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New Report on Public Pre-K Programs Highlights Which States are Investing in Their Young Children

April 17, 2019

More children are attending state-funded pre-K programs across the US but state funding is failing to keep pace, resulting in low compensation for pre-K teachers that too often undermines classroom quality, according to a new report from the National Institute for Early Education Research. The State of Preschool 2018 report, based on 2017-18 academic year data, finds just a third…

North Carolina ranks middle of the road in preschool access, quality compared to other states

April 17, 2019
Liz Bell

The quality of North Carolina’s state-funded preschool, NC Pre-K, ranked in the middle of the pack when compared with other states in a  new report by the National Institute for Early Education Research  (NIEER), housed within Rutgers University. Officially released today, the annual yearbook looks at states’ public preschool programs — how much states spend per child and the reach and quality of those programs….

Head Start Program Offers Low-Income Children a Chance to Thrive

April 10, 2019

After years of struggling, the federal program preparing low-income children for kindergarten is now a success. Click link below to watch. See our State(s) of Head Start report .  

AL Pre-K waiting lists likely to continue

April 8, 2019
Drew Taylor

Despite signs that the budget for Alabama’s pre-kindergarten program will receive a funding increase in the millions of dollars, only so much of that will be able to shorten the waiting lists full of students in the city of Tuscaloosa and Tuscaloosa County. In addition to an enlarged budget for the Alabama State Department of…

Group calls for bipartisan solution for increased access to quality child care

April 8, 2019

WASHINGTON DC — There’s growing bipartisan concern in Washington, D.C. that working families have a hard time finding affordable and quality child care. Barry Ford, the president and CEO of Council for a Strong America, said, “It’s a crisis in this country.” Ford’s nonpartisan organization released a study that shows lack of child care is costing the…

Fighting for Mississippi’s struggling 5-year-olds, one student at a time

April 2, 2019
Bracey Harris

VAUGHAN, Miss. — When Antroine Anderson started kindergarten in this close-knit rural town last August, he knew just three words by sight. He mistook H for G, confused L and I and identified M as F. Accustomed to being called AJ by his family, Antroine didn’t recognize his name in print. His mother, Janice Barton,…

NYC Pre-K Teachers Weigh Strike As Pay Disparity Persists

April 2, 2019
Jessica Gould

At a recent rally on the steps of City Hall, teachers, parents and preschoolers held signs saying “Equal Pay for Equal Work.” The teachers said the problem came down to simple math. As the city expands free pre-school programs to three-year-olds, it’s depending on teachers from the Department of Education as well as those at…

Florida School leader pushes for better preschool preparation

April 2, 2019
Marlene Sokol

TAMPA — As superintendent of the Hillsborough County Public Schools, Jeff Eakins concerns himself with how students progress from kindergarten through graduation. But their success rests heavily on what happens earlier. So Eakins ventured into the world of preschool Saturday morning, telling a group of providers at a routine meeting at Hillsborough Community College: “I’m…

The 50 States of Education Policy: A breakdown of governors’ State of the State addresses

March 31, 2019
Jessica Campisi

This latest column focuses on some of the key takeaways from what’s happened in state legislatures during the past month. Previous installments of The 50 States of Education Policy, along with an interactive map that breaks down policies in each state, can be found  here . By the end of March, 48 of 50 governors will…

Early Learning Is the Best Way to Close the Achievement Gap. 5 Reasons Districts Prefer to Play Catch-Up Instead

March 27, 2019
Elliot Regenstein

ere’s the dirty little secret of how school districts go about improving outcomes: Precious few of them are working on the strategy most likely to bring dramatic progress. Why? Because a combination of policy and cultural impediments inhibits them from doing so. With a new wave of governors, state superintendents and legislators being installed in…