Early Education in the News
Half of the region's kindergarteners are the children of immigrants, and their scores tend to be lower than their English-speaking counterparts. But officials Wednesday said those scores are correlated with social factors — not language.
Early enrollment numbers for Florida's new voluntary summer pre-K program are low.
North Dakota has an opportunity to use public dollars in the best way: to get children started early on the road to a good public education.
Idaho is one of eight states that doesn't spend any state money on early education.
Individuals looking to open preschools say they are finding it increasingly difficult to locate space.
But not all children are prepared for the longer days or the rigorous academics, according to some school officials. It's especially tough for 4-year-olds and students learning English, according to teachers.
A Weld County group is trying to a get an English acquisition bill on November's ballot. The proposal, which focuses on children younger than 10, would require non-English-speaking students to spend a year, two if need be, learning English before moving them into an English-speaking classroom setting.
West Virginia is well ahead of its goal of establishing public preschools for all 4-year-olds.
Four decades of solid research have demonstrated the positive effects of high-quality preschool programs.
More families climbing out of poverty also means more climbing into the most underserved population for preschool services. "Even though the participation rates for kids in poverty aren't as high as we would like, they're even lower for kids who are from families who are between poverty and median income," said Dr. Steve Barnett, director of the New Jersey-based National Institute for Early Education Research.
A good preschool program is worth its weight in gold.
South Carolina's neediest public school systems and private day-care providers will share any new money the Legislature appropriates this year for expanding 4-year-old kindergarten under a bill a House committee endorsed Tuesday.
Volumes of research and data now exist to support that an investment in quality child care and education is an investment in the state's economic future.
A shortage of highly educated pre-kindergarten teachers is a problem nationwide, not just in Oregon, and it worries experts who say that the early years are crucial to a child's beginning academic and emotional development.
Nationally, many forces are converging to address the issue of quality early childhood education.
Tennessee students who participated in a pilot preschool program for at-risk children did better on math and reading tests than those who didn't take part.
A recent survey of Vermont's towns revealed that 60 percent provide publicly funded preschool.
There are not enough slots for students who need early childhood education services.
It's hard to name a public investment that has earned more praise from elected leaders and academic experts in recent years than early-childhood education.
We believe that starting the education process earlier, offering more challenges to our 3- and 4-year-olds, will make a difference.