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Kindergarten less playful as pressure to achieve grows

October 20, 2002 AssessmentQuality and Curriculum
Karen Brandon

Kindergarten teachers nationwide say the test-driven education reform at state and federal levels is leading to changes in kindergarten that set unrealistically high achievement goals. The instruction techniques that early childhood education experts say are ideal for learning frequently are derided as “just play” by administrators and policymakers pushing what they consider to be more…

Will legislators back goals?

October 20, 2002
Eric J. Greene

Not all approaches have unanimous support

Learning In Mixed Company

October 19, 2002 AccessOutcomesUniversal and Targeted
Carolyn Moreau

Study Shows Low-Income Preschoolers Learn Better, Faster Alongside More Affluent Peers

Ketchikan: Feds Give Education Grants

October 18, 2002

The U.S. Department of Education recently approved a $683,000 grant for the Rural Alaska Community Action Programs to go toward training early-childhood caregivers in nine communities, including Ketchikan and Hydaburg, according to Senator Ted Stevens’ (R-AK) office.

$916,000 grant to aid pre-school initiatives

October 17, 2002
Jennifer Hiller

The Good Beginnings O’ahu Council has won a $916,000 federal grant to improve early learning opportunities for O’ahu children.

Business think tank makes a case for pre-K

October 17, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Emma D. Sapong

From decreasing the dropout rate to creating a more competent work force, quality early childhood education is key, said Roy J. Bostock, chairman of the Committee on Economic Development. Universal pre-K, he said, would produce “a more competitive and productive work force. It’s imperative to do this on a national level.”

Officials institute early education standards

October 17, 2002
Lara Azar

Wyoming Department of Education’s newly unveiled Early Childhood Readiness Standards provide parents and educators with a blueprint of what skills children need for kindergarten.

Pre-K Enrollment Rises

October 17, 2002
Mike Hasten

Results of an Oct. 1 survey show enrollment in the state’s prekindergarten program LA 4 exceeded expectations, but demand for before- and afterschool care is less than expected.

Pennsylvania task force recommends investment in preschool

October 15, 2002

Gov. Mark Schweiker unveiled the findings of a report by the Governor’s Early Childhood Care and Education Task Force, charged with evaluating ways to improve educational opportunities for Pennsylvania’s children, even before they step foot in a classroom. The report – “Early Care and Education: The Keystone of Pennsylvania’s Future” – details research findings and…

Editorial: It’s preschool education, stupid

October 14, 2002

Why, if we know how important it is to begin preschool education for 3- and 4-year-olds, is it not available to all parents? Because it is not seen as a responsibility of government, someone needs to explain why it should be now, to step up and spearhead an effort to help taxpayers understand that this…