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Montana plans to apply for new round of federal preschool grants


September 17, 2018
Matt Hoffman

Montana plans to apply for a new round of preschool development grants, the same program that helped create 750 high-quality preschool slots across the state. The 2018-2019 school year is the final year that funding from a four-year, $40 million grant will be used. While the cost of maintaining preschool programs is expected to be…

Bezos targets homeless families, under-served preschoolers with $2 billion fund, but details are few


September 14, 2018
Matt Day and Benjamin Romano

The world’s richest man announced a plan to donate about 1.2 percent of his current wealth to address family homelessness and early childhood education, drawing praise and raising questions about the mark Jeff Bezos intends to make and how a new and powerful funder will influence the recipients of his largesse. More than a year…

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Announces $2 Billion Philanthropic Fund for Preschools, Homeless Families


September 13, 2018
Michele Molnar

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, now considered to be the world’s richest man, took to Twitter Thursday to announce that he and his wife Mackenzie are contributing $2 billion to launch new preschools in underserved communities and tackle the issue of homelessness in young families. The philanthropic efforts will come under the umbrella of the Bezos Day One Fund, the…

The Keys to Student Success Include Starting Early and Following Through


September 13, 2018
Christina Samuels

A  good start and a strong finish: State education leaders build a large part of their education policy around ensuring children are equipped for both as they move through the K-12 system and beyond. But how does that play out when 50 state education systems are stacked up against each other—and what kind of picture emerges…

Child-care costs are drain on income, on par with college tuition. Which states are worst?


September 13, 2018
Darla Mercado

Got $20,000? It could help pay for college tuition — or it can foot the bill for day-care expenses. That’s close to the annual child-care bill for Kathleen and Dustin Farhat, a couple in Bath, Michigan,  according to a report  in Bridge Magazine, published by state-policy think tank The Center for Michigan. Child care for the Farhats’ two children,…

Early Education and Care is Key to Improving School Readiness


September 13, 2018
Edward Melhuish

How can policymakers best support children between the ages of two and three to help them do well once they begin school—through early education or influencing the home environment? It’s a vital question that many countries ask. We know that children who start poorly at school also tend to lag behind throughout their education. Supporting…

As 4-year-old preschool programs become the norm, Denver looks to reach 3-year-olds next


September 12, 2018
Ann Schimke

The Denver Preschool Program, most well-known for providing millions of dollars to help the families of 4-year-olds pay for preschool, is expanding its scope. Starting this month, the nonprofit will put a share of its funding from a citywide sales tax toward improving preschool classrooms for 3-year-olds — something it has long done in 4-year-old…

Federal Money Is Running Out For Charter Schools’ Pre-K Programs


September 12, 2018
Suevon Lee

Carolann Larson, the wife of an Army infantry officer based on Oahu and the mother of four young children, immediately noticed the positive impacts of pre-kindergarten schooling on her son, Maxamis. After attending Kamalani Academy’s pre-K program last school year, he showed a number of positive traits: at home, he wanted to help out more….

Raimondo vows universal pre-kindergarten if reelected


September 11, 2018
Madeleine List

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday that if reelected she will guarantee that every 4-year-old in the state has a spot in a pre-kindergarten classroom. “I don’t think that you should have to be wealthy in order to have a chance to have a good, high-quality pre-K,” Raimondo said, sitting in front of…

Donor gives $13.8 million for San Diego early childhood education


September 11, 2018
Kristen Taketa

The San Diego Foundation has announced a $13.8 million donation to expand preschool in San Diego County. The funding is meant to close gaps in access to preschool, which is often so expensive that middle- and lower-income families can’t enroll their children. Many studies have shown that quality early care and education can close achievement…