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Most of state’s child-care centers bad to so-so

March 2, 2003 Quality and Curriculum
Dean Mosiman and Sandra Kallio

One of every nine child-care centers in Wisconsin is awful, and most of the rest are just mediocre, according to the latest research. Child-care advocates, however, say the budget cuts would make it harder for parents to find good-quality child care.

New start for Head Start?

March 2, 2003
Steven Ward

A proposal to focus a longtime preschool program more on literacy, academic aspects and accountability has some in Louisiana worried that social and emotional facets will be de-emphasized.

Pre-k program could face hard lesson in economics

March 2, 2003
Patti Ghezzi

For all its popularity, an air of financial uncertainty is hanging over Georgia’s pre-k program and its higher-profile cousin, the HOPE scholarship.

Teachers give pre-K classes an A, but N.J. wants to dig a little deeper

March 2, 2003 AssessmentState & Local
Toni Callas

It has been five years since the state Supreme Court mandated that the governor provide for preschool programs in 30 special-needs districts. So this year, the New Jersey Department of Education is developing a plan to assess what has been called the most ambitious and expensive preschool program in the country, education experts said.

Democrats wary of state control for Head Start

February 28, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Cheryl Wetzstein

President Bush’s plan to give states control of the federal Head Start preschool program would dismantle it instead, say two Democratic senators and a child advocacy group. One of the most important aspects of Head Start is that the money goes right to the communities, bypassing state officials, said Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat….

From the Beginning … There Needs to be Light!

February 28, 2003 English Language Learners
Mayra Rodríguez Valladares

Teachers, experts and community leaders agree that it is almost impossible for Latino children to break the cycle of poverty unless their education starts at a very early age. While efforts exist to provide children with early education through programs such as Head Start, the majority of Latino children often do not enter schools until…

Column: Hijacking the Future

February 27, 2003
Bob Herbert

The New York City schools chancellor, Joel Klein, told state legislators this week that if the governor’s proposals stood, the city would have to increase class sizes in kindergarten through third grade and eliminate its successful pre-kindergarten program, which took four years to develop and serves 43,000 students. The kids who would be hurt most…

Editorial: Head Start / When ‘reform’ isn’t reform

February 27, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

The biggest problem facing Head Start is a lack of funding. Two in five eligible children can’t enroll for lack of space.

Education group urges large aid hike

February 27, 2003
Nancy C. Rodriguez

$892 million more per year needed for Kentucky schools, council says

Overhaul of Head Start worries some children’s advocates

February 27, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Meredith May

At the Berkeley-Albany Head Start program, Pamm Shaw has helped hundreds of the East Bay’s poorest children get ready for kindergarten. But now that President Bush is proposing a major overhaul to the federal Head Start program — turning it into a literacy program run by the states — Shaw and a growing coalition of…