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‘Revolutionary’ plan: Universal preschool

August 10, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Laura Mecoy

Los Angeles’ preschool proposal will bring new interest in developing widely available early childhood education. “If they can make it work in L.A., what’s the excuse for New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago and Houston not to do the same thing?” asked Steven Barnett, director of Rutgers University’s National Institute for Early Education Research.

LA Preschools to Receive $100 Million

August 9, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Carla Rivera

A commission voted Thursday to spend $100 million in tobacco tax money on a broad-based system of all-day preschools that would be free for all Los Angeles County toddlers. The initiative initially will target 3- and 4-year-olds and seek to dramatically expand existing services, including Head Start programs, child-care centers and home-based family child care….

Tobacco Tax Might Fund Preschools in LA

August 8, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Carla Rivera

Although many educators agree that providing quality preschool is an important goal, some remain dubious about the proposal being debated in Los Angeles. They are especially skeptical that home-based child-care providers could be trained to provide the kind of care needed.

Why Are Preschools Teaching Penmanship?

August 7, 2002
Elizabeth Chang

Many preschools persist in teaching children to write, and even evaluating that writing, before the students have the skills they need. University of Maryland professor Graham agrees that “it’s kind of ridiculous to expect that kids aren’t ready for kindergarten if they don’t form letters well by that time.”

Preschool Kids Gain Skills for Kindergarten

August 5, 2002
Brooke Adams

Richard Gomez, one of only a few men working in child care in Utah, acknowledges being “anxious like a parent” at letting go of his first pre-kindergarten class. He has taught them about their “walking feet” and their “listening ears,” how to sit just like a kindergarten kid — legs crossed, arms folded, eyes on…

Move to restore kindergarten money lauded

August 5, 2002 Economics and FinanceState & Local
Scott W. Helman

School officials in Massachusetts lauded the Legislature’s override of a budget veto by Acting Governor Jane Swift that would have eliminated a $28 million statewide grant program for full-day kindergarten. Restoring the full-day kindergarten program was a leading priority for state Representative David Linsky, a Natick Democrat who led the fight at the State House…

Opinion: We all benefit from good day care for children

August 1, 2002
Phyllis Campbell and Peter Steinbrueck

Everyone who cares for and about children is troubled by the lack of importance placed on early care and education and activities outside of school. “As a nation, we’re simply not taking advantage of how much we have learned about early development over the past 40 years,” writes Jack P. Shonkoff, editor of “From Neurons…

Subsidized Child Care in Maryland Has Doubled Since 1990

August 1, 2002 Economics and Finance
Avis Thomas-Lester

The number of children in Maryland receiving federally subsidized child care has grown substantially in the past decade as parents previously on welfare took jobs and sought daily care for their children, state data show. But Maryland, like many states, still does not serve many children whose parents are among the working poor, saying there…

Grandparents leading child-care providers, Census Bureau reports

August 1, 2002

Grandparents were the leading child-care providers for preschoolers who were in some type of child-care arrangement in 1997, according to a report released by the Census Bureau. Among the nation’s 19.6 million preschoolers, grandparents took care of 21 percent, the report said.

Of Quality and Access: Child Care in the United States

August 1, 2002
Abigail Bucuvalas

An Interview with Harvard Professor Kathleen McCartney