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Opinion: Child Care Should Be Budget Priority

April 1, 2003
Jeanette Paulson and Peggy Haack

Our governor says two major ingredients are required to turn around the current economic picture and secure our future: good-paying jobs and education. Quality, affordable child care should be added as the third.

Education a key legislative topic

March 31, 2003
Mike Hasten

“The question is ‘How do we fund education?’” especially when state income is down, state Education Superintendent Cecil Picard said.

N.J. Supreme Court to rule on Abbott-district flexibility

March 31, 2003 State & Local
Diane D'Amico

Education Commissioner William Librera said the “one-size-fits-all” model proposed by former commissioner Leo Klagholz is no longer viewed as the best approach, and he wants more flexibility. But David Sciarra of the Education Law Center, which has represented children in the Abbott school districts, is concerned that the petition is a budget-driven attempt to allow…

New Survey Takes Roll on Prekindergarten in U.S. Public Elementary Schools

March 31, 2003
Press Release

Public elementary schools enrolled approximately 822,000 children in prekindergarten classes throughout the country, according to Prekindergarten in U.S. Public Schools: 2000–2001, a study released recently by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. Thirty-five percent of all public elementary schools, both regular and those designed for children with disabilities, offered such programs….

Opinion: Before the school bell

March 31, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Head Start now is fighting for its franchise as, increasingly, public schools recognize that to close the learning gap between the haves and have-nots, they also must begin earlier – with 3- and 4-year-olds. Instead of competing, taxpayer-funded preschool programs and school systems should be collaborating.

State Pushes Academic Goals for Preschools

March 30, 2003 Assessment
Debbie Gebolys

The preschool standards address language and math skills — and in a few months will include science and social studies. The standards aren’t mandatory, and failure to meet them won’t keep kids out of kindergarten, state officials say.

Iowa West commits $7M to preschool program

March 29, 2003
Dan Eshelman and Brien T. Boyce

Estimates state nearly $6,400 is needed per pre-K child to create and maintain 25 preschool programs with approximately 12 children per classroom in the county.

U.S. falls behind on pre-school education

March 29, 2003
Ellen Keelan

Throughout the United States, working parents struggle to pay for care that too often fails to give children the foundation they need to succeed as learners and as individuals. The United States has been notoriously, some say embarrassingly, slow to adapt to the economic realities that have convinced nearly every other industrialized nation in the…

Opinion: Despite budget problems, universal preschool deserves state attention

March 28, 2003 AccessUniversal and Targeted

It deserves it because the stakes for young children in California are so high, and the potential for giving them a better start in life is so great. The children least likely to get quality preschool come not just from the poorest families — who qualify for federally and state subsidized programs, assuming such programs…

Editorial: Early education / ECFE cuts are a step backward

March 27, 2003

Conclusive research has shown that early childhood education produces clear and lasting benefits to both individuals and society.