Early Education in the News
Even under the best of conditions, finding enough money to fund Kentucky's education programs is problematic.
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.
South Carolina fails to ensure the state's youngest children are prepared for the academic challenges they will face in public schools.
As worthy a goal as it may be to support more preschool opportunities, education advocates should force the Legislature to revisit the mandatory kindergarten issue first.
Gov. Bob Taft has scaled back two eligibility requirements and set a March 1 deadline for enrolling thousands of additional students in a preschool program for poor children.
In places where state dollars remain in coveted supply, early childhood education advocates argue that universal preschool misses the point.
Chicago parents are searching for available spots in the best preschool programs for their young children.
Although its economic development rewards are great, early childhood education is rarely viewed in economic development terms.
New media products for babies, toddlers and preschoolers began flooding the market in the late 1990's.
Gov. Warner has announced the establishment of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation to help build and improve early childhood programs.
NIEER's study of the state-funded preschool program in Oklahoma revealed significant improvement in children's development.
Washington's governor proposed a new rating system for child care and preschool centers so parents can make informed decisions about where to send their children.
Publicly funded preschool is offered to about 27,000 disadvantaged Virginia children, but, by the time Gov.-elect Timothy M. Kaine leaves the governor's mansion, he wants to open it to all children who want to attend, regardless of family income.
The Idaho Business Coalition for Education Excellence is supporting a change in state law that will allow school districts to spend money on preschool.
The long-term economic consequences of not channeling more money into children's early schooling would be dire, with too few people having qualifications for high-skill jobs, the state education commissioner said Thursday.
These days the rallying cry is preschool for everyone, not just poor children.
Early childhood education advocates are pushing for an additional cigarette tax, saying this will generate millions of dollars to help children prepare for kindergarten.
Children who attended state-funded prekindergarten in New Jersey's poorest districts made major gains in language, literacy and math skills, according to the largest study yet of the Abbott Preschool Program.
Preschool funding should rise on Minnesota's priority list.
Gov. Tom Vilsack's proposal to pay for preschool with Iowa's regular school-aid formula makes so much sense.