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Editorial: It’s preschool education, stupid

October 14, 2002

Why, if we know how important it is to begin preschool education for 3- and 4-year-olds, is it not available to all parents? Because it is not seen as a responsibility of government, someone needs to explain why it should be now, to step up and spearhead an effort to help taxpayers understand that this…

Ballot proposal would require pre-K for 4-year-olds

October 13, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Susan Wright

Like many other parents in Florida, [Candice] Westbrook plans to vote Nov. 5 for a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution that would require the state to provide access to preschool programs for all 4-year-olds. In Volusia and Flagler counties, some children’s advocates and early childhood education proponents aren’t so sure.

A push for preschool for all

October 11, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Katherine Corcoran

Packard Foundation wants to make state model for nation

Improved preschool tied to better workforce later

October 10, 2002
Lori Olszewski

Business groups say U.S. lacks enough programs

Day Care Teachers Threaten Strike

October 9, 2002 Economics and FinanceWorkforce
Michael Wilson

Workers who care for 60,000 children in New York City-sponsored day care have threatened to strike later this month because they have been unable to get a new contract. The city has said it does not have the money for pay raises, since it anticipates a $5 billion budget gap.

First Lady Urges Parents to Read to Children

October 9, 2002
Dawn Miller

The first lady of West Virginia speaks to parents about the importance of reading to children, starting at an early age.

Smart Start is helping build better child care, reducing turnover

October 9, 2002 OutcomesWorkforce
Kerri Fivecoat-Campbel

The United Way says that high staff turnover in early-childhood education centers is detrimental to children’s ability to establish positive and secure bonds with their caregivers. That, in turn, can have a negative impact on their development.

U.S. Grant to Evaluate Child Care Program

October 9, 2002

U.S. federal grant will help Rhode Island to make informed decisions about its childcare program.

Louisiana’s pre-K program top notch, study says

October 7, 2002 State & Local
Aesha Rasheed

Louisiana 4-year-olds who participated in the state’s prekindergarten program last year were better prepared to start kindergarten this year, a recent report on the program’s first year shows. After about five months of instruction, Louisiana’s pre-kindergarteners moved from near the bottom of the national scores to near the top.

States Urge Congress to Extend Welfare Funding

October 7, 2002
Kavan Peterson, Staff Writer

With reauthorization of the welfare reform act stalled on Capitol Hill, state policymakers and welfare advocates are urging Congress to save the program from the chaos that uncertainty brings. Welfare officials say a multi-year commitment to federal funding is critical to ensure that welfare programs continue to function smoothly, particularly in states with two year…