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Editorial: Pre-k, Head Start should be sharing, not competing

July 29, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Even Head Start’s most ardent supporters concede that the educational component of the federal early childhood program needs strengthening. In Georgia, the most efficient and effective way to do that would be merging Head Start with the state’s pre-kindergarten.

Camps introduce children to school

July 28, 2003
Susan Snyder

With more and more children already exposed to classroomlike settings through preschool and day care, the Philadelphia School District has decided that there is a need to acclimate those entering kindergarten without such experience. The district has started a six-week program this summer, called Pre-Kindercamp, for children who have had little or no preschool experience….

Editorial: School supplies

July 28, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce

As the Bush administration’s embattled plans for Head Start reform move to the Senate, this much remains largely undisputed: Hiring better-trained teachers and encouraging staff to pursue higher degrees should benefit the program’s more than 900,000 preschool children. That’s the way to ensure that the building blocks of literacy and math are taught using up-to-date…

Kentucky exempt from plan to let some states take over Head Start

July 27, 2003
Nancy C. Rodriguez

Kentucky was among at least eight states that likely would have qualified to conduct pilot programs allowing them to take over the federal program and merge it with their preschool and child-care initiatives.

Preschool cutbacks bring a stern caution

July 27, 2003 Economics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & Local
John McElhenny

Eliminating funds called shortsighted

Head Start Overhaul Heads to Senate

July 25, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
The Associated Press

Bill to Overhaul Head Start Program Going to Senate After Gaining House Approval

Summertime: Is the Living Too Easy?

July 25, 2003
Jane Quinn

Research indicates that all young people experience significant learning losses during the summer break from school, and that the magnitude of these declines varies by grade level, subject matter and family income. For example, low-income children show greater academic declines than do their more affluent peers.

Coffee capital eyes tax on ‘designer drinks’

July 24, 2003 Economics and Finance
Dean Paton

A ballot measure will test whether Seattlites will accept a 10-cent tax on coffee to fund early childhood education.

Court allows N.J. to freeze Abbott funds

July 24, 2003
Melanie Burney and Angela Couloumbis

The neediest districts will need to trim their budgets.

Head Start: finding the learning curve

July 24, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce
Wendy Y. Lawton

Rhetoric on both sides is overblown, says Steve Barnett, head of the National Institute for Early Education Research, a nonpartisan think tank at Rutgers University. Head Start teachers should be better-qualified, he said, but also should be paid more.