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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

District 7 picked for program

January 20, 2003
Zhanda Malone

Focus on preschool

Packing more into preschool

January 19, 2003
Patti Ghezzi

More preschools are bringing music, dance and foreign language instruction into the preschool day

Groups push for child-care subsidies, welfare reform

January 19, 2003
Deborah Davis

Glenda Sandoval, a preschool teacher in Santa Fe, has watched many children from poor families be denied child care because parents didn’t quite meet state guidelines to receive assistance. New Mexico Voices For Children advocates a return to the department’s original policy of providing assistance to families who earn up to 200 percent of poverty…

County might pull Head Start funds

January 18, 2003
Michael Erskine

Shelby County Head Start Inc., the largest local provider for the federal Head Start program, is in danger of county government cutting some or all its $12 million in funding if it does not swiftly comply with guidelines.

U.S. to Review Head Start Program; Bush Plan to Assess 4-Year-Olds’ Progress

January 17, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Valerie Strauss

The Washington Post reports the Bush administration announced yesterday its plan to implement an annual assessment of the 908,000 4-year-olds in Head Start programs across the nation, an effort that will help determine how much the children are learning in the government-funded preschool program. Federal officials said the new reporting system would provide standardized data…

Op-Ed: A Sound Investment in Early Education

January 15, 2003 Economics and Finance
Mara Aspinall and Kathleen Kelley

Economic analysis tells us that early childhood education is a sound investment of limited resources. Until every child shows up on that first day of school properly prepared to learn, Massachusetts will fall short of its education and economic goals.