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Stille introduces pre-school bill


November 25, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

State Sen. Leon Stille, R-Grand Haven, has proposed legislation that would create a new learning program for Michigan’s pre-schoolers. It would be provided to all Michigan 4-year-olds without reducing funding for existing education, health and child development programs by the 2006 school year.

Study Touts Benefits of Quality Programs


November 24, 2002 Economics and Finance
Diane E. Lewis

The National Institute for Early Education Research reports that every dollar spent on high-quality, full-day and year-round day care or preschool for young children generates a $4 return to the children, their families, and taxpayers. Released last week, the study found that top quality child-care programs allow mothers to work at better-paying jobs, leading to…

Opinion: Dropout rate should worry us all


November 22, 2002

[T]oo many children enter school ill-prepared, and fail to ever catch up. That’s why it is imperative that the state continue funding early childhood education efforts that help promote proper development and work with families to prepare children for school.

Opinion: The Sons Also Rise


November 22, 2002
Paul Krugman

The spectacular increase in American inequality has made the gap between the rich and the middle class wider, and hence more difficult to cross, than it was in the past. Meanwhile, one key doorway to upward mobility – a good education system, available to all – has been closing.

The Best Investment: America’s Kids


November 22, 2002 Economics and Finance
Christopher Farrell

Tomorrow's workers will need more brains than brawn, so funding early-childhood education is vital. It's time for Uncle Sam to ante up.

Closing an Achievement Gap


November 21, 2002
Susan DeFord

Judy Center Targets Preschoolers

Research bolsters economic case for preschools


November 21, 2002 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
Peggy O'Crowley

Educators long have known that high-quality child care pays off in better classroom performance and later on in better jobs. Now new research indicates it also pays off in actual dollars, an attractive carrot for taxpayers, according to a new report released by a Rutgers University think tank.

Expert: Preschool Makes A Difference


November 19, 2002 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum
David Robinson

An early childhood education expert assured the state Board of Education on Monday that early education programs make a difference for neglected children, but they must be high quality. “They will stay in school longer, go to college, and they make more money,” said Robert Bradley, of the Educational Leadership Department at the University of…

Fortune 500 firms lobby for childcare


November 19, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

A group of many of the most powerful corporations in the nation has announced a joint campaign to improve early learning and after-school care for children of families with both parents in the work force. Donna Klein, who heads the year-old Corporate Voices for Working Families, said progress will require collaboration between the private and…

U.S. Child Care Seriously Lags Behind That of Europe


November 19, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

While working parents in the United States struggle to find and afford private child care of even mediocre quality, parents in most European countries easily find publicly funded programs offering good-to-excellent care. [F]unding for child care [in the United States] is fragmentary, and reforms are generally not made with consideration of the goals for the…