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Head Start critics call for changes

January 27, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Laura Bruno

Founded in 1965, Head Start has enjoyed bipartisan support throughout the years and has seen its funding rise from $96 million to $6.5 billion today. Head Start has not been immune to criticism, however, and the Bush administration is responding by calling for an unprecedented change to the program.

Head Start enthusiasts target tests, spending

January 27, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Andrew Mollison

From coast to coast, many Head Start parents and teachers are speculating that the administration wants to transform their comprehensive program of educational, medical, dental, developmental and social services for some 900,000 low-income preschoolers into a cheaper reading-prep program in which teachers are judged by their children’s scores on a new national test.

Preschool works for kids

January 27, 2003
Michelle Franzen Martin

Program sets pattern for the next 12 years

Pricey preschool: a class struggle

January 26, 2003
Laura Bruno

Countless low- and moderate-income families struggle locally to find affordable, quality preschool.

Opinion: Kids, Parents Need Early Boost

January 23, 2003 Outcomes

Kids Reap Many Benefits Of Early Childhood Education, But Parent Involvement Is A Pivotal Factor

Pre-Kindergarten Said Vital to Region’s Growth

January 23, 2003 Economics and Finance
Debbie Burt Myers

Early childhood education is vital to future economic development in east Mississippi, an elite group of educators and business professionals has determined. The conclusion of the experts was that community resources must be committed to closing those gaps in education for economic growth to occur.

What Parents Expect from their Children’s Schools

January 23, 2003

Kinderstreet releases results of University of Michigan

House restricts preschool funding

January 23, 2003
Fanny Seiler

Early childhood education programs for 4-year-olds would cease to be state funded through the school aid formula and counties could not increase future enrollment without legislative approval under a bill approved Wednesday by the House of Delegates. Starting July 1, county school boards would be precluded from increasing the enrollment of 4-year-olds for state funding…

Study shows preschool can prevent abuse

January 21, 2003 Outcomes

According to a new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this type of learning environment does more than strengthen skills – it helps cut the rate at which enrolled children will be abused or neglected by their parents or caregivers. The findings, published in the current issue of the journal Child Development, provide…

198 day cares get stellar ratings

January 20, 2003
Shirley Downing

But minimum grade for 536