Early Education in the News
The quality of pre-kindergarten programs varies widely, but the good ones are easy to spot.
Every school district that applied for funding was awarded one or more classrooms, with a total of 300 new classrooms being created statewide.
In taking over responsibility for child care, state education officials said more children will be prepared to enter kindergarten because more resources will be available to providers.
Improved test scores for children who attended public preschool paved the way for the growth of the LA4 preschool program.
The states-led universal pre-kindergarten movement appears to be gaining steam.
Now middle-class families are insisting on first-rate, publicly supported prekindergartens.
The Texas Early Childhood Education Coalition released a plan to expand access to preschool programs, improve their quality and make them more affordable.
If we are serious about making sure that all of our children have every opportunity to reach their potential, we need to start with promoting and providing universal early childhood education programs.
More U.S. children are living in poverty these days, and their parents often have difficulty finding full-time work, according to a handful of new reports.
New Mexico Voices for Children suggests the state should set aside surplus revenues for programs to improve the education and health of children.
The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning seeks to combine child-care regulation, early education and nutrition services for children birth to school age into one united effort.
Business leaders who have championed expanded preschool programs to help prepare low-income Minnesota kids for kindergarten got the green light from the Legislature to proceed.
Despite classes that are held in unconventional buildings, such as aging churches, homes and storefronts, preschools in Trenton and 30 other impoverished districts are rapidly improving, experts say, bringing hope of considerable strides toward raising the education levels of poor, minority children closer to their suburban counterparts.
At the same time Florida launches its voluntary prekindergarten program, it's pulling the plug on scholarships for child care workers to get the credentials they need to teach.
Latino children account for one in five children of preschool age, but too few have access to high-quality programs, leaders at the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza said yesterday.
In 1998, the state Supreme Court decided preschool was crucial if New Jersey were to narrow the achievement gap largely harming minority children in New Jersey's poorest cities.
District leaders said the private partnerships amount to a dramatic expansion, because the money will convert thousands of day-care slots into quality preschool slots for far less than it costs to create new classrooms in schools.
Now is not the time to pull back on support for a pre-K program that leads the nation.
The hope is that with an extra push in the summer, at-risk Head Start children will be ready for kindergarten.
Despite the political rhetoric about the value of preschool education -- and how it is a solid investment in the nation's future -- progress in expanding high-quality preschool programs has been limited.