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Lottery funding for preschool pushed


March 5, 2003
Bonna de la Cruz

Gov. Phil Bredesen said yesterday that he probably will not intervene in the legislature, where creating a state lottery has bogged down, but said he will continue to push for certain aspects including setting aside some money for early childhood development programs. The constitutional amendment that voters approved in November said that any “excess” after…

Quality child care aids success


March 5, 2003 OutcomesState & Local
Tim Simmons

A study of Smart Start finds children in top preschools more ready for kindergarten

Getting a head start on kindergarten


March 4, 2003 OutcomesState & Local
Diane D’Amico

Preschool was a focal point of the Abbott v. Burke legal decision, which designated 30 urban school districts for special state assistance. A Rutgers study found children in urban districts who did not attend preschool arrived in kindergarten developmentally as much as 18 months behind their peers.

Speaker Wields Preschool Education as a Sword


March 4, 2003
Winnie Hu

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s weapon of choice this year is preschool education, and he is using it to attack his political rival, Gov. George E. Pataki, at every turn.

The Montessori Mystique


March 4, 2003
Elizabeth Agnvall

How to know if the early-childhood teaching method is right for your child

Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with a High Public Return


March 3, 2003 Economics and Finance
Art Rolnick and Rob Grunewald

The quality of life for a child and the contributions the child makes to society as an adult can be traced back to the first few years of life. [S]tudies find that well-focused investments in early childhood development yield high public as well as private returns.

Editorial: Fed block grants require more voter responsibility


March 3, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

The primary question is: At what level of government are the best decisions about what’s good for the citizens of our states and communities made? The answer, we feel, is at the level that is closest to the people who will be most affected. That is why the concept of including Head Start, Title I,…

Child care initiative gets funding


March 2, 2003
Becky Waldrop

County Cares will pay stipends and give scholarships to child care providers who seek training through professional development courses offered at Linn-Benton Community College.

Child care work varies


March 2, 2003 Workforce
Aïssatou Sidimé

Child care is one of the few fields in which a worker can start with a high school diploma or GED so long as he or she enrolls in at least a child development associate degree (CDA) program offered by community colleges. But pay varies widely depending on a worker’s training.

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.