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Program will help preschoolers’ parents


May 7, 2003
Herald-Leader Staff Report

A joint venture between the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and the University of Kentucky Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute will develop a leadership training program for parents of preschool children.

State’s fiscal gap swells


May 6, 2003
Amy Gardner

North Carolina Governor Mike Easley is likely to insist on continuing to expand his two education initiatives — smaller elementary class sizes and pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds.

Study finds economic benefits of early education


May 6, 2003 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
Emily Carlson

For more than 18 years, Arthur Reynolds has studied the long-term benefits of an early childhood educational program. While his previous papers have documented the positive effects of the particular program on children’s behavior and well-being, the latest documents its positive effects on the economy.

More States Cut Aid for Child Care


May 5, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Amy Goldstein

Study Shows Fiscal Problems Led to Restrictions on Low-Income Families

Editorial: Taking the “C” (cash) out of the ABCs


May 4, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Kay Mills

The Administration wants to convert Head Start, now a proven 38-year-old comprehensive effort to prepare students for kindergarten, into a block grant program. The Administration would also move the program into the federal Department of Education, a switch that would put the comprehensive nature of Head Start at risk.

Preschools not banking on continued funding


May 4, 2003
Bradley Weaver

Tobacco tax grants help local nurseries, but money may evaporate

Bill Eliminates Cuts to Schools


May 1, 2003 Economics and FinanceState & Local
Ellen Yan

Lawmakers confident of votes to override possible Pataki veto

County Head Start Program in State of Upheaval


May 1, 2003
Brigid Schulte

U.S. Rejects Proposal To Restructure Services

DPHHS job cuts to save services


May 1, 2003
Allison Farrell

The Montana State Legislature approved moving $3 million from the welfare fund to help the working poor pay for day-care.

Preschoolers are mentors, friends to special-ed classmates


April 30, 2003 Quality and CurriculumSpecial Education
Angie Brunkow

This Omaha Public Schools preschool program is an integrated classroom that combines 10 special-education children with 10 neighborhood kids. The classroom operates as a normal preschool, though students probably get more one-on-one attention because four adults are present.