Early Education in the News
North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue Thursday issued an executive order authorizing the expansion of the NC Pre-K program to serve up to 6,300 additional children by Jan. 1, 2013. An estimated 1,000 of those children will be served immediately in Pre-K classrooms across the state.
The core pre-k recommendation is tentatively scheduled for later this month, and will ensure "universal access to prekindergarten for all 4-year-olds in Shelby County, provided by a mix of district-run classrooms, Head Start and private care centers." That would mean adding 2,500 spaces to the existing pre-k program over the next five years at a cost of $3 million a year.
It’s long been known that early childhood experiences can have a profound affect on later opportunities and life chances. Now, a collection of new studies suggests that those experiences may actually affect the size and workings of the brain.
[T]here are still significant gaps in readiness between Latino children and their white and Asian-American peers before they enter school, especially when it comes to literacy. A 5-year-old program is taking aim at eliminating those gaps by focusing on parenting practices for children from birth to age 5.
A group of business leaders is asking state lawmakers for $5 million to expand Mississippi Building Blocks, a pilot early childhood education program. The program has operated over the past four years with about $7 million of mostly private dollars.
The Washington Department of Early Learning expects a reinstatement of state dollars in its 2013-15 biennial budget, according to Chief Financial Officer Linda Shea. The focus of more than $2 million in the possible reinstated funds would be maintaining service levels for the state’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program.
Piggybacking on a recent Bloomberg administration initiative, Scott M. Stringer, the Manhattan borough president, plans to propose on Tuesday that New York City experiment with an innovative method to help pay for early education. Mr. Stringer, a Democrat who is a likely contender for mayor in 2013, is advocating that the city explore the use of social-impact bonds, also called pay-for-success bonds, to expand access to Early Head Start, which helps pregnant mothers and families with children up to age 3.
Are we under-investing in our state’s youngest children? A convincing stream of research suggests we might be.
Instructors in Flagler and Volusia counties had mixed reactions to the four-part test, which gauges students' math and language skills. Children in the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program will see it at least twice before they complete the state-funded program.
Superintendent of Education John White has delayed plans to give his recommendations for grading Louisiana's fragmented system of publicly funded prekindergarten and early childhood education programs.
The state recommends requiring a child development associate degree, apprenticeship for child development specialist credential or something similar, [Clayton] Burch said. These parameters mirror the national guidelines proposed by Head Start officials.
We have eight years in the life of every child to help him or her get ready for school, thrive in school, and love reading by the end of 3rd grade. The question is: How serious are we about doing this?
It is not a typical standardized test: There are no groups of 5-year-olds sitting at little round tables, filling in bubbles on answer sheets. But the pilot program, which uses teachers’ observations to gather information on students’ performance, is nonetheless the first step in what could become a statewide assessment of kindergarten students.
At a preschool in Miami, children under 5 are studying the anatomy of pineapples through science, reading stories in smart tables, learning the dimension of shapes and doing garden sales to practice their math, all while juggling with two languages: English and Spanish. Exploration Station preschool is one of the few preschools nationwide to completely implement a STEM focus (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in its curriculum at the end of last year.
Joining a growing chorus, officials of two education groups said Tuesday they want a bigger voice in designing Louisiana’s revamped pre-kindergarten system.
While language skills are indeed crucial elements in a child's academic success, the strongest indicators of long-term success in school and life are social-emotional skills. These skills include self-regulation, task persistence, problem-solving and conflict resolution.
When engaged in what looks like child’s play, preschoolers are actually behaving like scientists, according to a new report in the journal Science: forming hypotheses, running experiments, calculating probabilities and deciphering causal relationships about the world.
One center will be established in each of the following areas: standards and assessment implementation, great teachers and leaders, school turnaround, early learning, college and career readiness, innovations in learning, and building state capacity and productivity.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration wants to shift $20 million in hurricane recovery dollars for hurricanes Gustav and Ike to fill in budget gaps in the state's free preschool program for at-risk students.
A report published in 2008 by Columbia University's National Center for Children in Poverty found that children who missed 10 percent or more of their kindergarten year were the lowest-achieving group in first grade. A 2011 Applied Survey Research study of 600 children in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties found that poor attendance in kindergarten and first grade may erase many of the benefits of preschool, even among those who started kindergarten with strong skills.