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Preschool costs up, but teachers’ pay suffers


April 13, 2003
Laura Bruno

New Jersey parents are shelling out thousands of dollars for child care and preschool – straining household budgets more than a college education – yet child care salaries are so low that workers couldn’t afford to send their own children.

Delays plague preschool program for needy children


April 13, 2003
Catherine E. Toth

State officials attributed the delay to rigorous building inspection procedures required of early-education facilities that took longer than expected and required additional construction in some cases.

Pa. secretary of education urges support of budget


April 12, 2003
Jane Elizabeth

A key part of Rendell’s proposal calls for full-day kindergarten for all children; preschool for children in high-poverty districts; and smaller class sizes in grades K-3, starting with the state’s poorest districts.

Paige Announces Award of $6.4 Million in Reading First Grant For Kansas Children


April 11, 2003
Press Release

State slated to receive $41.4 million over six years

Child-care costs busting N.J. family budgets


April 11, 2003 Economics and FinanceWorkforce
Peggy O'Crowley

Fees can chew up 50% of income, and experts see no relief in sight

Demand, but no money, for universal preschool


April 11, 2003 State & Local
Debra Williams

In the 1980s, Illinois joined a handful of other states in launching a state-financed pre-kindergarten program for youngsters who were considered at-risk of educational failure due to poverty or other socioeconomic factors. The long-term goal is to make it possible for Chicago parents, if they choose, to enroll their 3- and 4-year-olds in an affordable,…

Early education spells good economic strategy


April 11, 2003 Outcomes
Mara Aspinall and Paul O'Brien

Children who participate in high-quality early childhood education programs arrive at school with better language skills and can get along better with their peers. They are 40 percent less likely to need special education or be held back a grade.

Editorial: Cost-benefit analysis


April 11, 2003

Even as it makes cuts in day care — a move that could end up swelling Louisiana’s welfare rolls — the Foster administration is setting aside $10 million to expand prekindergarten in the state. Expanding one promising benefit while slashing one on which families already rely isn’t a reasonable trade.

Auditor: Merge preschool programs


April 10, 2003 State & Local
Trish Wilson

Ralph Campbell gives results of 15-month analysis of Smart Start; Gov. Mike Easley quickly rejects merger idea

Educators generally pleased with governor’s budget


April 10, 2003
Jeff Tobin

Many local educators were concerned that early childhood funding would be set at level funding, which would eliminate teaching positions.