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Editorial: Universal preschool


June 23, 2003 AccessEconomics and FinanceUniversal and Targeted

California’s fledgling drive to give all children access to high quality preschool has bumped up against an unavoidable fact: The state doesn’t have any money to spend on big new initiatives, and likely won’t in the immediate future. But where public coffers have run dry, private efforts can fill in around the edges, and they…

Getting off on the right foot


June 23, 2003
Meredith Arndt

If a child has a positive experience in a “high-quality” early education setting, they are more likely to develop better social skills and an improved ability to learn.

Helping Head Start


June 23, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

President Bush wants to give a successful program more oomph. The solution may not come from the states

Opinion: Accountability needs funding


June 23, 2003

What is important is that Louisiana students continue to improve, and that involves a continued commitment to a rigorous program of accountability.

Pa. education clash enters key week


June 23, 2003
Dale Mezzacappa and Mario F. Cattabiani

GOP legislators are not sold on Gov. Rendell's plans to fund major new initiatives. A budget must be passed by June 30.

Student scores show progress, but critics question price


June 23, 2003
Maia Davis

At a time when state aid has been nearly flat for two years and property taxes are rising, the questions that have long swirled around Abbott and its massive expenditures are becoming more urgent.

A proactive plan for preschools


June 22, 2003 AccessQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
Fran Wood

So last week, the organization [NOW] launched “the family initiative,” a long-term, nationwide campaign to provide universal, affordable child care — quality day care for infants, preschool education for toddlers, productive after-school programs for elementary-schoolers. Long-term, says Rutgers professor Steve Barnett, a member of the NOW Legal Defense board, the goal is not to scrap…

Editorial: Father of Head Start warns of weakness in Bush plans


June 22, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Edward F. Zigler

How strong Head Start is depends upon a single factor: how good the quality is invested in the Head Start program model and how well the program is implemented at the local level. The evidence is overwhelming; the magnitude of positive outcomes is directly related to the quality of the program.

Officials tout changes to Head Start program


June 21, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Karen Hoffmann

A local congressman and a federal official said yesterday that a bill introduced this week to reauthorize Head Start would increase funding for the preschool program and make it more accountable for getting children ready for school. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, a co-sponsor of the House legislation, and Wade Horn, assistant secretary for…

Funding, preschool issues vex region


June 19, 2003
Mary E. O’Leary

Two-thirds of the citizens who studied the issue thought preschool should be available to all 3- and 4-year-olds.