Early Education in the News
The new study adds to the mounting evidence that children who've had preschool do better in kindergarten and first grade than those who haven't. They do better in language, literacy and math.
The study found that Abbott students who attended preschool entered kindergarten significantly ahead of students who did not attend preschool. The advantages were most obvious in vocabulary, basic literacy skills and math, and the advantage lasted through second grade.
Licensed, for-profit preschools and infant/toddler day care centers will receive property tax exemptions from the city under a bill passed Wednesday by the City Council. Supporters of the bill call it a matter of fairness, pointing out that K-12 schools already are exempt from property tax, other than a $100 minimum tax.
Tennessee's Voluntary Pre-K program is designed to teach children about their world, to understand relationships between other children and adults outside the family circle, to learn how to work together, solve problems and be successful, productive citizens.
This fall, Georgia's Pre-K Program will become the first in the nation to serve its millionth child, Georgia first lady Mary Perdue said Wednesday.
Besides Pell Grants, $10 billion of the estimated $87 billion in savings from eliminating subsidies would go toward early childhood education, increasing the number of poor children with access to pre-kindergarten, among other things.
Quite simply, school officials and others say, the need for preschool services is far greater than the resources available.
The Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effects study found that children who participated in the Abbott preschool education program outperformed their peers in the first and second grades.
But West Virginia -- like Georgia, Oklahoma, Illinois and New York -- is also committed to building towards a voluntary, universal pre-k program for four-year olds.
Iliana and Lulu's simple camaraderie, perhaps uncommon at most schools, is normal at the Lighthouse International preschool in New York City, where several blind students are taught alongside sighted students. The visually impaired also benefit from the joint education, according to a small study published in the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness in 2002, which said it helps blind children be more social.
Policy should instead be built on two undisputed foundations: only students who can read well can be educated well, and reading is a skill learned early, by third or fourth grade.
With one of the highest access rates in the nation for 4-year-olds, Florida's program has been held up as a nationwide model, but with one of the lowest rates of per-child spending, experts say it has a long way to go.
Children who come to school prepared to learn have a dramatic advantage, and researchers say it is substantially easier to help a child catch up if the need for intervention is discovered at a very young age. Every $1 spent on high quality early education translates into $7 in reduced future expenditures for special education, delinquency, crime control, welfare and lost taxes.
An increasing number of school districts are offering public preschool, the idea being that teaching children early will help their learning -- and save school districts money -- down the road.
In May, the New York City Department of Education stirred rage among middle-class parents when it put hundreds of children on waiting lists to attend kindergarten at their neighborhood schools. Fewer schools will be forced to turn away kindergartners in the fall, officials said on Tuesday, and in neighborhoods like the Upper East Side, waiting lists have been cut in half.
A new study shows students who attend Michigan City Area Schools' preschool program are making significantly positive gains, above and beyond normal expected development. It also shows preschool students made significant gains regardless of race or socioeconomic status.
The kids were turned away because they will be old enough for kindergarten and thus can no longer attend a preschool offered by a school that gets state or federal preschool funding — not even if their parents or teachers think they need another year of preschool. About a dozen people, primarily school administrators, asked the Legislature's Education Committee to change state law so low-income parents can do what middle- and upper-income parents have done for years: redshirt their kids from kindergarten for a year and keep them in quality preschool programs.
The Early Learning Initiative, a collaboration between the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, is designed to help prepare children for kindergarten. Gov. Ted Strickland's budget proposal would cut the program, which primarily benefits children of low-income families.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has a six-point plan that addresses rising childcare costs for the state's working families. Given today's economy, the incomes earned by working parents are not keeping pace with these costs, she said.
More Alabama classrooms are getting grants to offer the state's First Class Pre-K program. Gov. Bob Riley announced Tuesday that 27 classrooms have been selected to become sites and the total number of children being served by program will increase to 3,808.