Early Education in the News
In 2012, the National Institute for Early Education Research estimated that if Indiana were to set up a preschool program, it would need to spend $4,130 per child. The same study said that Indiana's neighbors do not have a problem spending on early childhood education. Ohio spends approximately $3,900 per child to enroll 5,700 students in a statewide preschool program with a total cost to the state of $22 million. Kentucky spends more than $3,300 per child to enroll more than 22,000 students with a cost of $75 million. Illinois, on the other hand, spends more than $3,400 per child with a total enrollment of more than 83,000 students and a total cost of $289 million.
Gov. Jay Nixon announced $400,000 in money for renovations at the Jefferson City Day Care Center today as part of a larger announcement across the state that will provide money to 10 early childhood education projects in Missouri.
The D.C. Public Charter School Board has approved a revised evaluation tool for preschools that is one of the first efforts in the country to tie the success of early learning programs to the academic performance of their students.The original proposal prompted an outcry from parents who were concerned that the emphasis on academic testing could lead to a narrowing of what children learn in preschool.
The Los Angeles Unified School District is considering spending new state money for disadvantaged kids to restore preschools and other early education programs to set them on the right path from the start. "Studies show that early childhood education is impactful in terms of making sure that children that come from at-risk neighborhoods that are low-income benefit appreciably from having the foundational skills that are imparted in early ed," said Kim Patillo Brownson, a member of L.A. Unified's new ad-hoc early education committee and Director of Educational Equity at the Advancement Project.
[A] growing field of study links chronic absenteeism in the early years to diminished academic outcomes in later grades, leading to an increased likelihood of both lower test scores and dropping out before graduation.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan just wrapped a back-to-school bus tour touting, among other things, the virtues of high-quality early childhood education. The effort is part of the administration's push to ensure access to high quality care and education for more students, which was one of President Obama's signature talking points during last year's presidential campaign.
A big reason for this turnaround? Universal preschool. Not just pre-K for 4-year-olds, as in Oklahoma’s widely praised program, or for poor children, as President Obama has proposed. Preschool that is (at least theoretically) for everyone, starting at age 3. That’s what we get in D.C.: five days a week, for nearly 10 months a year, from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., my taxes pay for my toddler’s education.
That shift would begin in Fort Worth schools under a proposed $490 million bond program that includes an estimated $24 million for 82 new pre-kindergarten classrooms at 15 campuses. The additions would allow the district to serve 3,000 more 4-year-olds.
Our choice in these difficult economic times is not just whether to spend or cut, but whether to choose knowledge over conventional wisdom. Will we put money in programs that pay off? Quality early childhood programs for disadvantaged children are not “entitlements” or bottomless wells of social spending. They foster human flourishing and they improve our economic productivity in the process.
State Senate Democrats in Indiana will soon offer legislation that would create a universal preschool program for the state’s three and four year olds, as well as lower the mandatory school age to five from seven. The cost is hard to estimate, but Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane (D) said it could be as much as full-day Kindergarten, which is about $197 million a year.
A growing number of preschoolers have headed to class this fall in St. Paul and elsewhere in Minnesota and, in the eyes of the law, that is an investment worth making. Quality preschool can help prevent kids from becoming career criminals, according to Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows, speaking Thursday as part of a national campaign for $75 billion in new federal funding over 10 years to open preschool opportunities for low- and middle-income children.
Home visits by nurses or other trained health professionals can improve the development of preterm infants, parenting and the home environment, according to a new review of recent research. "Overall the trend did seem to support that it is effective," Dr. Neera Goyal, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Children's Hospital Cincinnati Medical Center and the study's lead author, told Reuters Health. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has set aside funding for home visiting programs for at-risk families to improve outcomes for mothers and their babies born prematurely, Goyal and her team note in the journal Pediatrics.
This year marks the 21st anniversary of Georgia’s Pre-K Program recently ranked by the National Institute for Early Education Research as one of the top state programs in the nation, based on quality standards, teacher qualifications and enrollment....While Georgia’s Pre-K Program is extremely important to the child and valuable for the state, we are currently able to serve only 60 percent of the state’s four year olds. Even when we are (hopefully) able to serve all four year olds in the years to come, many children will enter Georgia’s Pre-K already behind.
Senate Democrats want to create a universal early childhood education program in Indiana and lower the mandatory school age to 5 from 7. . . . Lanane said research shows high-quality pre-K programs result in students who are more likely to graduate from high school, earn a higher income, own a home and be less likely to require remediation or commit crimes. “The benefits are clear,” said Lanane. “We’re one of only 10 states without meaningful pre-kindergarten education.”
All publicly funded early childhood education programs in Louisiana must start testing students and undergo state evaluations by 2015, the Education Department said Thursday. The announcement comes as the state expands its pilot evaluations of day-care centers, Head Start classes and pre-kindergarten from voluntary status in 15 parishes to mandatory in 64 parishes, and unifies them under a single set of accountability rules.
The national organization "Fight Crime: Invest in Kids" has lined up support from law enforcement to push for more preschool funding. In a report released at a Waterloo news conference, leaders noted that more preschool opportunities early in life might cut Iowa’s prison population by as much as 800. And they estimated that could save state taxpayers as much as $39 million a year.
Last week, the World Bank released a new report titled Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) in Poor Villages of Indonesia: Strong Foundations, Later Success, which highlights innovative, community- based strategies, and the promising outcomes for young children. One of the messages of the report is that investment in the formative years of Indonesian children will have economic benefits in the future.
The early childhood education advocacy community has been preaching the benefits of preschool and early learning for decades . . . . But we must be sure not to conflate the notions of "Preschool for All" and "one size fits all."
Some D.C. charter school leaders are asking the city’s public charter school board to reconsider a proposal to rank preschools based largely on their performance on varying math and reading tests. In written comments to the board, several leaders questioned the validity of comparing schools based on different assessments and said the proposed evaluation tool would have unintended consequences.
Studies conducted in Oklahoma, Georgia, Texas, and New Jersey, states which have large-scale preschool programs, have shown tremendous benefits, both academic and financial, for the children who attended preschool as four-year-olds. According to Steve Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, high quality preschool programs have been found “to return as much as ten dollars for every dollar invested, from higher earnings, lower crime, and reduced government costs later in life.”
According to the National Institute for Early Education Research, only 45 percent of New York State’s four-year-olds are enrolled in state-funded preschools. Saugerties, like most districts, does not have a preschool program. Parents who wish to reap the benefits of a preschool education for their children have to pay for private school.