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The difference a year makes: building New York City’s pre-K for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds


November 29, 2018
Christina Veiga

With a classroom full of squirming 3-year-olds, Kristal Torres at P.S. 277 in the Bronx keeps morning routines short. On a recent fall day, her class started out seated on a rug and singing a welcome tune that called children by name. But within five minutes, they were up and jumping to an upbeat version…

Newsom likely to focus on preschools


November 28, 2018
Tom Elias

Looking for a big difference between incoming Gov. Gavin Newsom and current Gov. Jerry Brown, who will be termed out after 24 years in statewide office? Look no further than preschool. The need for better, more universal preschool was a constant theme for the two years Newsom spent campaigning for the office he has long coveted. “This…

Head of Early-Ed Research Group: Field Beset by ‘Wishful Thinking About Money’


November 27, 2018
Marva Hinton

In January, new leaders will be taking the helm at the federal, state, and local level. We recently talked to W. Steven Barnett, the senior co-director of the  National Institute for Early Education Research, or NIEER,  at Rutgers University, about what he hopes this will mean for policies concerning early learning. Below is a lightly edited version of our phone interview: 1. As…

Learning from New Jersey


November 27, 2018
Stacy Lee

This past October, I had the privilege of participating in a 3-day site visit supported by the Alliance for Early Success in partnership with Advocates for Children of New Jersey. The focus of the visit was to share the story and lessons learned first from New Jersey’s implementation of a court order requiring expansion of…

The number of public school students could fall by more than 8% in a decade


November 27, 2018
Jill Barshay

What does the declining birthrate mean for elementary, middle and high schools across the country? According to one set of projections, it could mean 8.5 percent fewer public school students a decade from now. “If it does come true, we’re going to see massive changes,” said Mike Griffith, a school finance specialist at the Education…

Opinion: Mississippi must boost kindergarten readiness


November 26, 2018

Earlier this month, the Mississippi Department of Education released the results of a kindergarten readiness test taken by students across the state at the beginning of the school year. The test was implemented by state Superintendent of Education Carey Wright after taking leadership of the state’s schools. It is designed to measure the effectiveness of…

Toledo is looking to model an education program after what’s happening in Dayton


November 26, 2018
Kaitlin Schroeder

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Robyn Lightcap, executive director of Dayton’s Preschool Promise, recently presented to Toledo leaders on the city’s strategy to create a program to give all 4-year-olds in the city access to preschool. Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz campaigned in 2017 with a platform that included figuring out how to offer universal pre-kindergarten…

Filmmaker Rob Reiner reflects on role as advocate for young children


November 26, 2018
Linda Jacobson

Twenty years ago, filmmaker Rob Reiner sponsored a successful ballot measure that created First 5, a tax on tobacco products to fund services for California children from birth to school-age. The initiative — detailed extensively in Education Dive: K-12’s  recent series  — created a statewide commission and 58 local county commissions to make decisions about how to…

Court rules city can’t regulate pre-K at charter schools


November 21, 2018
Carl Campanile

The state’s highest court on Tuesday struck down as illegal a New York City edict to regulate pre-kindergarten programs operated by charter schools. The decision is a victory for Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy Charter Schools, which sought to open pre-K programs at its schools. As a condition of releasing state funding to operate pre-K programs,…

Alabama’s pre-kindergarten rated tops for ‘essential elements’


November 21, 2018
Mike Cason

A research program based at Rutgers University is publicizing another report showing Alabama’s pre-kindergarten ranks at the top among state-funded programs in certain measurements for quality. The National Institute for Early Education Research  analysis, dated in July but released this month, says Alabama’s First Class pre-k program has 14 of 15 of what researchers determined were “essential elements” for quality, more than…