Early Education in the News

Daily Mail
May 13, 2014

The availability of state-funded pre-kindergarten programs varies widely from one part of the country to another, says a new report.

For example, more than 9 in 10 4-year-olds in the District of Columbia attended such a program during the 2012-13 school year, while 10 states have no such program.

A number of states had fairly high enrollments, according to the report released Tuesday, though slightly lower than the District. More than 7 out of 10 4-year-olds in Florida, Oklahoma and Vermont were in such programs, while about 6 in 10 in Iowa, Georgia, West Virginia and Wisconsin were enrolled.

In fact, even as lawmakers from both parties have embraced the idea of expanding early childhood programs, the number of children enrolled in state preschool programs saw a modest decline of about 9,200 children in the 20-2013 school year — the first such reduction since 2002, when researchers at Rutgers University started tracking pre-K trends. Even as funding increased from a year earlier, more than half of states with programs made cuts. California alone, for example, lost nearly 15,000 slots.

Univision [This article is in Spanish]
May 13, 2014
 
Millions of low-income children stay at home without having the opportunity to get an early education. . .

 

The report released by the National Institute for Early Education Research says 20 states have made cuts of at least one per cent in funding for early education programs. Five states cut 10 percent or more. This educator ensures that it is necessary to close the learning gap.
Education Week
May 13, 2014

Spending in state-funded preschools rose a modest $36 per child in the 2012-2013 school year, a new federally funded report says. But state preschool enrollment also dropped by about 9,200 children, the first time a decline has been catalogued since 2001, when the National Institute for Early Education Research first began collecting such statistics.

Providence Journal
May 13, 2014

Rhode Island ranks last in the nation for access for state-funded pre-school programs, enrolling just 144 or one percent of the state’s four-year-olds. . . 

Rhode Island continues to offer a high quality pre-school program, according to the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER).

EdSource
May 13, 2014

California’s state funded preschool program enrolled about 15,000 fewer children in 2012-13 than it had the year before, according to the State Preschool Yearbook by the National Institute for Early Education Research.

Steven Barnett, the institute’s director, said California was one of several large states, including Texas and Florida, to meet few of the quality standards for public preschool programs. California meets 4 out of 10 of the standards established by the institute for high quality programs for 3- and 4-year-olds.

WHNT 19 News
May 13, 2014

The state will issue 100 new grants for Pre-K programs in Alabama, bringing the state to 410 sites statewide. . . 

The National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER) sets benchmarks for Pre-K programs across the nation. The most recent NIEER report gives Alabama’s program top marks. The state meets all 10 benchmarks for quality, one of only four states to do so. . . 

However, the NIEER report does call access “very limited,” stating that only 6 percent of state 4-year-olds receive service.

ABC News
May 13, 2014

In fact, even as lawmakers from both parties have embraced the idea of expanding early childhood programs, the number of children enrolled in state preschool programs saw a modest decline of about 9,200 children in the 20-2013 school year — the first such reduction since 2002, when researchers at Rutgers University started tracking pre-K trends. Even as funding increased from a year earlier, more than half of states with programs made cuts. California alone, for example, lost nearly 15,000 slots.

Overall, $5.4 billion was spent by states on pre-K funding for about 1.3 million preschoolers.

The report is from the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers in collaboration with the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics.

Washington Post
May 13, 2014

Enrollment in state-funded preschool programs nationally declined for the first time in more than a decade, reflecting lingering effects of the economic downturn, according to a national survey released Tuesday.

Across the country, 4,000 fewer children attended state pre-kindergarten programs in 2012-2013 than the year before. Most of the reductions were concentrated in large states, including California, Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

“Our nation has emerged from the recession, but preschool age children are being left to suffer the effects,” said Steve Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, based at Rutgers University, which publishes the annual report.

Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2014

Florida enrolls more 4-year-olds in state-funded pre-K than any other state but spends far less than most and provides a program that falls short of "quality standards," according to an annual report on the nation's preschool efforts released today.

The annual State of Preschool report's findings for Florida were similar to those in past years.

News Channel 4
May 13, 2014

Oklahoma is getting some national recognition today for its work regarding state-funded pre-school programs in a new study. It shows Oklahoma is a leader in early childhood education.

new study the National Institute for Early Childhood Research just released shows nationwide preschool enrollment has declined, but not in Oklahoma.

EIN News
May 13, 2014

ReadyNation/America's Edge, a coalition of more than 1,000 business leaders from across the country, is calling for an unprecedented expansion of quality preschool for children from low- and moderate-income families. ReadyNation founder Dr. Rob Dugger made the announcement at the release of the annual State of Preschool report from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). He voiced strong concerns about the economic impact of weak enrollment in public, private, and church preschool programs, cuts in funding for many of those programs, and the fact that more than 500,000 children are in programs that meet few quality standards.

