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Funding Boost for Head Start Backed

October 30, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Michael Dobbs

Senate Panel Passes Bill That Would Preserve Direct Federal Assistance

Tulsa Public Schools’ early childhood education program gets high marks

October 30, 2003 OutcomesState & Local

Researchers reported Tulsa’s pre-K program is improving school readiness for 4-year-olds. They say kindergarteners who attended the pre-K program are more prepared for school than those who did not.

Urban preschool programs succeeding, more needed

October 30, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Diane D'Amico

Giving preschoolers early learning skills was the goal behind the state Supreme Court ruling in the Abbott vs. Burke case that required 30 urban school districts, including Pleasantville, Vineland, Millville and Bridgeton, to offer free preschool. But a core number of children, often those most in need of early learning skills, still are not being…

City Schools Report Progress On Hiring Certified Teachers

October 29, 2003 Workforce
Catherine Gewertz

With the ticking clock of the federal No Child Left Behind Act in their ears, urban school leaders are hiring thousands of fully certified teachers. New hiring tactics and a weak economy have allowed big-city districts to decrease their reliance on uncertified educators.

Montessori school touted as success

October 29, 2003
Angela Simoneaux

The school has 450 four-year-olds on campus and every teacher on campus is certified.

Now, Standardized Achievement Tests in Head Start

October 29, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Sara Rimer

Federal officials say the test will improve the quality of Head Start, the 38-year-old program intended to prepare poor children for kindergarten. But many of the country’s leading education experts, and Head Start providers and teachers, say the test could harm the children as well as Head Start, which is widely regarded as one of…

$5.8 Million Federal Grant to Develop First Integrated Head Start Curriculum for Urban Preschoolers

October 28, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local

Researchers at [the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education] GSE plan to develop a first-ever integrated curriculum for preschoolers in Head Start classrooms across the country–encompassing literacy, numeracy and both school and social readiness skills. Funded with a $5.8 million federal grant over five years, this project will be the first effort U.S. educators…

Bills split on Head Start control

October 28, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Cheryl Wetzstein

A Senate Republican proposal for Head Start tightens oversight of the federal preschool program but doesn’t allow any states full control over it, according to an outline of the plan circulated late last week. The House bill would allow up to eight states to apply for control of their Head Start programs in order to…

Opinion: Preschool ed is expensive, ineffective

October 28, 2003 AccessAssessmentOutcomesState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Dr. Karen R. Effrem

These programs are very expensive and do not work. The state of Georgia found that despite universal preschool for 4-year-olds, there were no differences in standardized test scores between children receiving preschool and those who did not and no changes in scores since before implementation.

‘Invest in kids’ taken literally

October 24, 2003 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
Maja Beckstrom

Economists say money put toward early-childhood programs offers great returns and may be the best form of economic development out there.