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Education group to unveil legislation; pushes preschool, kindergarten for all


October 23, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Megan Tench

Despite the tough economic climate, a coalition of early childhood education leaders will launch an ambitious campaign for universal preschool and kindergarten in Massachusetts tomorrow that calls for system wide standards, as well as recruiting quality teachers, paying them better, and training them more. The Early Education for All Campaign will unveil draft legislation that…

New study says public pre-K teachers better off than private ones


October 23, 2002 Workforce
Linda Jacobson

Prekindergarten teachers who work in schools and other publicly operated settings are better-qualified, get higher pay, and stay in their jobs longer than those who work in classrooms operated by private organizations, a study concludes. “Inside the Pre-K Classroom,” a study conducted by the Washington-based Center for the Child Care Workforce, found that salaries and…

Pre-School For All; Florida voters to decide if it’s worth up to $650 million


October 21, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Toni Marshall

Voters will go to the polls next month to decide whether the state should pay for pre-school for all Florida 4-year-olds at an estimated cost of $425 million to $650 million. Most agree a universal pre-kindergarten program would benefit young children, giving them a leg up in reading and classroom skills.

Kindergarten less playful as pressure to achieve grows


October 20, 2002 AssessmentQuality and Curriculum
Karen Brandon

Kindergarten teachers nationwide say the test-driven education reform at state and federal levels is leading to changes in kindergarten that set unrealistically high achievement goals. The instruction techniques that early childhood education experts say are ideal for learning frequently are derided as “just play” by administrators and policymakers pushing what they consider to be more…

Will legislators back goals?


October 20, 2002
Eric J. Greene

Not all approaches have unanimous support

Learning In Mixed Company


October 19, 2002 AccessOutcomesUniversal and Targeted
Carolyn Moreau

Study Shows Low-Income Preschoolers Learn Better, Faster Alongside More Affluent Peers

Ketchikan: Feds Give Education Grants


October 18, 2002

The U.S. Department of Education recently approved a $683,000 grant for the Rural Alaska Community Action Programs to go toward training early-childhood caregivers in nine communities, including Ketchikan and Hydaburg, according to Senator Ted Stevens’ (R-AK) office.

$916,000 grant to aid pre-school initiatives


October 17, 2002
Jennifer Hiller

The Good Beginnings O’ahu Council has won a $916,000 federal grant to improve early learning opportunities for O’ahu children.

Business think tank makes a case for pre-K


October 17, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Emma D. Sapong

From decreasing the dropout rate to creating a more competent work force, quality early childhood education is key, said Roy J. Bostock, chairman of the Committee on Economic Development. Universal pre-K, he said, would produce “a more competitive and productive work force. It’s imperative to do this on a national level.”

Officials institute early education standards


October 17, 2002
Lara Azar

Wyoming Department of Education’s newly unveiled Early Childhood Readiness Standards provide parents and educators with a blueprint of what skills children need for kindergarten.