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Pre-K money is precarious

February 7, 2003 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Maureen Nolan

Governor's budget would cut money; school districts say programs really work

Head Start idea makes many uneasy

February 7, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Ruth Schubert

Parents, educators fear changes would be for the worse

Day Care Centers Plan 1-Day Strike

February 7, 2003 Workforce
Ellen Yan

Workers at the city’s 358 publicly funded day care centers plan to stage a one-day strike on Wednesday, upending 50,000 children of working parents. The unions, in part, want to reduce the high turnover of day care teachers, who often leave for better paying school jobs once they get licenses and certification.

Testing Expands to Kids in Head Start

February 6, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
David Pierson

U.S. says exams will be used to assess the program. Some experts think children are too young for the results to have meaning.

Bush Proposes Shifting a Bigger Share of Programs for the Poor to States

February 5, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Richard Simon

Advocates for Medicaid, housing, Head Start fear there won't be enough money to go around.

Bush seeks Head Start overhaul

February 4, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Rafael Lorente

The Bush administration wants to shift the focus of Head Start, the four-decade-old preschool program for the poor, so that it pays more attention to literacy and is better coordinated with state education curriculums throughout the country. In the White House budget proposal unveiled Monday, the administration proposes giving states broad power to design Head…

An Eye-Opening Experience for Parents

February 3, 2003
Elaine Rivera

In Competition for Preschool Slots, Restless Camp-Out Ends With Handful of Victors

Advocates Worry That Head Start’s Services Will Be Cut

February 3, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Jacob Santini

The fears of “watering down” Head Start, stems from a proposal by the Bush Administration to move the program from the federal Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Education. A move to a literacy-only program has some wondering how well preschoolers would perform without the family-based Head Start social services.

School before school

February 2, 2003
Karen Goldberg Goff

Choosing a preschool is a big decision for parents. Attending preschool is often a child’s first step into a world without mom or dad, so it is important to tread into a place that matches a family’s educational, moral and philosophical goals, says Denise Scott, senior director of program accreditation for the National Association for…

States May Get Bigger Role in Head Start

February 1, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Bush proposal would let governors align their preschool services with the federal program.