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Welfare reform winds up on back burner

August 22, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Cheryl Wetzstein

Welfare reform marks its sixth anniversary today waiting for an opening on a busy Senate calendar, even though the landmark 1996 law expires in a month. Many congressional aides say that instead of renewing the nation’s largest social program for poor and needy families by Sept. 30, time-pressed lawmakers will simply pass a bill to…

Tobacco tax lifts Merced preschools

August 21, 2002 Outcomes
Mike Conway

California’s 50-cent-per-pack tax on cigarettes pays for the “booster” class that preschool students on the year-round schedule can take during their breaks. The research shows that children with a year or two of preschool adjust to regular school better than their peers.

Providing preschool for all

August 19, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Katherine Corcoran

It’s not quite universal preschool, which would guarantee all 3- and 4-year-olds a free early childhood education. But the New Haven Unified School District in Union City is getting as close as it can, and closer by far than anywhere else in California.

The Research Blues

August 19, 2002
Ronald A. Wolk

Given the scope of the education research enterprise, one might ask why it has little impact on policy—and even less on practice. [A] serious reason for the limited influence of education research is the lack of an infrastructure linking producers of research to potential users.

Funds allow Florida county to tackle pre-k learning

August 17, 2002 OutcomesState & Local
Lisa Woods

About 900 preschoolers in St. Johns County, Florida are attending pre-kindergarten and receiving other education services for young children through a new $3.2 million state program. Educators in Ponte Vedra Beach said the early childhood education will help children become successful later on and help them create the brain matter needed for achievement on tests…

Putting Kids First

August 16, 2002 AccessQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
Jill Stewart

Finally, a government initiative that makes sense - and we've got Meathead to thank for it.

Early learning starts by teaching parents

August 15, 2002
Patti Ghezzi

Program instructs tots and their families

Companies benefit from helping with child care

August 14, 2002
Sue Hutchison

When a report released last month by the Santa Clara County Local Child Care and Development Planning Council found that local businesses pay less than 1 percent of the cost of child care, it hardly was a surprise. What is surprising is that so many companies don’t get it.

Grandmothers weigh in on providing child care

August 14, 2002
Marilyn Gardner

For most, caring for grandchildren is not a choice. Parents either cannot find good day care or can’t afford it.

‘Revolutionary’ plan: Universal preschool

August 10, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Laura Mecoy

Los Angeles’ preschool proposal will bring new interest in developing widely available early childhood education. “If they can make it work in L.A., what’s the excuse for New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago and Houston not to do the same thing?” asked Steven Barnett, director of Rutgers University’s National Institute for Early Education Research.