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At-risk children may lose early learning aid

February 19, 2003

About $9 million in federal funding through the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families fund could end this summer, and state education officials are looking for ways to replace the money.

Lack of money could jeopardize preschool classes

February 18, 2003 State & Local
Claudette Riley

A huge portion of existing funds is expected to be gone next year, and with little hope of finding new funding, Tennessee’s early childhood education program is poised to take a step backward. Tennessee, which contributes $6 million to the state’s $15 million preschool program, lags behind other states in funding to children in pre-kindergarten….

Editorial: Without Head Start they’ll be left behind

February 18, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Turning control of Head Start over to the states is not, as White House officials claim, the next logical step in the No Child Left Behind Act’s education reform. [I]t ought to be better funded and expanded, not derailed by a trip to the states.

Opinion: Starting early with learning

February 17, 2003

The Bush administration may get a lot of flak for suggesting it, but there is much to be said for making Head Start more of a real head start in school for children.

Head Start advocates wary of Bush proposal

February 16, 2003
Jeff Miller

Changes would reduce emphasis on poorest children, says director of local program.

Editorial: Backsliding

February 16, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Head Start 'fix' would dilute program.

Changing Head Start

February 16, 2003
Jill S. Gross

Some say revamping preschool program could threaten mix of teaching, services

Editorial: A Head Start on a wiser path

February 15, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

The Bush administration’s proposals to revamp the program reflect a needed focus on the academic elements of the initiative. The reforms are so massive and immediate, however, that Head Start could be crushed under their weight.

House Endorses Stricter Work Rules for Poor

February 14, 2003
Robert Pear

Under the bill, states would get a block grant of $16.5 billion a year, the same as under current law. But more welfare recipients in each state would have to engage in work activities for more hours each week.

State Child Care Cuts Could Mean ‘Dramatic’ Local Loss

February 13, 2003
Susan DeFord and Mary Otto

A carefully constructed child care support system that helps working families would be devastated by budget cuts being considered by state lawmakers, advocates say. Proposed cuts for the coming year would reduce child care subsidies, or vouchers, for poor families by $25 million, or nearly 20 percent statewide.