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Economic Expert Predicts High Returns on PNC Investment in Kids

September 8, 2003 Economics and Finance

[NIEER Director Steve Barnett] today applauded the PNC Financial Services’ Grow Up Great initiative, the largest corporate financial commitment to early education, saying “it will dramatically improve the lives of children — while the rest of society gets a payoff as well.” PNC will fund early education programs in the states in which it operates…

The real head start

September 7, 2003
Howard Gardner

Research shows that infants enter the world with an innate capacity to learn about language, numbers, and nature. Can our schools build on that?

Opinion: Better Teachers, Better Schools

September 6, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce

[No Child Left Behind’s] most important provision requires that states and districts place a qualified teacher in every classroom by 2006 in exchange for federal dollars. That means ending the indefensible practice of dumping uncertified and unqualified teachers into the poorest and neediest schools.

Opinion: Plenty of models, scant funding for improved child care

September 6, 2003 Economics and FinanceQuality and Curriculum
Joan Fitzgerald

In the same way, high quality child care is something that all families need today, because both parents typically work. But more substantial funding will flow only when broad constituencies are mobilized.

Governor signs laws to benefit children

September 4, 2003

The legislation creates the Illinois Early Learning Council which will coordinate state programs and services for children from birth to 5 years of age.

Many Phila. teachers lack basics, study says

September 4, 2003
Dale Mezzacappa

The Philadelphia School District’s chronic problems attracting qualified teachers have forced it to rely on an alarming number of teachers who fail basic-skills tests.

Opinion: Universal pre-K urged as vital to education

September 3, 2003 AccessOutcomesState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Barbara Schlichtman

Offering a voluntary prekindergarten program in Louisiana would better prepare children for first grade and reduce their risk of being poor readers later in school. Louisiana has its LA4 Early Childhood Program, which prepares at-risk 4-year-olds for school by teaching them colors, letters, numbers and more.

The Future of Pre-school Education in Arkansas

September 3, 2003
Michelle Rupp

Legislators did adopt a preschool package, but left it without funding.

Head Start reforms face serious fight

September 1, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Cheryl Wetzstein

Head Start is the biggest government-funded early childhood program, but it has always operated outside state control, with funds flowing directly from Washington to local grantees. The Bush administration and the House bill propose to experiment with this arrangement by creating a pilot program allowing up to eight governors, who meet strict eligibility rules, to…

Abbott money puts new life in P’burg schools

August 31, 2003
Linda Lisanti

Officials fear proposals to change system would undo progress made in district.