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$5.8 Million Federal Grant to Develop First Integrated Head Start Curriculum for Urban Preschoolers

October 28, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local

Researchers at [the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education] GSE plan to develop a first-ever integrated curriculum for preschoolers in Head Start classrooms across the country–encompassing literacy, numeracy and both school and social readiness skills. Funded with a $5.8 million federal grant over five years, this project will be the first effort U.S. educators…

Bills split on Head Start control

October 28, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Cheryl Wetzstein

A Senate Republican proposal for Head Start tightens oversight of the federal preschool program but doesn’t allow any states full control over it, according to an outline of the plan circulated late last week. The House bill would allow up to eight states to apply for control of their Head Start programs in order to…

Opinion: Preschool ed is expensive, ineffective

October 28, 2003 AccessAssessmentOutcomesState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Dr. Karen R. Effrem

These programs are very expensive and do not work. The state of Georgia found that despite universal preschool for 4-year-olds, there were no differences in standardized test scores between children receiving preschool and those who did not and no changes in scores since before implementation.

‘Invest in kids’ taken literally

October 24, 2003 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
Maja Beckstrom

Economists say money put toward early-childhood programs offers great returns and may be the best form of economic development out there.

Pre-K plan: small classes, 6 hours a day

October 22, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Associated Press

An advisory council releases a proposal for implementing a constitutional amendment that voters approved last year.

Welfare reforms may cost La.

October 21, 2003
Bruce Alpert

Pre-K cuts feared; job rules may stiffen

Boise, Meridian districts: More kids need preschool

October 19, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Bill Roberts

Reading scores come in low for kindergartners

Early childhood school initiatives previewed

October 15, 2003
Elizabeth Simpson

Parents of newborns across the state will receive an early education “tool kit” with board books and health tips next year in a statewide initiative to make sure children enter school ready to learn.

Preschool called good for kids and economy

October 15, 2003 Economics and Finance
Jean Hopfensperger

Art Rolnick, one of Minnesota’s most influential economists, is quickly becoming a national leader in an unlikely arena — the benefits of preschool for disadvantaged kids. The top researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis argues that early childhood development offers an extraordinary return on investment.

Preschool tab pushed on P’burg

October 15, 2003
Linda Lisanti

Commissioner reverses decision; shuffling ordered to fund state-mandated program.