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Better pre-school now prevents poverty later


June 15, 2003
Joan Benso

As lawmakers debate a proposal to provide state funding for prekindergarten, full-day kindergarten, and small class sizes, a new report provides at least 400,000 reasons why Pennsylvania needs to fund early childhood education — each of them with a name. The annual Kids Count Data Book, released last week, shows there are at least 400,000…

Schools see kindergarten failures climb


June 15, 2003
Lynette Wilson

The most recent data available from the Louisiana Department of Education indicate the number of northeastern Louisiana children who repeat kindergarten is on the rise. Kindergarten retention rates concern the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Coalition, which is conducting a public awareness campaign aimed at informing parents on how to prepare their children for academic success.

Editorial: A True Head Start


June 14, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Ensure poor children's school readiness with reforms

Budget to strengthen state


June 13, 2003
Chip Scutari and Robbie Sherwood

But critics of $6.4 bil deal predict tax increase

District seeking answers to scores


June 13, 2003 Assessment
David Pescatore

School district committees will try to figure out why a large gap exists in standardized test scores between different race and ethnic groups.

House G.O.P. Drafts Bill to Overhaul Head Start


June 13, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Diana Jean Schemo

In reshaping Head Start, House Republicans on an education subcommittee intend to emphasize the mission to prepare children academically for kindergarten, they said, and to improve coordination between preschool and elementary education. The $6.8 billion bill drops plans to transfer Head Start to the Education Department from the Department of Health and Human Services in…

House Panel Approves Revisions for Head Start


June 13, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Michael A. Fletcher

8 States Gain Control; Literacy to Be Focus

Opinion: Head Start serves crime prevention role


June 13, 2003
Steven Studnicka

The research is clear that pre-kindergarten and educational child care programs prevent crime. Investments in pre-kindergarten and educational child care have nearly universal support of law enforcement leaders.

Children in N.J. living the good life


June 12, 2003
Thomas Barlas

The Kids Count report shows that New Jersey ranks fourth in the nation – behind Minnesota, New Hampshire and Utah – in connection with benchmarks of child well being.

Report raises hopes on kids in N.M.


June 12, 2003
Joline Gutierrez Krueger

New Mexico continues to rank at the bottom of the state-by-state rankings for child poverty – as it has for the past two years – but it is now tied with Louisiana and Mississippi, according to the Kids Count Data Book 2003 released today.