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Putting Kids First


August 16, 2002 AccessQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
Jill Stewart

Finally, a government initiative that makes sense - and we've got Meathead to thank for it.

Early learning starts by teaching parents


August 15, 2002
Patti Ghezzi

Program instructs tots and their families

Companies benefit from helping with child care


August 14, 2002
Sue Hutchison

When a report released last month by the Santa Clara County Local Child Care and Development Planning Council found that local businesses pay less than 1 percent of the cost of child care, it hardly was a surprise. What is surprising is that so many companies don’t get it.

Grandmothers weigh in on providing child care


August 14, 2002
Marilyn Gardner

For most, caring for grandchildren is not a choice. Parents either cannot find good day care or can’t afford it.

‘Revolutionary’ plan: Universal preschool


August 10, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Laura Mecoy

Los Angeles’ preschool proposal will bring new interest in developing widely available early childhood education. “If they can make it work in L.A., what’s the excuse for New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago and Houston not to do the same thing?” asked Steven Barnett, director of Rutgers University’s National Institute for Early Education Research.

LA Preschools to Receive $100 Million


August 9, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Carla Rivera

A commission voted Thursday to spend $100 million in tobacco tax money on a broad-based system of all-day preschools that would be free for all Los Angeles County toddlers. The initiative initially will target 3- and 4-year-olds and seek to dramatically expand existing services, including Head Start programs, child-care centers and home-based family child care….

Tobacco Tax Might Fund Preschools in LA


August 8, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Carla Rivera

Although many educators agree that providing quality preschool is an important goal, some remain dubious about the proposal being debated in Los Angeles. They are especially skeptical that home-based child-care providers could be trained to provide the kind of care needed.

Why Are Preschools Teaching Penmanship?


August 7, 2002
Elizabeth Chang

Many preschools persist in teaching children to write, and even evaluating that writing, before the students have the skills they need. University of Maryland professor Graham agrees that “it’s kind of ridiculous to expect that kids aren’t ready for kindergarten if they don’t form letters well by that time.”

Preschool Kids Gain Skills for Kindergarten


August 5, 2002
Brooke Adams

Richard Gomez, one of only a few men working in child care in Utah, acknowledges being “anxious like a parent” at letting go of his first pre-kindergarten class. He has taught them about their “walking feet” and their “listening ears,” how to sit just like a kindergarten kid — legs crossed, arms folded, eyes on…

Move to restore kindergarten money lauded


August 5, 2002 Economics and FinanceState & Local
Scott W. Helman

School officials in Massachusetts lauded the Legislature’s override of a budget veto by Acting Governor Jane Swift that would have eliminated a $28 million statewide grant program for full-day kindergarten. Restoring the full-day kindergarten program was a leading priority for state Representative David Linsky, a Natick Democrat who led the fight at the State House…