Early Education in the News
High-quality early education remains difficult to identify and difficult to afford for the middle class.
Attending quality preschool programs will allow children to hit the ground running.
Sustaining quality public pre-K programs in Louisiana will take long-term, bipartisan commitment.
Economists and business leaders are realizing the long-term benefits, not just for the children, but also for the nation's future productivity and our ability to compete in the global market.
The Kansas Department of Education's preliminary report suggests 52.6 percent of children are not ready to learn upon entering kindergarten.
The National Institute for Early Education Research concluded that Head Start does produce long-term educational benefits, but that it could do more if it were better funded and set higher standards.
A northern Idaho lawmaker is trying again this year to pass a bill that would allow the use of public money for preschool.
British efforts for implementing preschool programs have surpassed anything the United States has planned.
Supporters say an effort to increase the quality of child care in Wyoming would not only be good for kids, it would be good for business and would reduce crime.
The state of Washington is leaving thousands of preschoolers behind, says the League of Education Voters Foundation.
In an idea they believe will move Hawai'i closer to universal preschool for 4-year-olds, several leading educators and childcare advocates have recommended the state Legislature create a new authority that would make policy for and direct early-childhood education statewide.
South Carolina lawmakers can fund a universal pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds for $100 million by raising cigarette taxes.
Leaders of big businesses in America show strong support for earlier schooling for children.
The state is talking with faith-based kindergarten programs about the possibility of contracting with them to open up slots for at-risk children.
South Dakota is one of 11 states without a public preschool program, but Gov. Rounds wants to change that.
Even under the best of conditions, finding enough money to fund Kentucky's education programs is problematic.
The proposal, which would cost $15 million in its first year, would make preschool a recurring part of the state budget rather than an optional expense that must be renewed each year.
South Carolina fails to ensure the state's youngest children are prepared for the academic challenges they will face in public schools.
As worthy a goal as it may be to support more preschool opportunities, education advocates should force the Legislature to revisit the mandatory kindergarten issue first.
Gov. Bob Taft has scaled back two eligibility requirements and set a March 1 deadline for enrolling thousands of additional students in a preschool program for poor children.