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Almost 2,000 Child Care Slots Are Going Unfilled, Report Says

April 2, 2003
Leslie Kaufman

Nearly 2,000 slots in city-financed child care centers are not being filled, according to a report released yesterday by the city comptroller, even though nearly 47,000 low-income children are on a waiting list.

Parents learn to help children’s education

April 2, 2003
Diane Mouskourie

The Chicoses were two of 37 parents who graduated from More at Four Kindergarten Parent Academy on Tuesday night at Cliffdale Classical Elementary School. The sessions included lessons on how to improve a child’s self-esteem, how to be a better parent and how to help children succeed in school.

Who Makes More Than Who in New York

April 2, 2003 Workforce
Janny Scott

But who knew that fitness trainers and aerobics instructors make almost as much as sociologists and nearly twice as much as preschool teachers? The average for child care workers was $10.01, preschool teachers $13.50 and maids and housekeepers $13.66.

Column: Women at Work: Good child care takes good care of the economy

April 1, 2003 Economics and Finance
Jilian Mincer

Child care, especially high-quality care, prepares children for school and life and enables parents to work. What most people don’t realize is that it also has a huge impact on the current and future economy of a state, according to a report released in March by the Mid-America Regional Council.

Foster offers little advice on budget cuts

April 1, 2003
Robert Travis Scott

Speech emphasizes education and economic development

Opinion: Child Care Should Be Budget Priority

April 1, 2003
Jeanette Paulson and Peggy Haack

Our governor says two major ingredients are required to turn around the current economic picture and secure our future: good-paying jobs and education. Quality, affordable child care should be added as the third.

Education a key legislative topic

March 31, 2003
Mike Hasten

“The question is ‘How do we fund education?’” especially when state income is down, state Education Superintendent Cecil Picard said.

N.J. Supreme Court to rule on Abbott-district flexibility

March 31, 2003 State & Local
Diane D'Amico

Education Commissioner William Librera said the “one-size-fits-all” model proposed by former commissioner Leo Klagholz is no longer viewed as the best approach, and he wants more flexibility. But David Sciarra of the Education Law Center, which has represented children in the Abbott school districts, is concerned that the petition is a budget-driven attempt to allow…

New Survey Takes Roll on Prekindergarten in U.S. Public Elementary Schools

March 31, 2003
Press Release

Public elementary schools enrolled approximately 822,000 children in prekindergarten classes throughout the country, according to Prekindergarten in U.S. Public Schools: 2000–2001, a study released recently by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. Thirty-five percent of all public elementary schools, both regular and those designed for children with disabilities, offered such programs….

Opinion: Before the school bell

March 31, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Head Start now is fighting for its franchise as, increasingly, public schools recognize that to close the learning gap between the haves and have-nots, they also must begin earlier – with 3- and 4-year-olds. Instead of competing, taxpayer-funded preschool programs and school systems should be collaborating.