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Opinion: Preschool is a no-brainer — it’s smart for everyone


September 4, 2002 Outcomes
Myriam Marquez

The Florida pre-K amendment is not only smart politics — it’s educationally sound. Every major study has shown that children who receive quality preschool do better in later grades than their peers who didn’t get exposed to learning the alphabet or solving basic addition problems and the like.

The Quality and Qualities of Educational Research


September 4, 2002
Howard Gardner

Experts concur that American educational research is deficient. [A] solution seems clear: Educational research ought to take its model from medical research— specifically, the vaunted National Institutes of Health model.

Goal: preschool for every kid


September 3, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Nancy Moffett

Chicago’s mayor wants to lead the nation’s cities by ensuring that every Chicago 3- and 4-year-old, regardless of family finances, gets the chance to go to preschool. To that end, Daley will announce today he’s convening an October conference of city and school leaders and experts to seek a five-year plan for citywide access to…

Time Running Out On Welfare Renewal


September 2, 2002
Deborah Barfield Berry

With a full agenda and very little time, lawmakers, advocates for the poor and governors don’t hold out much hope that Congress this year will renew the law that overhauled the nation’s welfare program. Given the agenda, Senate Democratic leaders say they don’t know when legislation to reauthorize welfare will be taken up.

Stuck In a Day-Care Dilemma, Working Class Families Struggle With Shortage


September 1, 2002
Patricia Wen and Bill Dedman

The issue of day-care accessibility has become one of the nation’s most pressing issues for young families as the two-income household has become an American norm and recent federal welfare reforms have put thousands of single mothers into the work force. New proposals by President Bush aim to put these mothers to work for longer…

Arizona governor creates panel to aid early childhood education


August 30, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Dina L. Doolen

Arizona Gov. Jane Hull signed an executive order yesterday creating a state oversight board to coordinate early childhood education programs. The School Readiness Board will advise the governor on how best to deliver services for children from birth through 5.

Detroit preschool seeks college-bound toddlers


August 30, 2002 Outcomes
Bill Johnson

The opening of the Detroit school coincides with a survey released this month by the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University. It found that 76 percent of those polled say children exposed to high-quality preschool programs are more self-confident and better adjusted; 73 percent believe they perform better when they reach elementary…

Poll Shows Ohio Law Enforcement Leaders Want More Federal Money for Educational Child Care to Prevent Crime


August 29, 2002 Outcomes

Poll results released today show that Ohio’s law enforcement leaders want Congress to increase funds for preschool education so children are better prepared for school and less likely to become criminals later in life. Eight out of ten of the police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecuting attorneys agreed with the statement, “providing quality child care for…

Parents and preschool: Schmooze or lose


August 28, 2002
Marco R. della Cava

Kids are many, spots are few. So what's a desperate parent to do? Be diligent -- or grovel.

Florida Governor endorses pre-K proposal


August 27, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Lesley Clark

Gov. Jeb Bush on Monday moved to soften his approach, endorsing a proposal to offer free pre-kindergarten classes to every 4-year-old in the state. The pre-kindergarten plan is estimated to cost between $425 million and $650 million a year, but Bush said the proposal “allows for some creative ways” to boost existing pre-kindergarten programs.