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Opinion: The Motherhood Issue


July 26, 2002 Quality and Curriculum
E. J. Dionne Jr.

Respected scholars at Columbia University found that children whose mothers worked 30 hours or more by the time the kids were 9 months old got lower scores on the tests than comparably placed kids whose moms didn’t work outside the home. But the study also found the quality of outside child care can make a…

Editorial: Governor Easley’s preemptive move to boost education funding is a dramatic, and appropriate, response to a judge’s order


July 26, 2002 Economics and FinanceState & Local

As legislators ponder and ponder and ponder some more on how to close a $1.5 billion shortfall in the state budget, a more immediate deadline looms: A judicial order to answer the needs of children at risk of failure in the state’s public schools. Governor Easley on Wednesday offered his answer in the form of…

Welfare Study Finds Big Need for Child Care


July 24, 2002
Carla Rivera

Welfare recipients in Los Angeles County say inadequate and expensive child care is the major impediment to getting and keeping a job, according to a large-scale study released Tuesday (July 23) by county officials. The study, “Running Out of Time: Voices of Parents Struggling to Move from Welfare to Work,” was commissioned by the Los…

Private day care cries foul


July 23, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Michelle Krupa

Public preschools not ready, they say

Spending Up, but California Lacks Day Care


July 22, 2002 AccessEconomics and FinanceUniversal and Targeted
Barbara Whitaker

Although spending for child care has nearly quadrupled since 1996 in California, only one in seven parents is able to find a preschool or center-based care in the state, according to a study released Friday. Policy Analysis for California Education, a university-based independent research center, found that despite a $12 billion investment since 1996, which…

A Child Study Is a Peek. It’s Not the Whole Picture


July 21, 2002 Outcomes
Tamar Lewin

Last week, in Child Development, the journal of the Society for Research in Child Development, a group of respected Columbia University researchers reported that children whose mothers worked more than 30 hours a week by the time they were 9 months old got lower scores on school readiness tests at age 3. For all the…

Shortage of Preschools in Southland Grows


July 19, 2002
Pat Berman

The availability of space in quality child-care centers is shrinking in some of California’s major urban areas, as the growing population of children outstrips efforts to increase access, according to a new study by University of California and Stanford researchers. The report focuses on the availability of preschools and child-care centers as opposed to home-based…

All they need to know about kindergarten they learn this summer


July 18, 2002
Stephanie Finucane

They aren’t quite kindergartners, but 65 youngsters in California are getting a crash course in classroom life — learning everything from playground etiquette to how to sit “crisscross applesauce” style during story time. With kindergarten becoming increasingly academic — students are expected to read, write, add and subtract by the end of the year —…

Expert urges S.C. businesses to invest in early child care


July 18, 2002
Pat Berman

Businesses don’t have to throw money at programs to help improve child care in South Carolina, a national expert told business and community leaders Tuesday. They can provide child-care centers with expertise on running businesses, lobby state governments for higher-quality care and sponsor parenting seminars, said Nina Sazer O’Donnell of the New York-based Family and…

Cuomo and McCall Press Education, of the Preschool Variety


July 17, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Jason Begay

Andrew Cuomo focused on preschool children and literacy as he announced an education plan yesterday, echoing the plan released on Sunday by H. Carl McCall, his opponent for the Democratic nomination for New York governor. In their plans, Mr. Cuomo and Mr. McCall each stressed the need for a fully funded, universal prekindergarten program.