Early Education in the News
A local program that helps parents be better teachers is full and has a waiting list, overwhelming the three member staff of Parents as Teachers. The voluntary program provides home visits, regular group meetings, developmental screening, a resource library and time for children to meet with parents and other children in the program to play and learn together.
North Dakota received the largest 2008 Early Reading First grant in the nation, totaling more than $5.6 million to be distributed over the next three years. The money, from the U.S. Department of Education, will go toward development and implementation of MiND PLACE, North Dakota Preschool Literacy Acquisition Collaborative for Education.
In lieu of universal preschool in Kalamazoo County, the training session was a first step toward the next-best thing: A universal curriculum and a collaboration with the potential to revolutionize local early-childhood education.
A report to be released Monday confirms parents across the Chicago region are struggling to find quality child care that is affordable. Infant care can cost more than college tuition and swallows one-fifth of a family's income on average, according to Illinois Action for Children, a non-profit group that administers financial assistance for child care in Cook County.
Moreover, the report indicates that the type of childcare makes a difference. For instance, children who receive care from a relative, friend, or neighbor, held at least occasionally in the child’s own home, were more prone to obesity than those who received care at a daycare center or nursery school.
Many parents -- even if their child attended preschool -- are still unsure about how well prepared their child is for kindergarten. To help ease parents' fears, the national Parent Teachers Association has compiled this list of skills that education experts say children should possess to do well in kindergarten.
New research challenges a growing trend toward holding kids out of kindergarten until they're older, arguing that academic advantages are short-lived and come at the expense of delaying entry into the workforce and other costs. The findings show older kindergartners fare better academically largely because they learn more before starting school, not because age improves aptitude, said Darren Lubotsky, a University of Illinois economics professor who co-wrote the study.
Down the road, the state could save money on expensive social costs such as remedial education and incarceration. But to reap these benefits, Massachusetts needs to build a first-class preschool system, ultimately investing an estimated $600 million to unleash preschool's power.
A critical shortage of child care and preschool facilities is hurting families, but the county aims to do something about it. To help underwrite more child care centers and better pay for teachers, the November ballot will include a question asking voters to approve a property tax increase that would generate about $600,000.
School officials want to get a good look at how other communities provide 4-year-old kindergarten programming as they study whether the district should dip its oar into 4K waters. The study is an outgrowth of interest from the district's future needs study committee, parents and the school board, [Judy Baseman] said, noting Appleton is in a minority of districts in the state that don't offer 4K.
That's why Cargill and the McKnight Foundation launched the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation (MELF) in 2006. The foundation is in its second year of creating a "market" for early learning as a way to improve early-learning opportunities — and thereby the number and quality of college graduates — in Minnesota.
Hamilton County Schools was one of 31 programs in the nation selected to receive an Early Reading First Grant from the United States Department of Education this year. The grants are designed to enhance young children's language and cognitive development by providing high quality instruction and research-based professional development to teachers.
Two days after [she] submitted a letter saying 20 country pre-kindergarten programs were not approved, state Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Martha Walker decided to approve 52 county plans.
Children who are brought up on a diet of junk food at the age of three are more likely to make slow progress at school, educational researchers have discovered. The study found the correlation for three-year-olds persisted even after adjusting for the social, economic and ethnic characteristics of the family.
[Indiana Gov. Mitch] Daniels said he is determined to complete funding for full-day kindergarten within the next four years and will work with the General Assembly to determine the appropriate funding increase in the next state budget. According to the Indiana Department of Education, full-day kindergarten enrollment increased by 43 percent between the 2006-07 academic year and 2007-08 (32,356 to 46,409), when increased state funding became available.
The Readiness Project being touted by Gov. Deval Patrick could prove disastrous to struggling school districts, according to some local elected officials. The Readiness Project, which includes universal pre-kindergarten programs and all day kindergarten, is a major concern for School Committee Chairman David Whelan, who expressed fears it would become another unfunded mandate.
Sixty children have been accepted into the program, whose expansion to full-day marks the first step in a five-year process toward universal preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds in the district, said Donna Johnson, principal of Freehold Learning Center. The Freehold school district is one of 87 statewide that are mandated to start implementing a full-day preschool program.
The underpinnings of CAS's Pre-K Counts program are tied to the national and statewide preschool educational standards, which in turn connect with kindergarten skills and standards. By following these standards the children develop early literacy skills and gain math skills that have real life applications.
Schoolchildren are getting younger in Sioux Falls as education options for 4-year-olds grow in spite of the Legislature refusing to be involved and a state witness who questions its need.
Britain has a national curriculum with specific goals, and schools there are rigorously inspected and evaluated. Most kids enter school at 4, instead of 5 as is the case here, and pre-kindergarten programs tend to be more academic than in the United States. American programs are often more play-based than academically structured, and standards vary widely from state-to-state and between public and private settings.