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Hurry up and wait

November 3, 2002
Bradley Weaver

As lists of parents trying to enroll children in preschool swell, southwestern California county officials try to keep pace

Public pre-K most helps middle class

November 1, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Sonji Jacobs

Standards, funding details still unclear

Head Start rethinks threat to Orange County funds

October 31, 2002
Jenifer B. McKim

An official says some needy kids might not be banned for a study's sake.

Editorial: Pre-K is a good investment for Florida

October 30, 2002 Economics and Finance
Alex Penelas

Florida stands to save between $2 billion and $3 billion per each wave of 4-year-olds served — and that’s a conservative estimate. Steve Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, says the actual savings could be as high as $6 billion.

Head Start plan raises ire

October 30, 2002
Jenifer B. McKim

Organizers of a local Head Start program that serves nearly 400 children learned Tuesday that it may lose its $2 million federal grant for refusing to participate in a national study they say would close the doors on needy students. At issue is the first comprehensive evaluation of Head Start, a 37-year-old federally funded school-readiness…

Low-income kids start school at disadvantage

October 30, 2002
Theresa Harrington

Superintendent says low-income kindergartners rarely recover from not getting to attend preschool

Color Them Enthusiastic: Politicians Embrace Pre-K

October 29, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Leslie Postal

On Election Day, Florida voters will decide whether to make free, “high-quality” pre-kindergarten classes available to all 4-year-old children in the state. It faces no organized opposition, and polls show a large majority of voters plan to vote for it.

Vanderbilt University, Franklin County Schools Part of Landmark Study

October 29, 2002

Vanderbilt University researchers are working with three preschool classrooms in Franklin County as part of a landmark national study that will for the first time help determine which preschool programs work best for which children. The four-year research project is part of the U.S. Department of Education’s efforts to strengthen preschool education, and the study’s…

Fisher, Rendell differ on how Pennsylvania can ace education

October 28, 2002
Christine Gostomski

Candidates focus on class size, preschool.; Election 2002: The Race for Governor

Florida’s Call: Pre-K For All?

October 25, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Ben Feller

On Nov. 5, Floridians can expand the tradition of kindergarten through grade 12, making prekindergarten for 4-year-olds a constitutional requirement. Pre-K would remain optional for families, but by the 2005 school year, the state would be required to offer it to every child who is 4 – an estimated 217,000 youngsters.