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Foundation for Success: Tulsa’s Universal Pre-K Benefits Participants Eight Years Later


January 30, 2018
Anisha Ford

Oklahoma’s universal pre-K program had an unusual beginning. Almost 20 years after it was surreptitiously  slipped into a 1998 bill  as an amendment, it has become a prominent example of the potential of public early education programs. It is also being measured by the first long-term  study  on universal, school-based pre-K, conducted in Tulsa by researchers from Georgetown University. Recent results…

Early childhood education may be key to solving economic woes


January 29, 2018
Sara Solovitch

Over the last two decades, New Mexico has turned its pockets inside out to keep old businesses from leaving and attract new ones to open their doors. It cut the capital gains tax, letting corporate interests retain more of their profits. It slashed the personal income tax for top earners by almost half, allowing the…

A powerful convergence: Community schools and early childhood education


January 29, 2018
David Jacobsen

In many cities and towns across the United States, elementary schools are forging deeper partnerships with families and community organizations well before children arrive at kindergarten. The aim of this work is to improve children’s experiences and family engagement and support along the entire continuum from prenatal care through grade 3 and beyond. This potent…

Charter Schools, Pre-K, and the Question of Coordination, Part I


January 29, 2018
Douglas Harris

…The latest study from ERA-New Orleans, authored by Lindsay Bell Weixler, Alica Gerry, and myself, offers insight into another struggle associated with a lack of central coordination:  the provision of pre-K in New Orleans as the charter sector grew . Offering pre-K is optional for school districts outside a handful of states with universal pre-K laws. Pre-K is widely accepted as a proven strategy to support working…

New Jersey Senate considering bill requiring full-day kindergarten


January 26, 2018
Claire Lowe

TRENTON — A new bill to require school districts to provide full-day kindergarten cleared the state Senate Education Committee on Thursday and now heads to the Senate Budget Committee for a vote. New Jersey is one of five states that do not require districts to offer any kindergarten. It is also one of 35 states…

The Regional Funders Backing Early Childhood Learning—With a Twist


January 26, 2018
Caitlin Reilly

Early childhood learning is becoming more popular among funders as research emerges pointing to the importance of the early years of a child’s life in overall development and long-term success. While the field is growing in prominence, most money centers on programs that focus on school-aged children in a handful of urban areas. A coalition of…

Early Head Start partners with local child care providers to serve more infants, toddlers in Los Angeles County


January 26, 2018
Ashley Hopkinson

In Los Angeles County, with a chronic shortage of affordable child care, some families who have struggled most to find nearby low-cost care may soon find some relief. The federal Early Head Start program, for children under 3 years old, is providing $3 million to expand child care in “high needs zip codes” in Los Angeles County….

Early childhood education needs aren’t being met in several Grand Rapids neighborhoods


January 25, 2018
Bryce Huffman

The need for subsidized and Head Start care isn’t being met in Grand Rapids. That’s according to a recent study by the Chicago-based non-profit IFF. The study of 2016 data found the need for subsidized and Head Start care isn’t being met in Grand Rapids. The study also found most of that need, roughly 72%,…

Head Start program gets kids ready for scholarship


January 25, 2018
Grant Crawford

Ki Bois Community Action Foundation has a program in place to help underserved children become ready for the first day of school. A comprehensive child development program, Head Start provides education, nutrition, health and social services to income-eligible preschool children and their families. However, employees of Head Start recently received a mass email Wednesday, giving…

Proposal to require preschool at age 3 in Nebraska draws sharp criticism


January 24, 2018
Chris Dunker

Lowering the state’s minimum preschool age from 5 years to 3 years would expand education opportunities and create better long-term outcomes for Nebraska students, supporters of the plan told lawmakers Tuesday. Sen. Rick Kolowski’s plan (LR270A) to amend the state constitution this November could expand access to early childhood education to roughly 42,000 more children —…