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U.S. school system continues to grow

August 12, 2003 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Jennifer Harper

More than half — 52 percent — of our 3- and 4-year-olds go to preschool, up from 21 percent in 1970. According to the census figures, six out of 10 of them attend all-day preschools, up from one in 10 three decades ago.

Commission working to address early childhood education needs

August 7, 2003
Teresa Hoffman

Members of the Advisory Commission on Early Childhood Education met to discuss goals, ways to improve existing programs offered by the schools and other programs that can be benefit children, birth to 5 years old, living in the Ralston school district.

First steps losing stride

August 7, 2003
Allison L. Bruce and Deneshia Graham

First Steps to School Readiness is a state-funded initiative that puts county First Steps boards in charge of forging partnerships and supporting services that will help children enter school healthy and ready to learn.

Foundation Gives $43 Million

August 6, 2003 Economics and FinanceState & Local
Linda Jacobson

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation will spend more than $43 million over the next five years to help better prepare thousands of young children for school at eight sites throughout the country. While the foundation did not seek out applicants in states that are struggling to maintain what they have been spending on school readiness efforts,…

Column: Honest Look at Head Start

August 3, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
David S. Broder

A wealth of studies has shown that Head Start kids do better in school than contemporaries who have no such experience. But each time the program has come up for renewal, Congress and the administration have searched for ways to reach more children, make the gains more durable and close the persistent gap between Head…

Experts say early education pays off

August 3, 2003 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
Ronald Kotulak

Study finds funds saved in long run

Governor pushes early education

August 3, 2003
Mark Shaffer

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano said one of the top priorities of her education policy will be increasing emphasis on early education programs such as pre-kindergarten, all-day kindergarten and other early literacy efforts.

Head Start reauthorization bill debated

August 2, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Marti Maguire

Conflicting studies have been used to argue for and against the effectiveness of Head Start, which has provided educational, medical and social services to about 20 million disadvantaged children in its 38-year history. Edward Zigler, Sterling Professor of Psychology at Yale, said it’s unfair to compare Head Start students, who must overcome the disadvantages of…

Is Head Start worthless?

August 1, 2003 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Linda Seebach

Most studies of Head Start have shown that it provides a brief boost in academic performance, but that the effects fade out by third grade. If that conclusion is correct it means every dollar of the billions spent on Head Start since its beginning have been wasted.

Education law tries thin state budgets

July 31, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Critics predict the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act could also help power a new wave of costly lawsuits against the states challenging the allocation of state education funds, and in turn by the states against the federal government. Chief among the law’s requirements are annual student testing, training and hiring qualified teachers, and school…