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Western Illinois Head Start program receives $2.6M


August 20, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A western Illinois early education program will receive $2.6 million in federal funding. The grant for West Central Community Services was announced Monday. The money will benefit the agency’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Knox, Warren and Henderson counties. Read more.

Indiana Department of Education Announces Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals and Milk Programs


August 16, 2019

The Indiana Department of Education today announced income eligibility guidelines, including household size, for the free and reduced-price school meals and milk programs. The National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and Special Milk programs were created to support students unable to pay the full price for meals or milk.    

Expanding Head Start is building school readines


August 16, 2019

MANKATO — Free full-day Head Start preschool classes are being offered for the first time in Mankato this fall. There are still openings for the new classes and in other Head Start opportunities in Mankato and St. Peter. Head Start is a federally and state funded school readiness program for children ages 5 and younger….

Michael Bennet would rather have free preschool than free college, he tells Soapbox crowd


August 12, 2019
Austin Cannon

Speaking to hundreds of potential Democratic caucusgoers during the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado used some of his time to talk about the presidential candidate who would take the stage next. Bennet, responding to questions from the crowd at the  Des Moines Register Political Soapbox , said he doesn’t believe in completely eliminating college…

Starting from behind: Montana’s students face academic challenges from the start


August 12, 2019
Cameron Evans

Students entering the Montana University System are already behind, with only 33% achieving the required minimum ACT score of 22, according to state data from the 2017–2018 school year. But the achievement gap for students starts at an early age in Montana — one of fewer than 10 states without a permanent publicly funded preschool program — despite data that…

Child care providers push California to boost pay for early education teachers


August 9, 2019
Zaldee Stavely

When a preschool teacher at a San Mateo center began to struggle to interact with children, supervisors became concerned. The reason for the teacher’s drop in performance? She was hungry. “Our teachers are having to make choices between rent and food and getting to work,” said Heather Cleary, CEO at Peninsula Family Service, which runs…

California Governor Highlights Investments in Early Childhood, Including Child Care and Preschool


August 9, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom highlighted on Thursday his historic investment in early childhood education of over $2 billion in this year’s budget, and his Gavin Newsom official photocommitment to creating and implementing a master plan for early education to ensure that all children in California have the critical foundation they need for healthy development and learning…

Study: Preschoolers With TV In Bedroom More Likely To Have Weight Problems, Poor Social Skills


August 9, 2019
John Anderer

Young children, specifically around the ages of four or five, can be a handful to say the least. Preschool aged children are full of energy and curiosity, which often leads to bewildered parents placing their kids in front of the TV so they can take a much needed break. It may be tempting for parents…

Kicking kids out of preschool is damaging, experts say. So why is it still happening?


August 5, 2019
Erin Einhorn

In Houston, Emma Tsai’s rambunctious 3-year-old son was kicked out of four preschools near his home – including one that expelled him after just a few hours for jumping around and ignoring safety precautions. In New York City, Debra Sinclair said she felt lost and alone when a few incidents of kicking and biting got…

NYC union members approve a contract deal that includes massive raises for some pre-K teachers


August 5, 2019
Christina Veiga

Some preschool teachers will see their pay increase by as much as $20,000 after union members voted Thursday night to approve a labor agreement that has  been touted as historic . The deal with District Council 1707’s Local 205 significantly boosts salaries for about 300 teachers who work in publicly funded but independently run programs, bringing them on-par with…