Early Education in the News
College of William and Mary Professor Joseph Galano said the improvement is striking given the challenges facing many children in Hampton Roads.
The High/Scope Educational Research Foundation today announced that it has named Dr. Larry Schweinhart as the organization's next president. [Dr. Schweinhart led] the High/Scope Perry Preschool Project -- the landmark study establishing the great human and financial potential of high-quality early childhood programs.
When it comes to adults' mental health, their early education and nutrition may have more impact than experts previously thought. Preschool programs that provide exercise, enriched instruction and hot meals with fish or meat may stave off mental illness and crime patterns that might otherwise occur in early adulthood, a study led by a University of Southern California psychology professor concludes.
Board president Dexter Braband said trustees will more than likely recommend the district bring back a tuition-based prekindergarten program for noneligible pupils next year.
LA 4 has been proved to increase the academic performance of children, and by extension, to increase their opportunities for success in school and in life.
The Trust for Early Education (TEE) released a new study by Marcy Whitebook, Ph.D., Director, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, University of California, Berkeley, showing that pre-kindergarten teachers with bachelor's degrees and specialized training in child development raise pre-kindergarten program quality and result in better outcomes for children. The paper, which reviews eight major research studies on pre-kindergarten quality, includes several critical findings on the importance of having bachelor-qualified teachers in pre-kindergarten classrooms.
Starting this fall, 4- and 5-year-olds in Head Start programs nationwide will take a standardized test to measure how well the program prepares them for kindergarten. The decision to start testing preschoolers is part of a broader effort by the federal government to refocus the Head Start program on pre-literacy and math skills.
Louisiana's prekindergarten program for at-risk 4-year-olds received high praise Thursday from a national Early Childhood Education expert who assessed its effects.
A measure to levy a 10-cent-per-cup tax on espresso was overwhelmingly rejected by Seattle voters.
President Bush announced last week that the federal government is supporting a largely private effort to create an Internet warehouse of student-achievement and other data collected under federal law. The project will post every state's test-score data and provide search and sorting tools to help users compare how well schools reach specific demographic groups and teach certain subjects, and gauge schools' overall performance.
Effective teachers are capable of inspiring significantly greater learning gains in their students when compared with their weaker colleagues. Teacher quality is a priority area in education policy.
Amid Illinois' tight finances, Gov. Rod Blagojevich approved a $30 million increase that took state spending on early childhood initiatives to $184 million. Higher achievement test scores, lesser need for special-education services and higher graduation rates are just some of the benefits of a quality preschool, according to Steve Barnett, the director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
As the federally-funded preschool program Head Start continues to face scrutiny by lawmakers, Edward Zigler, the initiative's founder, warned Friday that proposed changes to the program will threaten its quality. The program, which prepares low-income children for school, faces reauthorization this year, and some lawmakers have proposed turning its control over to eight states to combine with local programs.
Licensed day care centers and family and group homes are required to display the report cards.
The state's pre-kindergarten council grew a little closer Wednesday to deciding how Florida's constitutionally required preschool classes should look in 2005, but members struggled over making "practical" recommendations or preferable ones. The Universal Prekindergarten Education Advisory Council has met a half-dozen times, talked to various experts and representatives from Georgia and North Carolina, and plans to meet at least once more.
Concerned that thousands of Connecticut children do not have access to adequate preschool, the state Department of Education is crafting a proposal to offer universal preschool statewide. Their analysis from a report issued in October 2000 does show that around 15,000 children in more than 40 cities and towns with the highest needs are not served.
At the top of the fall legislative agenda is education funding.
Alabama voters overwhelmingly rejected a $1.2 billion tax increase today, delivering a crushing blow to their Republican governor, Bob Riley, who had staked his political career on the vote. His ambitious plan was to close a $675 million budget deficit, ease taxes on the poor and catapult the state's school system from among the nation's worst to one of the best.
The PNC Financial Services Group Inc. will spend $100 million over the next decade for a program to help prepare children for school, officials said. The PNC Foundation will make grants to early childhood development organizations in PNC's primary markets to improve school readiness, including language development, literacy, math, sciences and physical health, among others.
[NIEER Director Steve Barnett] today applauded the PNC Financial Services' Grow Up Great initiative, the largest corporate financial commitment to early education, saying "it will dramatically improve the lives of children -- while the rest of society gets a payoff as well." PNC will fund early education programs in the states in which it operates -- Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania.