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Father Knew Best: A Top Preschool Costs $

December 18, 2002
Judith S. Bloch

While Grubman’s methods certainly were questionable, his concern was right on target. He understood the value of a good early educational start.

Grant to help send almost 600 children to free pre-K

December 17, 2002
Ann Doss Helms

Money will add seats and train teachers in More at Four program

New approach: Learn, don’t just play, in preschool

December 17, 2002
Leslie Postal

Tucked behind the worn buildings is a Head Start center with a literacy curriculum that gives kids an academic jump start. Rather than focus on boosting a youngster’s health and development — the traditional bedrock of federally funded Head Start — this center teaches very young children the building blocks of reading.

South Carolina gets tips for improving child care

December 16, 2002
Joseph S. Stroud

Advocacy group finds state has work to do, suggests steps to raise standards

Column: It’s elementary: Accountability key for pre-K

December 15, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Myriam Marquez

There are established national benchmarks that put accountability into preschool learning. Those are the benchmarks that distinguish between real learning and passive caring.

Funding, teacher pay, early-childhood ed unfulfilled goals

December 15, 2002
Andy Kanengiser

Mississippi’s education priorities for the new year are perennial concerns: boosting school budgets and teacher pay and preparing children early to learn once they hit kindergarten.

Coughlin cosponsors early education bill

December 13, 2002
Peter Hartzel

Massachusetts State Rep.-elect Bob Coughlin has signed on as a cosponsor of legislation aimed at making full-day kindergarten available across the state. The stated 10-year goals of the Early Education for All bill include ensuring that every preschool-age child has a high-quality education staffed by trained educators and delivered through the existing mixed system of…

Gold Seal graduates certified child care professionals

December 12, 2002
Alan D. Johnson

By the end of 2003, more than half of the preschools in South Sarasota County are expected to hold top national ratings. The research shows that when young children receive nurturing care in small groups from well-trained teachers, their mothers are able to find better-paying jobs and earn more in their lifetimes.

Preschool push

December 12, 2002 State & Local
Jim Sanders

The learning curve may begin soon after diapers

Report faults region’s early education

December 12, 2002 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Carmen J. Lee

A regional education agency has once again criticized the lack of quality instruction for younger children in southwestern Pennsylvania. In its fourth annual “state of education” report for the region, the Education Policy & Issues Center also linked inconsistent early childhood education to the lackluster academic performance of many students later in school.