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Report: Only one state comes close to having all the elements of a strong pre-K program


November 9, 2018
Linda Jacobson

Dive Brief: More than half of the nation’s state-funded preschool programs operate for only half a day — which often doesn’t meet the needs of working parents — and a majority of states are not readily able to provide information on the quality of their programs, according to a  report released Thursday , which rates programs on meeting…

More California school administrators gain skills as early-childhood leaders


November 9, 2018
Linda Jacobson

This article is part of a  series  about First 5 — a tobacco tax initiative in California passed by voters 20 years ago to fund services for young children, from birth to kindergarten age. The series is supported by a University of Southern California 2018 Center for Health Journalism fellowship. The Cloverdale Unified School District (CUSD)…

DeWine Creates New Position To Lead Children’s Initiatives


November 9, 2018
Andy Chow

Hot off his election night win, Ohio’s Governor-elect Mike DeWine made his first round of staff announcements. That includes the creation of a new position to carry out what DeWine says is among his top priorities. On the campaign trail, Mike DeWine consistently said the health and well-being of Ohio’s children was a primary concern….

Newsom’s cradle-to-career plan for education is ambitious — and expensive


November 8, 2018
Karin Fischer

Newly elected governor Gavin Newsom’s big campaign promises on education could cost billions of dollars if fully realized. The governor-elect has pledged to establish a  cradle-to-career system  of education in California and made it a central tenet of his education platform To improve educational outcomes, the former San Francisco mayor argues that the state needs to begin…

What will education in Tennessee look like under Bill Lee? Here’s what we know


November 8, 2018
Jennifer Pignolet

With the  election of Bill Lee to the governor’s office Tuesday night, Tennessee will likely see a continuation of a majority of his predecessor’s priorities in education. Some areas remain a mystery, including the future of the state’s program for taking schools away from their home districts and turning them over to charter networks to improve. Ideas that Lee endorsed heavily, like vouchers…

Newly Elected Governors Support Expanding Early Childhood Programs


November 8, 2018
Katie Hamm, Cristina Novoa, and Steven Jessen-Howard

While many states are still finalizing the vote counts, it is clear that Americans elected 20 new governors and re-elected 16 incumbent governors last night. Many of these elected leaders ran on a platform of expanding child care and early education programs. This should not come as a surprise: A recent poll of likely voters…

NJ OpEd: More State Funding for Childcare At Last


November 7, 2018
Darrin W. Anderson, Ph.D

The Murphy administration’s recent announcement regarding the expansion of funding for childcare by $38 million is great news for New Jersey and advocates for children in the state. As one of the largest providers of early education, the YMCA provides high-quality affordable childcare for more than 400 school-age childcare sites and offers 90 early education…

She won. But can Gretchen Whitmer deliver on her promise to transform schools as Michigan’s next governor?


November 7, 2018
Koby Levin

Gretchen Whitmer, a former Democratic Senate minority leader who has cast herself as an ally of the Detroit school district, was elected governor of Michigan on Tuesday after promising to boost school funding across the state. After leading Republican Bill Schuette consistently throughout the campaign, Whitmer’s showing was so decisive that it took only about…

Child care available for only 23 percent of Mississippi’s infants and toddlers, report finds


November 6, 2018
Jackie Mader

Mississippi’s child care desert is especially evident for infants and toddlers: There are currently only enough spots at licensed child care centers for about  23 percent of the state’s youngest children . That’s one of the findings of a new report by the Center for American Progress, which analyzed census data and state child care licensing data to determine the extent to…

Poll Finds Georgia Voters Agree On At Least One Issue: Early Education


November 6, 2018
Martha Dalton

There’s at least one issue that’s received bi-partisan support in Georgia leading up to Tuesday’s election: early education.  A recent poll  from the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) shows –regardless of party — voters generally support the use of public money to support education for young children. The poll surveyed 600 likely voters who identified…