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Survey Finds Majority of K-3 Teachers Feel Unity With Preschool Educators

May 18, 2018
Marva Hinton

Sometimes there seems to be a disconnect between educators who work with children prior to elementary school and those who teach in the early grades, but new survey results find a strong connection between the two groups. The  National Association for the Education of Young Children, or NAEYC , recently released  results from a survey of more than 530 current or recent K-3 teachers . The group also conducted online, in-depth qualitative interviews with 14 K-3 teachers. On…

$26M grant to erase Arkansas child-care voucher list

May 18, 2018
Jeanie Roberts

The list of more than 2,000 low-income children waiting for child-care vouchers will be wiped out with a new $26 million federal grant, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday. The new federal Child Care Development Fund block grant will pay for 3,800 more child-care voucher slots. Because of funding constraints, 2,056 eligible children were waiting for…

Child Care Is Corporate America’s Business

May 17, 2018
Jennifer Oldham

The nonprofit arm of the world’s largest business federation is sounding a stern warning: The skills gap feeding an unprecedented labor shortage will only worsen if companies don’t directly provide child care solutions. The need to educate the next generation of employees is growing exponentially as more parents enter the workforce, the U.S. Chamber of…

The U.S. spends less on children than almost any other developed nation

May 17, 2018
Jeff Stein

The federal government now spends less than it did about 30 years ago on some of the country’s poorest children, the result of cuts to federal welfare programs, according to a  new research paper . In 1990, the government spent about $8,700 on every child whose family took in no income from work. By 2015, accounting for inflation, it spent less…

OP-ED: Expand New Jersey’s Pre-K to Strengthen National Security

May 17, 2018
Steven Hashem and Douglas Satterfield

As U.S. Army generals, it was our job to look over the horizon to determine future challenges and threats to our national security. As we look over the horizon today, we believe one of the biggest challenges for our nation is that so many young Americans are simply not qualified for military service. Nearly 70…

More states expanding preschool programs but quality still lags

May 16, 2018
Ashley Hopkinson

California has increased the number of 3-year-olds enrolled in state-funded preschool programs over the last 10 years, but needs to improve preschool quality, including teacher qualifications, professional development and class size. Those are among the findings in  The State of Preschool 2017 report , by the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University. The report, released last month, tracks program quality, state…

New Mexico’s investment in Pre-K education growing

May 15, 2018

A record high $33.6 million was invested this year in pre-kindergarten programs across New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez announced. That’s five times the amount funded when she took office. The governor also announced that 11 school districts will have Pre-K programs for the first time. “It’s so important that our youngest students have access to early…

Arizona Preschool Program Meets Only 27% Of Quality Standards

May 14, 2018
Claire Caulfield

Only 4 percent of Arizona 4-year-olds are enrolled in state-funded pre-kindergarten programs, compared to the national average of 33 percent. The  National Institute for Early Education Research  analyzed preschool programs in all 50 states, and found  Arizona  was one of nine states that met less than half of the quality benchmarks. “Most of the country has moved ahead, Arizona has made no…

Dual Language Learner Data Gaps: Takeaways for State Policy Leaders

May 14, 2018
Janie T. Carnock

Across a variety of domains, states need better data to more equitably serve dual language learners (DLLs) in early care and education (ECE). When leaders cannot access high-quality, complete information about these children, they will struggle to make policy decisions and investments in ECE in strategic, effective ways. To foster better insights in supporting policy-making…

Corporal Punishment and Preschoolers: What New Federal Data Show

May 14, 2018
Christina Samuels and Alex Harwin

A new trove of federal civil rights data has, for the first time, captured a snapshot of the controversial practice of corporal punishment of preschoolers in the nation’s public schools. Nineteen states permit corporal punishment, and the federal Civil Rights Data Collection has for some time collected information on how often K-12 students are spanked,…