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All they need to know about kindergarten they learn this summer

July 18, 2002
Stephanie Finucane

They aren’t quite kindergartners, but 65 youngsters in California are getting a crash course in classroom life — learning everything from playground etiquette to how to sit “crisscross applesauce” style during story time. With kindergarten becoming increasingly academic — students are expected to read, write, add and subtract by the end of the year —…

Expert urges S.C. businesses to invest in early child care

July 18, 2002
Pat Berman

Businesses don’t have to throw money at programs to help improve child care in South Carolina, a national expert told business and community leaders Tuesday. They can provide child-care centers with expertise on running businesses, lobby state governments for higher-quality care and sponsor parenting seminars, said Nina Sazer O’Donnell of the New York-based Family and…

Cuomo and McCall Press Education, of the Preschool Variety

July 17, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Jason Begay

Andrew Cuomo focused on preschool children and literacy as he announced an education plan yesterday, echoing the plan released on Sunday by H. Carl McCall, his opponent for the Democratic nomination for New York governor. In their plans, Mr. Cuomo and Mr. McCall each stressed the need for a fully funded, universal prekindergarten program.

Opinion: European preschools should embarrass USA

July 17, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
John Merrow

Virtually every industrialized country in the world provides free, high-quality preschool for children regardless of family income. The United States is the opposite, and we should be embarrassed.

A Battle Over Preschool Education Looms

July 15, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Michael Peltier

Ruling last week on an initiative to provide preschool access to all 4-year-olds, the state’s highest court has left the door open for what could be the most emotionally charged and fiercest fight for the hearts and minds of Florida voters: The education of Florida’s children.

Preschool Provides Preview of the ABCs of Kindergarten

July 15, 2002
By Jenifer Ragland

Children in Ventura County, California are getting their first preschool experience this summer, in a new four-week program offered at eight schools in the Hueneme Elementary School District. Funded with about $50,000 in Proposition 10 tobacco tax money, the program ties into efforts across California to boost the availability of free early childhood education for…

Amendment approved for ballot

July 12, 2002
David Twiddy

High court OKs pre-K wording

High court OK’s ballot language for Dade mayor’s pre-K proposal

July 12, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Elaine de Valle

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday approved the ballot language for a proposed constitutional amendment to expand pre-kindergarten education statewide to 4-year-olds — a measure sponsored by the mayor of Miami-Dade County, Alex Penelas. If the measure is approved, the expanded pre-K program would be phased in by 2005, which Penelas says would allow the…

Universal preschool approved for ballot

July 12, 2002 AccessEconomics and FinanceUniversal and Targeted
Cathi Carr

Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas cited a recent estimate by a nationally recognized expert in education economics who said an investment in quality pre-kindergarten in Florida would save between $2 billion and $3 billion for each wave of 4-year-olds. Steve Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, said the…

Early-Childhood Advocates Seek A Stronger Alliance With Higher Ed.

July 10, 2002
Sean Cavanagh

If they don’t eventually sell their ideas to new sets of decisionmakers, some early-childhood advocates argue forcefully, they will never get what they want: access to school for more children before they reach kindergarten, and higher standards for what they are taught. Forging new alliances—specifically with the nation’s colleges and universities—was a front-and-center theme at…