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Group of educators unveils its agenda for preparing children for kindergarten


December 9, 2002
Tanika White

Program calls on parents to help in early learning

Panel pushing required preschool


December 9, 2002
Joyesha Chesnick

A task force recommends expanding state-funded education to make 'readiness' a priority.

Preschool program can lead to success


December 9, 2002 Economics and Finance
Laurie Pellichero

A new study released last month documents the savings taxpayers reap when states and school districts invest in preschool, according to a recent story in the Star Ledger of Newark. The National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University said that for every dollar spent on quality, full-day preschools, $4 comes back to children,…

Editorial: Smart Start


December 8, 2002 Economics and Finance
John Hood

Last month, Smart Start advocates put out a press release announcing another round of research findings from the Abecedarian Project, which is run by UNC Chapel Hill’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. The study, by two Rutgers University researchers, concluded that the Abecedarian model likely saved taxpayers $4 for every $1 spent, with school…

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.