, 2004

Despite improvements in six of the 10 child well-being indicators used by the Kids Count report, Kentucky ranked 37th overall.

The Times Record
June 3, 2004

Children who start school behind stay behind and remain behind throughout their school years.

Fox 11
June 3, 2004

Children entering kindergarten in Arizona aren't equipped with the right educational foundation.

The Arkansas City Traveler
June 1, 2004

Arkansas City is part of a lawsuit claiming that the state's school funding method is unfair.

Minnesota Public Radio
May 31, 2004

Minneapolis school district officials say the state Legislature's failure to pass an education finance bill this year has forced them to cut back a popular preschool program. The funding hangup could eliminate as many as 11 sites for the program known as High Five.

The New Zealand Herald
May 28, 2004

Every 3 and 4-year-old in New Zealand will be entitled to 20 hours' free education each week under "landmark" early childhood plans announced yesterday. In the biggest change in early childhood education since 1989, Education Minister Trevor Mallard promised the $483 million injection over four years would make it easier to claim entitlements and more profitable to work while children are in early learning.

Los Angeles Times
May 24, 2004

Hoping to create a groundswell of support statewide, the nonprofit Preschool California — which promotes publicly funded preschools for 4-year-olds — met recently with educators, businesspeople and community representatives in six cities, including Anaheim. The meetings are a way to share research and create strategies for developing support for a billion-dollar education initiative that Preschool California said, though costly, is necessary to meet families' needs.

Times Union, Albany, NY
May 23, 2004

We believe that early education -- prekindergarten in particular -- must be central to the school funding debate. The debate focuses instead on whether free public pre-k serves as a necessary foundation for all 4-year-olds, or whether it's a luxury that New York can afford to provide only to a few.

The City Paper, Nashville, TN
May 19, 2004

Poverty-level wages and minimal training are the reality for Nashville’s early childhood educators and the roughly 18,000 children served by them, according to a study released Tuesday by a local children’s advocacy group.

The Charlotte Observer
May 17, 2004

A former governor of North Carolina addressed a joint session of the Oklahoma Legislature on Monday and touted the state's commitment to early childhood education.

Pioneer Press, St. Paul, MN
May 15, 2004

This week's legislative logjam could jeopardize a pre-kindergarten program serving more than 1,200 4-year-olds in Minneapolis and St. Paul. A plan to save the program, which proponents say has been successful in narrowing the achievement gap, has the approval of Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-Farmer-Labor-controlled Senate.

The Record
May 13, 2004

In contrast to the court-ordered preschools in Abbott districts, the state decided on its own to begin funding early childhood education in other districts with significant numbers of low-income children.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY
May 12, 2004

Gov. Joe Kernan couldn't get lawmakers to buy into his plan for statewide full-day kindergarten earlier this year, but yesterday he used an executive order to create a commission to keep looking at the issue. The 32 members of the Indiana Commission for Early Learning and School Readiness also will make recommendations for coordinating existing preschool, reading and other programs for children ages 4 and younger, whether they are offered by public or private organizations.

The Providence Journal, Providence, RI
May 11, 2004

A legislative effort to restructure the way early education services are provided in Vermont has likely stalled for the year.

The Boston Globe
May 11, 2004

The proposal calls for the creation of a new Board of Early Education and Care to look at ways to strengthen existing early childhood education programs and develop educational standards that all daycare centers and preschools must meet to receive state licenses.

Palm Beach Post
May 10, 2004

Voters asked for "high quality" pre-kindergarten for all 4-year-olds in Florida. Lawmakers ignored voters' demand, delivering to the governor legislation that provides so few academic standards that preschool is a misnomer.