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Report faults region’s early education


December 12, 2002 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Carmen J. Lee

A regional education agency has once again criticized the lack of quality instruction for younger children in southwestern Pennsylvania. In its fourth annual “state of education” report for the region, the Education Policy & Issues Center also linked inconsistent early childhood education to the lackluster academic performance of many students later in school.

Early Years


December 11, 2002 Economics and Finance
Linda Jacobson

A Good Return

Editorial: Why Children Need a Head Start


December 11, 2002
Donald V. Torr and Peter J. Pizzolongo

Clearly, Head Start is working. If the administrators of the Montgomery County public school system cannot put the necessary priority on funding for Head Start (perhaps because, say, roads are more important), then they should just say that.

Changes in early education urged


December 10, 2002
Maggie Galehouse

Children who start kindergarten without basic skills fall far behind and never catch up, says a new report about early education released Monday. Targeting those skills, which range from using the restroom independently to sitting attentively while listening to a story, could reduce the state’s dropout rate and boost the skills of the future workforce….

4-year-old Kindergarten Details Unveiled


December 10, 2002
Doug Erickson

Performance Committee Votes To Pursue The Idea, But Proposal Is Not Without Hurdles

Clarke promises nursery places for all 3-year-olds


December 10, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Tony Halpin

Nursery places will be provided next year for every three-year-old whose parents want one, under spending plans announced by Charles Clarke yesterday. The Education Secretary said that £300 million would be transferred to local education authorities to create 250,000 new childcare places.

Napolitano seeks help from businesses to fund pre-school, child care


December 10, 2002
Howard Fischer

Arizona businesses need to pony up cash and resources if they want to improve child care and preschool programs, Janet Napolitano said Monday. The governor elect said it is clear that making sure kids are ready to learn by the time they hit kindergarten pays off in the long run.

Editorial: A case for quality care / Turning Pennsylvania’s toddlers into learners


December 9, 2002

After a six-month study of 372 child-care centers, preschools and home-based programs plus interviews with 1,005 families, researchers learned, among many other things, that: Fewer than 20 percent of the centers provide the kind of early-learning foundation that prepares children for school. The report, “Early Care and Education: The Keystone of Pennsylvania’s Future,” was produced…

Group of educators unveils its agenda for preparing children for kindergarten


December 9, 2002
Tanika White

Program calls on parents to help in early learning

Panel pushing required preschool


December 9, 2002
Joyesha Chesnick

A task force recommends expanding state-funded education to make 'readiness' a priority.