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Parents and preschool: Schmooze or lose


August 28, 2002
Marco R. della Cava

Kids are many, spots are few. So what's a desperate parent to do? Be diligent -- or grovel.

Florida Governor endorses pre-K proposal


August 27, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Lesley Clark

Gov. Jeb Bush on Monday moved to soften his approach, endorsing a proposal to offer free pre-kindergarten classes to every 4-year-old in the state. The pre-kindergarten plan is estimated to cost between $425 million and $650 million a year, but Bush said the proposal “allows for some creative ways” to boost existing pre-kindergarten programs.

Illinois Child Advocacy Groups Launch Early Education Campaign


August 27, 2002

A coalition of child advocacy groups launched Early Learning Illinois today, a campaign to ensure that affordable, quality early education programs for children are a priority for Illinois, especially during the upcoming election. Funded by the Trust for Early Education, Early Learning Illinois will mobilize parents, educators, business and civic leaders, policy makers and legislators…

New Grassroots Campaign to Help Minnesota’s Youngest Kids


August 27, 2002

Parents, early childhood professionals and concerned citizens have created a statewide campaign to address the quiet crisis facing Minnesota’s youngest children. A nonprofit advocacy organization, Ready 4 K, is working to raise issues and support efforts to find solutions that will help children from when they are born until they start kindergarten.

The Importance of Teaching Tots


August 26, 2002
Alexandra Starr

25 Ideas for a Changing World

Welfare reform winds up on back burner


August 22, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Cheryl Wetzstein

Welfare reform marks its sixth anniversary today waiting for an opening on a busy Senate calendar, even though the landmark 1996 law expires in a month. Many congressional aides say that instead of renewing the nation’s largest social program for poor and needy families by Sept. 30, time-pressed lawmakers will simply pass a bill to…

Tobacco tax lifts Merced preschools


August 21, 2002 Outcomes
Mike Conway

California’s 50-cent-per-pack tax on cigarettes pays for the “booster” class that preschool students on the year-round schedule can take during their breaks. The research shows that children with a year or two of preschool adjust to regular school better than their peers.

Providing preschool for all


August 19, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Katherine Corcoran

It’s not quite universal preschool, which would guarantee all 3- and 4-year-olds a free early childhood education. But the New Haven Unified School District in Union City is getting as close as it can, and closer by far than anywhere else in California.

The Research Blues


August 19, 2002
Ronald A. Wolk

Given the scope of the education research enterprise, one might ask why it has little impact on policy—and even less on practice. [A] serious reason for the limited influence of education research is the lack of an infrastructure linking producers of research to potential users.

Funds allow Florida county to tackle pre-k learning


August 17, 2002 OutcomesState & Local
Lisa Woods

About 900 preschoolers in St. Johns County, Florida are attending pre-kindergarten and receiving other education services for young children through a new $3.2 million state program. Educators in Ponte Vedra Beach said the early childhood education will help children become successful later on and help them create the brain matter needed for achievement on tests…