Dugger and NIEER Director Steve Barnett emphasized the need to ensure all children are in high-quality programs, with teachers who have bachelor's degrees, small classes, age-appropriate curricula and other factors tied to success. The Strong Start for America's Children Act will support state preschool programs that incorporate these qualities.
EdCentral
May 13, 2014

After the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) nearly lost funding last year, the early education community is breathing a sigh of relief at today’s publication of the organization’s annual State of Preschool Yearbook. That is, until we cracked it open. According to NIEER, 2013 marked the first year of decline in enrollment noted by the organization over the decade it has been publishing the Yearbooks. More than 9,000 fewer 4-year-olds were enrolled in state-funded pre-K programs across the U.S. this year. The decline came from just 11 states that reduced enrollment overall, compared with 20 states that actually grew their ranks last year. A massive decline in 4-year-olds’ enrollment in California (14,000 fewer children enrolled), as well as Pennsylvania and Arkansas (2,800 and 2,000 fewer children enrolled, respectively) dragged down the enrollment numbers across the country. 

kuow.org
May 13, 2014

The number of preschoolers enrolled in state-funded early childhood education programs is dropping nationally.

A national study released Tuesday shows that Northwest states are holding steady in terms of overall enrollment but continue to rank near the bottom in some key areas

The study from the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers Universityhas good things to say about the quality of state-funded pre-kindergarten education in Oregon and Washington. But it shows the number of children receiving this publicly funded opportunity is on the low end.

Wall Street Journal (Digital)
May 13, 2014

Despite having support in Washington, preschool education hit a snag recently after a report from Rutgers University found enrollment from 2012 to 2013 was lower than in the previous year. National Institute for Early Education Research director Steven Barnett discusses. 

KGW.com
May 13, 2014

A new report card grading state preschool enrollment found Washington is below average in pre-K access for three-year-olds and four-year-olds.

The National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University released the study, which found nationwide pre-school enrollment declined.

National Journal
May 13, 2014

In April, the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights released data for the first time examining the number of young children suspended from preschool programs in public schools.

Gilliam's research shows that high teacher-child ratios and teacher stress—indicators of a low-quality preschool program—are closely associated with an elevated rate of student expulsions. Black children "experience a serious opportunity gap in the form of limited access to high-quality early care and education," and are more likely to be placed in low-quality care, according to research released in November by the National Institute for Early Education Research.
Hawai'i Free Press
May 13, 2014

The 2013 State Preschool Yearbook is the newest edition of our annual report profiling state-funded prekindergarten programs in the United States. This latest Yearbook presents data on state-funded prekindergarten during the 2012-2013 school year as well as documenting a decade of progress since the first Yearbook collected data on the 2001-2002 school year. Tracking trends long term is key to understanding the progress of early childhood education across the country and improving educational opportunities for America’s children. For the first time, the Yearbook also provides narrative information on early childhood education efforts in the 10 states and the U.S. territories which do not provide state-funded pre-K.

The Washington Post
May 13, 2014

The District offers broader access to public preschool than any state in the nation, according to a survey released Tuesday, which showed that the city continues to expand its early childhood education programs even as enrollment in pre-kindergarten declined nationally for the first time in a decade.

The annual “State of Preschool” report from the National Institute for Early Education Research, based at Rutgers University, showed that 94 percent of four-year-olds and 80 percent of three-year-olds were enrolled in the District’s public preschool programs in 2012-2013.

Parents
May 12, 2014

If you followed President Obama's last State of the Union address, you know about his proposed plans for universalpreschool, which could help bridge the educational gap for young kids of different backgrounds. About two out of three 4-year-olds and two out of five 3-year-olds currently attend preschool, and the numbers are rising. The growth in preschool participation has been fueled primarily by three factors: Research has revealed important brain development occurs in the early years of life; there is compelling evidence that preschool has long-term benefits for children, and preschool helps prepare children for the increased demands of kindergarten. 

The New York Times (Opinionator)
May 10, 2014

A 2007 Connecticut study found that poor children who attended economically mixed prekindergarten classes progressed from well below the national average in crucial language skills to just above it during the course of the school year, while those in low-income-only classes remained below the norm. A new evaluation of Boston’s heralded preschools reaches the same conclusion — peers matter. “Vocabulary and background knowledge play a major role in student learning,” says Jason Sachs, who runs the Boston program, “and interacting with mixed-income students allows for richer discussions among students.” (In achievement and other measures, well-off kids in integrated settings do neither better nor worse.)

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