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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…

View from the child care trenches: ‘Those of us cleaning the poop are not making it’


November 21, 2018
Cassie Walker Burke

At the end of three hours of briefings Monday on advancing care for Illinois’ tiniest residents, an on-the-ground provider’s 3-minute plea shook awake a gathering of the state’s top early childhood leaders and reminded them why they were there. “We are in a crisis and unable to get help,” said Holtz, who in seven years…

Indiana faces a tight budget in 2019, lawmakers say. Will expanding pre-K be in the cards?


November 20, 2018
Shaina Cavazos

Nearly every time the state prepares to craft a new two-year budget plan, Indiana lawmakers warn it will be difficult to balance different funding priorities. But 2019 could be especially tough, they say, since the bulk of new revenue could already be earmarked to assist children affected by the opioid crisis. Extra resources for preschool…

Training program for early childhood educators to help keep Mi’kmaw language alive


November 20, 2018
Fadila Chater

HALIFAX—The federal and provincial governments are teaming up with a Mi’kmaw advocacy group and the Nova Scotia Community College to create an Indigenous-centred training program for early childhood education. Eskasoni Chief Leroy Denny was joined by Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Zach Churchill on Monday afternoon in Wagmatcook, N.S. to announce the Nova Scotia…

D.C. Looks For Ways To Fund Ambitious Early Childhood Program


November 20, 2018
Rachel M. Cohen

Already a leader in offering universal preschool for three and four-year olds, Washington, D.C. now aims to position itself again at the forefront of early childhood investments. In June, the city council unanimously approved the  Birth-to-Three For All D.C Act , a big ticket bill that Mayor Muriel Bowser then signed into law in September. The legislation  calls for increased investments in…

Idaho trustees may ask lawmakers to create state-funded preschool for your 3-year-old


November 15, 2018
Devin Bodkin

Idaho school trustees plan to vote on using tax dollars to fund school-readiness programs for kids under 4 years old. It’s one of several issues they plan to consider during this year’s Idaho School Boards Association convention at the Boise Centre. The annual three-day conference kicks off Wednesday and features training and networking opportunities for…

Understanding the True Cost of Child Care for Infants and Toddlers


November 15, 2018
Simon Workman and Steven Jessen-Howard

Tumwater, Washington, a small suburb of Olympia in the shadow of Mount Rainer, is home to Janna and Andrew Ryan and their 3-year-old son, Elliott. Janna and Andrew both commute into Olympia each day for their jobs working for the state government. For years, they have struggled to find quality, affordable child care for their…

With pre-K programs, it’s the results that matter


November 15, 2018
Editorial Board

More Maine students have access to pre-kindergarten than ever before. That’s a victory for everyone who believes each child should have the same shot at academic success. But it’s also just a start. There has been strong bipartisan support for universal public pre-K, here and across the United States. The  Maine law  that set the state on…