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South Carolina gets tips for improving child care


December 16, 2002
Joseph S. Stroud

Advocacy group finds state has work to do, suggests steps to raise standards

Column: It’s elementary: Accountability key for pre-K


December 15, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Myriam Marquez

There are established national benchmarks that put accountability into preschool learning. Those are the benchmarks that distinguish between real learning and passive caring.

Funding, teacher pay, early-childhood ed unfulfilled goals


December 15, 2002
Andy Kanengiser

Mississippi’s education priorities for the new year are perennial concerns: boosting school budgets and teacher pay and preparing children early to learn once they hit kindergarten.

Coughlin cosponsors early education bill


December 13, 2002
Peter Hartzel

Massachusetts State Rep.-elect Bob Coughlin has signed on as a cosponsor of legislation aimed at making full-day kindergarten available across the state. The stated 10-year goals of the Early Education for All bill include ensuring that every preschool-age child has a high-quality education staffed by trained educators and delivered through the existing mixed system of…

Gold Seal graduates certified child care professionals


December 12, 2002
Alan D. Johnson

By the end of 2003, more than half of the preschools in South Sarasota County are expected to hold top national ratings. The research shows that when young children receive nurturing care in small groups from well-trained teachers, their mothers are able to find better-paying jobs and earn more in their lifetimes.

Preschool push


December 12, 2002 State & Local
Jim Sanders

The learning curve may begin soon after diapers

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….