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Multi-year funding for child care expected in Canadian federal budget

March 17, 2017
Laurie Monsebraaten

Multi-year funding for child care will be part of next week’s federal budget, according to advocates who say they have been told to expect a long-term financial commitment to the long-promised national program. But they are concerned the money won’t increase over time, which would make it difficult to grow a system that currently serves…

City expands Seattle Preschool Program, hopes to enroll 1,000 this fall

March 17, 2017
Joel Connelly

Seattle is expanding its universal preschool pilot program, with plans to serve more than 1,000 3- and 4-year old students, up from the current 600 enrolled in a program approved by voters in 2014. The city will add 20 new classrooms for the 2017-18 school year, bringing the total to 53. The new programs are…

New program to help aspiring early educators focus on high-needs students

March 16, 2017
Ashley Hopkinson

Los Angeles Universal Preschool, also known as LAUP, launched a new certificate program this month for aspiring early education teachers and others who work with preschoolers that is focused on helping children with disabilities and emotional and behavior challenges. The LAUP Research and Evaluation division found, after five years of surveying early educators in Los Angeles…

IN Senate Committee Slashes House PreK Funding Bill, Nixes Voucher Link

March 16, 2017
Eric Weddle

A Senate Committee slashed funding Wednesday from a House bill that sought to double the state’s preschool pilot program. Senate lawmakers wasted little time amending House Bill 1004 to mirror their own version of legislation to expand state-funded preschool and offer additional funding to other early learning initiatives. The amendment cuts the proposed increase for the On My Way Pre-K program…

Why do Idaho, five other states spend nothing on preschool? Political and family culture

March 16, 2017
Lillian Mongeau

In 1864, the tiny town of Idaho City was the biggest American settlement in the state. Now, with the gold rush long over, the logging industry nearly collapsed and few good jobs left in the area, the local K-12 school graduates fewer than 35 students a year. Nevertheless, since 1999, every 4-year-old in town has…

Pittsburgh Council approves task force to look into affordable preschool

March 15, 2017
Adam Smeltz

As early as December, Pittsburgh could have a blueprint for broadening access to pre-kindergarten programs. City Council voted 9-0 Tuesday to create an early childhood task force charged with fostering an affordable preschool plan. Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak said she would like the effort to finish by year’s end. “Right now, we don’t have enough high-quality…

Excelligence Learning Corporation Acquires ChildCare Education Institute

March 15, 2017

Excelligence Learning Corporation, a leading provider of educational tools and solutions to early childhood and elementary school teachers and parents, has acquired ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI). CCEI, headquartered in Duluth, Ga., is a leading provider of online professional development and data systems for the early child care and education market. CCEI represents a key addition…

Push to Expand Public Preschool Likely to be Part of the Budget Battle

March 15, 2017
John Mooney

As the state Legislature’s budget deliberations start up again this week, one topic that is sure to get a lot of attention — including on the airwaves — is whether New Jersey is to ready and willing to expand access to public preschool anytime soon. It’s become a perennial point of debate, as advocates have…

Outrage over ESSA outreach

March 14, 2017
Michael Stratford

The nation’s governors say they’re “concerned” the Trump administration’s new guide for crafting state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act doesn’t prioritize outreach to a variety of groups and individuals, like civil rights advocates, parents and state lawmakers. That kind of activity is a “core requirement” of the law, the National Governors Association said…

Better Compensation: A Necessary Component for a Strong Head Start Workforce

March 14, 2017
Abbie Lieberman

Talk to child care center directors around the country and you will often hear a story that goes something like this: The center had a fabulous teacher who was passionate about working with young children and had a natural connection with them. The center director supported this teacher as she earned her bachelor’s degree, taking…