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North Carolina Study Links Pre-K to Middle School Achievement


February 12, 2019
Elise Franchino

Early education is at the forefront of several newly elected  governors’  priorities. The most notable proposed investment in pre-K comes from Gavin Newsom, who would allocate $1.8 billion to expand access, with the goal of setting up a universal pre-K program. Not all pre-K programming is created equal, and governors need to be aware of which  types of programs

Indiana leaves $6M in state funds on table after slow pre-K signup


February 11, 2019
Stephanie Wang

Indiana expects to leave about $6 million in state funding for pre-kindergarten untouched this year due to a slower-than-hoped expansion, according to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. With last year’s pre-K  expansion into 15 new counties , the state estimated it could serve about 4,000 children from low-income families. So far, only about 3,000 have signed up, which…

NYC launched dual language programs in Pre-K across borough


February 11, 2019
Bill Parry

The city is launching new dual-language pre-Kindergarten programs this fall at 26 locations around Queens. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said the new programming will include the city’s first French, Haitian-Creole, Hebrew and Japanese pre-K. “Building the fairest big city in America starts in every classroom. We believe every child deserves…

Army secretary: ‘I want to put dollars’ into child care for families


February 8, 2019
Karen Jowers

Soldiers’ challenges in  finding good child care  may be one of the biggest issues that Army Secretary Mark Esper hears about when he visits installations, so he’s tackling that issue with dollars and policies, he said. “Child care is very important, so I want to put dollars there and I want to make sure we get the policies right,”…

Only a fraction of California children eligible receive subsidized child care


February 8, 2019
Zaidee Stavely

s Gov. Gavin Newsom pushes to expand subsidized childcare in California, a new report indicates that the state still has a long way to go to reach a substantial share of its neediest children. Only 1 in 9 children eligible for subsidized childcare and preschool programs in California were enrolled in a program that provided…

Among Regional Foundations, Early Childhood Commands Growing Attention


February 8, 2019
Alyssa Ochs

A growing number of foundations and major donors have been giving attention in recent years to the very youngest children. This trend is driven by several factors, including new research on brain development and the importance of early learning; a sense that there are more opportunities to have impact in this area compared to K-12…

Why Rahm Emanuel’s rollout of universal pre-K has Chicago preschool providers worried


February 7, 2019
Cassie Walker Burke

El Valor runs the second-largest network of early childhood education centers in Chicago, after the public school system itself. Until this fall, several of its centers on the city’s South and Southwest sides had long waitlists. Then Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Chicago would embrace universal education for 4-year-olds. As schools opened classrooms across the…

What we can learn from Canada’s universal child care model


February 6, 2019

On a chilly, Friday morning at New Horizon Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota, a roomful of toddlers learns how to count and spell. For the spelling lesson, the teacher has given each child a dollop of shaving cream to dip their fingers in and “write” out words on the table. One girl proudly shows off the word,…

Online kindergarten prep programs gaining popularity despite expert concerns


February 6, 2019
Kumasi Aaron

Every day for the past several months, twins Hyrum and Ari Mortenson spent time preparing for kindergarten through an online program. The children’s mother, Lauren Mortenson, signed her twins in the online program Upstart, rather than enrolling them in a tradition pre-kindergarten program. “It engaged them in a different way than just sitting placidly and…

Online Preschool Concerns


February 6, 2019

Tucson adopts new online preschool program; parents like flexibility but concerns about quality exist, as explained by NIEER Founder and Senior Co-Director Steven Barnett.