Early Education in the News
Despite the impressive funding gains, though, less than 30% of the nation's 3- and 4-year-olds are served by publicly funded early education. Federal action is needed urgently to reinforce states' progress and accelerate the growth of early learning programs.
This year Georgia will see the enrollment of its one-millionth pre-k student and the entire state is celebrating. This year, the Georgia pre-k program will serve 82,000 children in approximately 4,100 classrooms in Georgia, according to information provided by Dade Elementary School counselor Tinena Bice.
It's a law that some hope will put more teeth into the effort to get kids in school, and get them there early. Supporters says early education pays off by not only preparing kids [for] the first grade, but higher graduation rates later.
A tax-supported program that helps Denver families pay for preschool will cut its tuition reimbursements by 25 percent next fall — another victim of the economy.
Early-childhood education advocates also fear greater cuts to the statewide Colorado Preschool Program that pays for preschool for the state's neediest children.
For these 5- and 6-year-olds, technology is a way of life, no different than using a crayon for their writing lessons. Technology has become increasingly prominent in classrooms and ever more important for the young generation.
In August, nearly 200 kits in the "Reading for All: Born Learning Lending Library" program were provided to local child care providers. The purpose of the Lending Library kit is to encourage early literacy among the children in child care and to promote literacy within the child's home.
A joint House-Senate committee recommended last week to keep funding that is designated for Great Start Readiness and other specific programs, but if the proposal passes, school districts may eliminate or downsize these programs to make up for a $218 per pupil cut.
Early child care and education is a growing concern for people across the nation. Two local groups recently undertook a survey that identified various issues and needs surrounding early child care in the Yankton area.
Preschool programs could be made available to all of Arkansas' 3- and 4-year-olds without additional state funding, the state's new education commissioner said Monday.
Debra Lore, a nurse with the state Nurse-Family Partnership program, brought the book. Lore worked with [LaSarah] Todd through her pregnancy, helped her graduate from high school, and is now showing her how to give her daughter an early start on learning.
Early childhood is the optimal time for learning a second language, according to The National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL). Children who speak other languages have a keener awareness and perception of language in general, enhanced communication skills, a better understanding of their native language, a larger vocabulary and better listening and problem-solving skills.
The ability of young children to control their emotional and cognitive impulses, it turns out, is a remarkably strong indicator of both short-term and long-term success, academic and otherwise.
The Senate passed a cut of $104 million to these programs that ensure students get a great start to their school careers. If enacted in the coming weeks, this cut would all but eliminate preschool and early intervention programs. We'd save some money in the short run -- but what do we lose over the long haul by not making that investment?
And with a $26 million boost for Early Head Start in federal stimulus funds and separate $10 million expansion, nonprofit organizations around the country are hoping to expand enrollment of migrant infants and toddlers by thousands more. The goal: Besides providing a safe haven, the programs offer access to basic social services, help teach English and aim to set these children on a path toward parity with their peers in kindergarten.
Even as the fate of early childhood education funding in Michigan for 2010 hangs in the balance in the state Capitol in Lansing, Bill Millett, president of Scope View Strategic Advantage told the Economic Club of West Michigan that the case for early childhood education has too often been sold in the wrong way. And the nation risks losing out in the future world of knowledge-based industries and talents if it doesn't invest in early childhood education, he argued.
The purpose is to give children from infancy to six years old a head start in learning through play in a "real, feel good type of place," said Wendy Faragalli, manager/co-ordinator of the centres. Not only do children learn colours, shapes, numbers and have access to activities they wouldn't at home, they get used to school long before their first official day, thanks to some of the more structured activities, such as a reading circle.
Cynthia Gallagher, coordinator of the Office of Early Education and Reading Initiatives at the state Department of Education, said the debate over when to send children to kindergarten is renewed every fall. The availability of pre-kindergarten classes and the prevalence of families where both parents work means a small number of children are held back from starting kindergarten because they have birthdays that are late in the calendar year.
The building is Frisco ISD's first location created specifically for eligible preschoolers and fills an expanding need for low-income and special education services. But it also represents a growing investment in early childhood education.
Other states are moving ahead by investing in early childhood programs, while Indiana struggles to pay for remediation, job-training, welfare programs and the cost of courts and prisons. Giving children the right tools from the start would significantly reduce the need for those costly programs.
Previous generations of kindergarteners came to school to learn their ABCs and the numbers one through 10. But according to standards set in 2006 by the state Department of Education, today's kindergarteners should learn to read and write complete sentences and count to 100 by ones and tens.