Early Education in the News
[T]he Ohio Department of Education has established the state's first set of standards for preschoolers. But it is vital that these standards be viewed as goals for students and preschools, rather than as a yardstick of performance.
The district says about 4,000 students now take advantage of the tuition-free program.
That additional investment of roughly $873 per pupil would buy preschool for poor children, full-day kindergarten, smaller class sizes, one-on-one tutors for struggling students, and greater professional development for teachers.
A bill approved 8-0 by the Assembly Education Committee establishes the goals of creating universal preschool by 2014 and making kindergarten mandatory.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Vicki Phillips released some details of the Rendell administration's "Early Childhood Education Investment Fund."
In less than 10 years, preschool will be free for 4-year-olds throughout the state of West Virginia.
But who knew that fitness trainers and aerobics instructors make almost as much as sociologists and nearly twice as much as preschool teachers? The average for child care workers was $10.01, preschool teachers $13.50 and maids and housekeepers $13.66.
Nearly 2,000 slots in city-financed child care centers are not being filled, according to a report released yesterday by the city comptroller, even though nearly 47,000 low-income children are on a waiting list.
The Chicoses were two of 37 parents who graduated from More at Four Kindergarten Parent Academy on Tuesday night at Cliffdale Classical Elementary School. The sessions included lessons on how to improve a child's self-esteem, how to be a better parent and how to help children succeed in school.
Child care, especially high-quality care, prepares children for school and life and enables parents to work. What most people don't realize is that it also has a huge impact on the current and future economy of a state, according to a report released in March by the Mid-America Regional Council.
Our governor says two major ingredients are required to turn around the current economic picture and secure our future: good-paying jobs and education. Quality, affordable child care should be added as the third.
The governor's preschool plan for next year would steer about $10 million from a federal welfare-to-work program into an expanded preschool program serving 2,000 more poor children.
Education Commissioner William Librera said the "one-size-fits-all" model proposed by former commissioner Leo Klagholz is no longer viewed as the best approach, and he wants more flexibility. But David Sciarra of the Education Law Center, which has represented children in the Abbott school districts, is concerned that the petition is a budget-driven attempt to allow the state to cut funding for services currently required by Abbott mandates.
Public elementary schools enrolled approximately 822,000 children in prekindergarten classes throughout the country, according to Prekindergarten in U.S. Public Schools: 2000–2001, a study released recently by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. Thirty-five percent of all public elementary schools, both regular and those designed for children with disabilities, offered such programs.
Head Start now is fighting for its franchise as, increasingly, public schools recognize that to close the learning gap between the haves and have-nots, they also must begin earlier - with 3- and 4-year-olds. Instead of competing, taxpayer-funded preschool programs and school systems should be collaborating.
"The question is 'How do we fund education?'" especially when state income is down, state Education Superintendent Cecil Picard said.
The preschool standards address language and math skills -- and in a few months will include science and social studies. The standards aren't mandatory, and failure to meet them won't keep kids out of kindergarten, state officials say.
Throughout the United States, working parents struggle to pay for care that too often fails to give children the foundation they need to succeed as learners and as individuals. The United States has been notoriously, some say embarrassingly, slow to adapt to the economic realities that have convinced nearly every other industrialized nation in the world to make investment in the care and education of young children a priority.
Estimates state nearly $6,400 is needed per pre-K child to create and maintain 25 preschool programs with approximately 12 children per classroom in the county.
It deserves it because the stakes for young children in California are so high, and the potential for giving them a better start in life is so great. The children least likely to get quality preschool come not just from the poorest families -- who qualify for federally and state subsidized programs, assuming such programs have room -- but from working-poor families whose incomes place them just above the eligibility threshold but who cannot possibly pay for a decent private program.