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Funding, preschool issues vex region


June 19, 2003
Mary E. O’Leary

Two-thirds of the citizens who studied the issue thought preschool should be available to all 3- and 4-year-olds.

State budget likely to go past 6/30 deadline


June 18, 2003
Chris Brennan

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell is not willing to give up a key trio of statewide education initiatives – pre-kindergarten, full-day kindergarten and smaller class sizes.

Head Start Legislation Clears House Panel


June 18, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Michelle R. Davis

The Republican-supported Head Start bill now moves on to the full Education and the Workforce Committee. Though a hearing has not yet been scheduled, debate over a proposal to give some states Head Start money directly is expected to continue.

Editorial: Remember the children


June 18, 2003

Utah can be proud that it ranks third nationwide for the well-being of children.

Eastside Lacks Child Programs, Report Finds


June 18, 2003
Carla Rivera

Too few day-care and preschool programs in L.A.'s growing suburbs could put youngsters at a disadvantage, the UC study says.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: State is long on research, short on public will


June 17, 2003
Marietta Nelson

Washington is rich with a budding core of prominent brain researchers and several major philanthropists pushing to use that research to improve children’s lives.

Editorial: Fresh Start for Head Start


June 16, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Since 1965, the federal Head Start program has helped preschoolers in poor and at-risk families get an educational leg up. Yet it reaches only about half of the kids it should, according to studies.

Editorial: Cheating Head Start


June 16, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce

House Republicans are doing a great disservice to the 900,000 poor and minority children enrolled each year in Head Start, the early childhood development program. While everyone can agree on the merits of raising the quality of Head Start teachers, it is unrealistic for Republicans to require bachelor’s degrees of the teachers yet not provide…

Editorial: Eyes on the future


June 16, 2003
Kathryn J. Engebretson, Maxwell King and Rebecca W. Rimel

Let's fund early-childhood education to speed kids ahead.

Schools see kindergarten failures climb


June 15, 2003
Lynette Wilson

The most recent data available from the Louisiana Department of Education indicate the number of northeastern Louisiana children who repeat kindergarten is on the rise. Kindergarten retention rates concern the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Coalition, which is conducting a public awareness campaign aimed at informing parents on how to prepare their children for academic success.