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Column: In California, road to universal preschool may begin Tuesday


July 19, 2003 AccessEconomics and FinanceUniversal and Targeted
Marjie Lundstrom

On Tuesday, First 5 California, the commission that disburses Proposition 10 cigarette tax money, will decide whether to commit $100 million in matching funds to help put California on the path to universal preschool. If some First 5 county commissions meet a potential 1-to-4 match, that would push the total to $500 million over the…

Column: Early childhood initiative might be effective, but . . .


July 19, 2003 AccessQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
Linda Seebach

Susan Urahn, director of educational programs for the Pew Charitable Trusts, visited the News earlier this week to talk about the trusts’ initiative on early childhood education, which they call “Starting Early, Starting Strong.” Their goal is to promote access to “high-quality prekindergarten for all 3- and 4-year-olds.”

House G.O.P. Delays Vote on Remaking Head Start


July 18, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Diana Jean Schemo

Facing a possible defeat in the House of Representatives, Republicans postponed a vote today on a bill to redesign Head Start, the popular preschool program for children in poverty. Key Republicans said the delay was caused by scheduling difficulties and a low turnout expected on Friday among Republicans.

Basic Education Program review calls for changes


July 18, 2003
Richard Locker

A new report indicates that Tennessee’s Basic Education Program, which has increased state school funding by more than $1.1 billion since its creation in 1992, may need an overhaul.

States May Lack Expertise To Run Head Start


July 18, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Pamela M. Prah

Fewer than eight states are equipped to take over the federal Head Start preschool program for poor children in their states, an idea that Congress is seriously considering, early childhood education experts warn. Part of the problem is that no one really knows how good the 40 state-run pre-K programs are, said Amy Wilkins, executive…

Head Start advocates oppose national plan


July 17, 2003
Jenny Robertson

Ky. designated to take over preschool program

School officials weigh in on state budget


July 17, 2003
Asher Pimpleton

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm called the agreement the most “pro-education budget in the state’s history.”

Opinion: Reinventing Head Start


July 17, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
U.S. Representative Michael N. Castle

For 38 years, disadvantaged children have had the valuable assistance of Head Start, an important federal program that has helped prepare children to enter kindergarten by providing health, nutrition and hygiene services as well as teaching pre-kindergarten basics. Unfortunately, the Head Start program has changed very little to adapt to a new academic environment and,…

Leading Authority Disputes Child Care Statements


July 16, 2003 Outcomes
Steve Barnett

NIEER Director Steve Barnett said the Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, indicates, as does other research, that child care can lead to increased behavior problems. “However, other rigorous studies find that high quality programs for even very young children can have the…

Governor joins in $6 billion gala


July 16, 2003 Economics and FinanceState & Local
D. Aileen Dodd

Clad in a money-green suit, Gov. Sonny Perdue on Tuesday flashed the grin of a grand prize winner as he accepted a $6 billion check commemorating the money the state lottery has paid to Georgia students. Since 1993, more than $6 billion generated from lottery sales has funded educational programs, including $2.5 billion shared by…