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County might pull Head Start funds


January 18, 2003
Michael Erskine

Shelby County Head Start Inc., the largest local provider for the federal Head Start program, is in danger of county government cutting some or all its $12 million in funding if it does not swiftly comply with guidelines.

U.S. to Review Head Start Program; Bush Plan to Assess 4-Year-Olds’ Progress


January 17, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Valerie Strauss

The Washington Post reports the Bush administration announced yesterday its plan to implement an annual assessment of the 908,000 4-year-olds in Head Start programs across the nation, an effort that will help determine how much the children are learning in the government-funded preschool program. Federal officials said the new reporting system would provide standardized data…

Op-Ed: A Sound Investment in Early Education


January 15, 2003 Economics and Finance
Mara Aspinall and Kathleen Kelley

Economic analysis tells us that early childhood education is a sound investment of limited resources. Until every child shows up on that first day of school properly prepared to learn, Massachusetts will fall short of its education and economic goals.

The Baby Ivies


January 12, 2003

The importance of a good preschool

Familiar names on preschool panel


January 10, 2003
Troy Anderson

Child advocate Nancy Daly Riordan and former Assembly Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg were named Thursday to co-chair an advisory committee that will help decide how to spend $100 million in Los Angeles County to ensure quality preschool for children. First 5 LA, formerly known as the Los Angeles County Children and Families First-Proposition 10 Commission,…

Head restart: Research suggests Head Start programs help children


January 10, 2003
Matthew Franck

Research suggests that well-run Head Start programs help children from low-income families to prepare for kindergarten. For years, however, those benefits have eluded thousands of children in the city who qualify for the free services but are not enrolled.

School Reforms vital, will hurt, Huckabee says


January 9, 2003
Seth Blomeley

Solving Arkansas public school problems may require sacrifices

City to pilot state preschool effort


January 9, 2003 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

Six Illinois communities chosen to roll out the state's universal preschool initiative

Rendell Picks Education Secretary


January 8, 2003

Phillips slated for Pennsylvania's top education post

Kindergarten Prep Takes Root


January 8, 2003

Pioneering program in Santa Ana reflects new thinking