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Strong evidence shows high-quality preschool works, as Australia Launches into Learning


August 30, 2019

Research released recently by the US Learning Policy Institute (LPI) has added to the body of evidence demonstrating the value of high-quality early years education in the year before school, as the Australian early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector calls for bipartisan support for two years of funded early learning ahead of the Federal election through the Launch into Learning campaign. Using the Untangling the Evidence on Preschool Effectiveness: Insights for Policymakers report as evidence, the LPI said…

Youth Village Expanding To Meet The Needs Of Youth


August 28, 2019

The Youth Village after-school program started 20 years ago in a spare room of a Niceville church with just five kids. “That was including my daughter,” said Youth Village Founder Nellie Bogar. Read more.

Kansas Sees A Path To Prosperity By Getting More Kids Into Child Care And Preschool


August 26, 2019

Preschool was a logistical boon for Delice Downing and an educational bonanza for her son, Adrian. The head volleyball coach and director of student life at Coffeyville Community College had ruled out day care when she heard the price: several hundred dollars a week. Then Adrian reached preschool age. Coffeyville offers something most Kansas communities…

Montana is back among states without state-funded preschool


August 24, 2019

Montana enters the upcoming school year back among the handful of states without publicly funded preschool, and the unions and education groups that are otherwise staunch allies of Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock are a big reason why his fledgling pre-kindergarten program fizzled. The state briefly broke from those ranks with a 2017 budget item that…

Chalkbeat: Mayor de Blasio touts higher test scores for NYC students in universal pre-K


August 22, 2019

Five years after launching the nation’s largest expansion of pre-kindergarten, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio can now boast about test score benefits for children who participated. Students who attended Pre-K for All programs in the 2014-15 school year outperformed their peers who were not on this year’s New York state exams, according to…

Preparing your child for preschool


August 22, 2019

In preschool, children learn best through play. Preschool teachers know that play dough and clay, building tall towers and pretending to be the bus driver are all activities that prepare young learners for what comes next. Read more.

$3.2 million awarded to STEPS


August 22, 2019

Southside Training, Employment and Placement Services Inc. (STEPS) is set to receive a federal grant totaling $3.2 million for its Head Start programs, according to an announcement Aug. 12. Read more.

Learning and growing: Lincoln’s Early Childhood Program impacts child development


August 22, 2019

STANFORD — It’s a given that there is a need for young children to have high quality environments that support and promote their optimal development — and that requires much more than being watched, fed and kept safe. Read more.

Sacramento Bee: ‘Not broke enough:’ How surging child care costs are hurting Sacramento families


August 22, 2019

  Single mom Racquel A. Payton has a master’s degree and earns $50,000 a year teaching preschool for Sacramento City Unified. She talks about her struggle to pay for her son’s childcare on Tuesday Aug. 20, 2019. Single mom Racquel A. Payton earns $50,000 a year as a preschool teacher at Sacramento City Unified, but…

D.C. Spends More Per Child on Preschool than Any U.S. City


August 21, 2019

The District has the highest share of 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled in pre-kindergarten, pre-kindergarten special education and Head Start of any city in the country. Further, no other city in the nation spends more per child enrolled in preschool than the District of Columbia, according to a new study released by District-based financial website WalletHub….