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Quality Preschools Set Kids Up For Success. The Trump Administration Wants to Gut Their Funding.

April 18, 2018
Kiera Butler

The number of American children enrolled in publicly funded preschools is growing—but states are spending less per child than they were 15 years ago, and the Trump Administration hopes to slash federal funding aimed at getting more disadvantaged kids into preschool. That’s a big problem, say the authors of a new Rutgers University  report . Abundant…

Colorado’s state preschool program doesn’t serve English learners well, report finds

April 18, 2018
Ann Schimke

Colorado’s public preschool program fails to meet most targets for effectively serving young English learners, according to a new state-by-state report released today. Besides having just two of nine recommended policies in place for serving such youngsters, Colorado also doesn’t know how many of the 22,000 preschoolers in its state-funded slots speak a home language…

More Children Enrolled in Pre-K, But Few States Meet All Benchmarks, Report Says

April 18, 2018
Marva Hinton

More young children are enrolled in state-funded early-childhood education programs across the country, the National Institute for Early Education Research says in its latest annual report, but only Alabama, Michigan, and Rhode Island meet all of the organization’s new benchmarks for quality. This year’s “State of Preschool Yearbook,” which covers the 2016-17 school year, focuses…

‘Millions missing out’: aid fails to make the grade on early years education

April 17, 2018
Rebecca Ratcliffe

Just 1% of international aid dedicated to young children’s development is being targeted on pre-school education, according to a report that warns spending is imbalanced and short-sighted. While global funding for early childhood development has grown in recent years, almost all of this investment – 95% – has been channelled towards health and nutrition initiatives….

Study: Preschool, day care not asthma triggers

April 17, 2018

Breathe easy, Mom and Dad. Sending your young children to preschool or day care probably won’t increase their risk of developing asthma. In fact, researchers report, it may help protect your kids against the respiratory disease. Investigators at the University of California, San Francisco based that conclusion on an analysis of 32 studies published between…

Montana partners with private providers in trial run of publicly funded preschool

April 17, 2018
Matt Hoffman

Kountry Kare sticks out along Highway 312, where the suburbs of Billings give way to ranches. There’s clearly demand in the area for child care; two other providers dot the road to nearby Shepherd High School. The private child care facility has rated in Montana’s preschool quality ranking system for years. But it’s now one…

Rating Program Quality for Dual Language Learners in Early Ed

April 16, 2018
Janie T. Carnock

In addition to tracking the enrollment of DLLs in public early care and education (ECE)—as explored in the  previous blog  of this series—state leaders should also collect data on the quality of ECE programs serving DLLs. Indeed, it is not enough to increase DLL access to ECE generally; DLLs need access to high-quality services in order to…

Overcoming barriers to Indiana’s Pre-K program

April 16, 2018
Joseph Dits

Indiana’s pre-kindergarten program rolls out in full force in the fall, and local organizers are trying to fill the slots now — limited as they are — with families who face the same pinch as Alexandria Warren. The single mom liked the Elkhart preschool that her daughter, Zariah, was attending. She said the girl, now…

When Children Grow Up Poor, the Nation Pays a Price

April 16, 2018
Mark R. Rank

ST. LOUIS — This past week,  President Trump  and  House Republicans took initial steps to cut back the social safety net. Both have argued that such spending is counterproductive and wasteful, and that eligibility must be tightened for programs including food stamps and Medicaid. Mr. Trump and House Republicans have also asserted that welfare benefits are far too generous,…

Welcome to Life in America’s Child Care Deserts

April 13, 2018
Jennifer Oldham

Record-breaking waiting lists for child care nationwide are forcing families in some locations to plan a baby’s arrival around when a day care center in their area expects an opening. Working parents from Berkeley, California, to Illinois to New York report calling scores of providers in vain. The shortage is so acute that child care…