Early Education in the News
Most Idahoans believe the government should help provide high-quality pre-kindergarten programs, a Boise State University survey says. Among the survey's findings was that a third of Idahoans said finding affordable child care was the largest challenge for low-income working parents with young children.
The voluntary, full-day program, provided mostly through public school districts, currently targets 17,000 children who live in poverty. Gov. Phil Bredesen wants to expand the program next year by $25 million and 250 classrooms and ultimately offer it to all Tennessee 4-year-olds.
An attempt to authorize standards for preschools in South Dakota died Thursday on a 10-5 vote in the Legislature's House Education Committee. The original bill proposed that the state Education Department write standards for the voluntary accreditation of pre-kindergarten programs and the certification of teachers in those programs.
Early childhood education is needed now more than ever, as more children are identified as having disabilities or circumstances that require special attention. A recent statistic demonstrates that as many as 1 in 150 kids is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The recent introduction of Georgia House Bill 939 to establish pre-k for 3-year-olds has sparked a much-needed discussion. That discussion has revealed many misconceptions about the economic realities of working families and the importance of quality early care and education for our young children and our community.
A preschool standards bill stalled Tuesday after a House committee couldn't muster enough votes to either kill the measure or keep it moving. The bill, similar to one that passed the Senate and died in the House last year, would give the state authority to write accreditation standards for preschool programs.
Despite it being a revenue challenged year, the Governor says the legislature trimmed from other programs to make up funding for the pre-K initiative. The governor says he wouldn't be pouring all this money into the initiative if the research wasn't clear.
Economic mobility, the chance that children of the poor or middle class will climb up the income ladder, has not changed significantly over the last three decades, a study being released on Wednesday says. The authors of the study, by scholars at the Brookings Institution in Washington and sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts, warned that widening gaps in higher education between rich and poor, whites and minorities, could soon lead to a downturn in opportunities for the poorest families.
The panel cut a $600,000 funding increase the governor requested for Head Start because the Department of Education didn't have a clear plan for how the money would be used, [State Rep. Kevin] Meyer said.
In 2006-2007, children who were enrolled in pre-K programs (70 percent), child care centers (71 percent) and nonpublic nursery schools (83 percent) the year prior to kindergarten exhibited higher school-readiness levels than those who were at home and in informal care (55 percent) or were in family child care (65 percent) the year prior to school. Currently, there are more than 18,000 kindergarten-aged children in Maryland who still need targeted or considerable support to do kindergarten work.
In the same way that more and more people are taking for granted that education must continue long after grade 12, we need to change our thinking about education in our children's first years. In particular, Minnesota employers have an enormous stake in early childhood education.
Gov. Phil Bredesen, a proponent of pre-kindergarten education, said Thursday it would be a "terrible, terrible mistake" to limit pre-K classes to poor students, while Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey reiterated his disagreements with the governor over expanding the program. Bredesen has made expansion of pre-K a cornerstone of his education initiative, proposing $25 million to add 245 classrooms.
[U]nlike the two-thirds of states that already have quality standards for pre-K programs, South Dakota has none. SB26 would give the state Board of Education the authority to adopt standards for things such as teacher-child ratios, group size, health and safety matters and developmentally appropriate materials for play and learning.
Today, my 4-year-old daughter will be put to the test. Along with thousands of other pre-kindergarten children in schools all over the city, she'll take the Bracken School Readiness Assessment and Otis-Lennon School Ability Test. These tests, administered one-on-one between January 22 and February 15, are the new criteria for admission into the gifted and talented programs of New York public schools.
LA4, the premier pre-school program, has proved to be exceptionally strong in preparing kids for regular classes. With additional funds granted recently, LA4 will be even more effective in bridging the academic gap between poor students and their more affluent classmates.
This is a complex issue with a few simple facts and a bunch of elusive moving parts. One reliable truth is this: Children with learning disabilities who get pre-kindergarten special education do better in elementary school than kids with similar disabilities who don't.
Linda Brumley remembers what her kindergarten classroom was like 26 years ago. She taught the students the alphabet, letter sounds, how to write their names - essentially what preschool teaches now.
Teachers of school-age children with autism usually have a good array of resources upon which to draw, said Deborah Schadler, head of the Autism Institute. Teachers of preschool age children, though, often aren't so lucky. And those teachers will probably have more and more children with autism coming into their classrooms, as more parents push to get their children into mainstream preschools.
Expanding high-quality preschool programs in Hawaii would help students land good jobs and ultimately prevent social problems like homelessness and crime, according to a new study. [The report] says preschool teachers need to be paid more and that families, especially poor families, should be informed about the importance of early learning programs for their children.
[C]hildren who start school behind typically stay behind. That's why improving and expanding preschool is critical to ensuring the success of The Kalamazoo Promise and building the area's reputation as the Education Community, Kalamazoo County leaders said.