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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….

Preschool program can lead to success

December 9, 2002 Economics and Finance
Laurie Pellichero

A new study released last month documents the savings taxpayers reap when states and school districts invest in preschool, according to a recent story in the Star Ledger of Newark. The National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University said that for every dollar spent on quality, full-day preschools, $4 comes back to children,…

Panel pushing required preschool

December 9, 2002
Joyesha Chesnick

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

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

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…

Editorial: Smart Start

December 8, 2002 Economics and Finance
John Hood

Last month, Smart Start advocates put out a press release announcing another round of research findings from the Abecedarian Project, which is run by UNC Chapel Hill’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. The study, by two Rutgers University researchers, concluded that the Abecedarian model likely saved taxpayers $4 for every $1 spent, with school…

New literacy initiative focuses on fathers

December 6, 2002
Jessica Feinstein

Head Start program aims to make male role models more involved in child literacy development

Headstart: Great places to begin

December 6, 2002
Rowena Coetsee

The centers emphasize literacy as well as basic health care for children from low-income backgrounds

School Board supports early childhood plan

December 5, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Sebreana Domingue

A resolution urging full funding for universal early childhood education programs was approved Wednesday by the Lafayette Parish School Board. The resolution asks the association to sponsor legislation to provide early childhood education funding in the areas of sites, staffing, equipment, evaluation and transportation.

Opinion: Invest Early

December 4, 2002 Economics and Finance

Again, the obvious proves its worth