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Headstart: Great places to begin


December 6, 2002
Rowena Coetsee

The centers emphasize literacy as well as basic health care for children from low-income backgrounds

New literacy initiative focuses on fathers


December 6, 2002
Jessica Feinstein

Head Start program aims to make male role models more involved in child literacy development

School Board supports early childhood plan


December 5, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Sebreana Domingue

A resolution urging full funding for universal early childhood education programs was approved Wednesday by the Lafayette Parish School Board. The resolution asks the association to sponsor legislation to provide early childhood education funding in the areas of sites, staffing, equipment, evaluation and transportation.

Education Column: For Head Start Children, Their Turn at Testing


December 4, 2002 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Jacques Steinberg

The Bush administration intends to require each of the 500,000 4-year-olds in the federal Head Start program to sit for a standardized examination measuring such information as how many letters and numbers they can recognize, and whether they know how to hold a book right side up. They will then take the same exam the…

Opinion: Invest Early


December 4, 2002 Economics and Finance

Again, the obvious proves its worth

Plan advocates preschool for all 3- to 4-year-olds


December 1, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Susan Herendeen

Universal preschool, which would guarantee access to quality child care for 3-and 4-year-olds, sounds like a long shot in an age of budget deficits and program cuts. But that’s what California’s new Master Plan for Education calls for, and the idea is taking root in several other states as well.

Seeking grade-A preschool: Bill would pour $1 billion into early childhood education


December 1, 2002
Ed Hayward

Armed with polling data that show Bay State residents want more preschool options for children, a broad-based coalition plans to file legislation this week proposing a $1 billion, 10-year early-childhood education reform program. Major targets include establishing a system to improve the training of the preschool work force; promoting full-day kindergarten in all cities and…

Madison School District plans to offer a voluntary, half-day kindergarten program for 4-year-olds


November 30, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Doug Erickson and Patricia Simms

The Madison School District will unveil plans next week for a voluntary, half-day program for 4-year-olds, extending a national trend toward schooling ever-younger children. Spurred by increasing pressure to improve test scores and convinced that getting to students earlier is an answer, Madison officials tout the initiative as the next step in attacking an achievement…

Editorial: Prepping for Preschool


November 29, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted

[I]t is only a matter of time before the movement for universal preschool education reaches the U.S. Capitol. In fact, some 42 states and the District of Columbia now offer some form of pre-kindergarten education, even if it is only to supplement Head Start, the federal program designed to bring early education to lower-income students….

Technology playing greater role in early childhood education


November 29, 2002
Peggy Walker and Dawn White

Every day, new technology and studies define new and different ways for parents and child care providers to teach young children. Although educational computer programs seem to be the hot item right now, it’s important to remember that children still need interaction with other pupils and they still need plenty of hands-on activities.