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District 7 picked for program


January 20, 2003
Zhanda Malone

Focus on preschool

198 day cares get stellar ratings


January 20, 2003
Shirley Downing

But minimum grade for 536

Groups push for child-care subsidies, welfare reform


January 19, 2003
Deborah Davis

Glenda Sandoval, a preschool teacher in Santa Fe, has watched many children from poor families be denied child care because parents didn’t quite meet state guidelines to receive assistance. New Mexico Voices For Children advocates a return to the department’s original policy of providing assistance to families who earn up to 200 percent of poverty…

Packing more into preschool


January 19, 2003
Patti Ghezzi

More preschools are bringing music, dance and foreign language instruction into the preschool day

County might pull Head Start funds


January 18, 2003
Michael Erskine

Shelby County Head Start Inc., the largest local provider for the federal Head Start program, is in danger of county government cutting some or all its $12 million in funding if it does not swiftly comply with guidelines.

U.S. to Review Head Start Program; Bush Plan to Assess 4-Year-Olds’ Progress


January 17, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Valerie Strauss

The Washington Post reports the Bush administration announced yesterday its plan to implement an annual assessment of the 908,000 4-year-olds in Head Start programs across the nation, an effort that will help determine how much the children are learning in the government-funded preschool program. Federal officials said the new reporting system would provide standardized data…

Op-Ed: A Sound Investment in Early Education


January 15, 2003 Economics and Finance
Mara Aspinall and Kathleen Kelley

Economic analysis tells us that early childhood education is a sound investment of limited resources. Until every child shows up on that first day of school properly prepared to learn, Massachusetts will fall short of its education and economic goals.

The Baby Ivies


January 12, 2003

The importance of a good preschool

Head restart: Research suggests Head Start programs help children


January 10, 2003
Matthew Franck

Research suggests that well-run Head Start programs help children from low-income families to prepare for kindergarten. For years, however, those benefits have eluded thousands of children in the city who qualify for the free services but are not enrolled.

Familiar names on preschool panel


January 10, 2003
Troy Anderson

Child advocate Nancy Daly Riordan and former Assembly Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg were named Thursday to co-chair an advisory committee that will help decide how to spend $100 million in Los Angeles County to ensure quality preschool for children. First 5 LA, formerly known as the Los Angeles County Children and Families First-Proposition 10 Commission,…