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Spending Up, but California Lacks Day Care


July 22, 2002 AccessEconomics and FinanceUniversal and Targeted
Barbara Whitaker

Although spending for child care has nearly quadrupled since 1996 in California, only one in seven parents is able to find a preschool or center-based care in the state, according to a study released Friday. Policy Analysis for California Education, a university-based independent research center, found that despite a $12 billion investment since 1996, which…

A Child Study Is a Peek. It’s Not the Whole Picture


July 21, 2002 Outcomes
Tamar Lewin

Last week, in Child Development, the journal of the Society for Research in Child Development, a group of respected Columbia University researchers reported that children whose mothers worked more than 30 hours a week by the time they were 9 months old got lower scores on school readiness tests at age 3. For all the…

Shortage of Preschools in Southland Grows


July 19, 2002
Pat Berman

The availability of space in quality child-care centers is shrinking in some of California’s major urban areas, as the growing population of children outstrips efforts to increase access, according to a new study by University of California and Stanford researchers. The report focuses on the availability of preschools and child-care centers as opposed to home-based…

All they need to know about kindergarten they learn this summer


July 18, 2002
Stephanie Finucane

They aren’t quite kindergartners, but 65 youngsters in California are getting a crash course in classroom life — learning everything from playground etiquette to how to sit “crisscross applesauce” style during story time. With kindergarten becoming increasingly academic — students are expected to read, write, add and subtract by the end of the year —…

Expert urges S.C. businesses to invest in early child care


July 18, 2002
Pat Berman

Businesses don’t have to throw money at programs to help improve child care in South Carolina, a national expert told business and community leaders Tuesday. They can provide child-care centers with expertise on running businesses, lobby state governments for higher-quality care and sponsor parenting seminars, said Nina Sazer O’Donnell of the New York-based Family and…

Cuomo and McCall Press Education, of the Preschool Variety


July 17, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Jason Begay

Andrew Cuomo focused on preschool children and literacy as he announced an education plan yesterday, echoing the plan released on Sunday by H. Carl McCall, his opponent for the Democratic nomination for New York governor. In their plans, Mr. Cuomo and Mr. McCall each stressed the need for a fully funded, universal prekindergarten program.

Opinion: European preschools should embarrass USA


July 17, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
John Merrow

Virtually every industrialized country in the world provides free, high-quality preschool for children regardless of family income. The United States is the opposite, and we should be embarrassed.

A Battle Over Preschool Education Looms


July 15, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Michael Peltier

Ruling last week on an initiative to provide preschool access to all 4-year-olds, the state’s highest court has left the door open for what could be the most emotionally charged and fiercest fight for the hearts and minds of Florida voters: The education of Florida’s children.

Preschool Provides Preview of the ABCs of Kindergarten


July 15, 2002
By Jenifer Ragland

Children in Ventura County, California are getting their first preschool experience this summer, in a new four-week program offered at eight schools in the Hueneme Elementary School District. Funded with about $50,000 in Proposition 10 tobacco tax money, the program ties into efforts across California to boost the availability of free early childhood education for…

Amendment approved for ballot


July 12, 2002
David Twiddy

High court OKs pre-K wording