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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…

Opinion: We all benefit from good day care for children


August 1, 2002
Phyllis Campbell and Peter Steinbrueck

Everyone who cares for and about children is troubled by the lack of importance placed on early care and education and activities outside of school. “As a nation, we’re simply not taking advantage of how much we have learned about early development over the past 40 years,” writes Jack P. Shonkoff, editor of “From Neurons…

Subsidized Child Care in Maryland Has Doubled Since 1990


August 1, 2002 Economics and Finance
Avis Thomas-Lester

The number of children in Maryland receiving federally subsidized child care has grown substantially in the past decade as parents previously on welfare took jobs and sought daily care for their children, state data show. But Maryland, like many states, still does not serve many children whose parents are among the working poor, saying there…

Grandparents leading child-care providers, Census Bureau reports


August 1, 2002

Grandparents were the leading child-care providers for preschoolers who were in some type of child-care arrangement in 1997, according to a report released by the Census Bureau. Among the nation’s 19.6 million preschoolers, grandparents took care of 21 percent, the report said.

Of Quality and Access: Child Care in the United States


August 1, 2002
Abigail Bucuvalas

An Interview with Harvard Professor Kathleen McCartney

Opinion: A vote for the Children’s Trust — and why


July 31, 2002 Economics and Finance
Michael Putney

On Sept. 10, I’ll vote Yes to create a Miami-Dade Children’s Trust. I believe [David Lawrence, Jr.] when he says that for every dollar we spend early on to help troubled children and their parents, we save $7 later, not to mention myriad problems for the kids and society.

SC Gov wants to expand preschool, up teacher pay


July 31, 2002
Kenneth A. Harris

Gov. Jim Hodges rolled out education proposals Tuesday designed to build on gains made in classrooms from preschool to college. He wants to make public or private prekindergarten classes available to at least 10,000 more children in the next four years.

School plan qualifies for ballot in Florida


July 31, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Tere Figueras

Free pre-K classes proposed

Tutoring Gives Pupils an Edge . . . for Preschool


July 31, 2002
Marek Fuchs

Aiming to give their young children a jump-start on their academic experience, parents are having them work with private tutors. The goal is to have the children enter school with a toehold on reading.