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Headstart Empowers Families by Offering Early-Education Programs for Kids


October 2, 2002
Erika Davila

Headstart is more than just a program for young children. Ultimately, the program strives to assist parents so they no longer need the services offered by the program and so they may one day no longer qualify for it.

Research shows learning gap starts before kindergarten


October 1, 2002
Fredreka Schouten, Gannett News Service

The report, dubbed “Inequality at the Starting Gate,” offers a detailed look at incoming kindergarten students. It found that the most impoverished kindergartners posted math scores 60 percent lower than children from the richest families on tests conducted for the survey.

All-Day Kindergarten Posts Big Gains


October 1, 2002 Outcomes

An intensive and expensive all-day kindergarten program in Montgomery County, Maryland has produced significant gains for poor children and helped them begin to catch up with higher-performing peers, a new study to be released today shows. Further, the report found that both poor and middle-class students in high-poverty schools — contrary to expectation — either…

Editorial: Prekindergarten Instruction Shapes Up As Wise Investment


September 30, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

[A]n amendment that would make prekindergarten available to all 4-year-olds has generated little controversy. The prekindergarten proposal is not some ambitious, feel-good government scheme, but a sound investment in Florida’s future.

Early Childhood Initiatives Improve Schools and Local Economies


September 30, 2002
Lance Davis

They recognize that communities promoting early childhood success will not only be attractive to working parents now, but will have a more competitive workforce in the future. As a result, a growing number of municipal officials across the country are taking leadership and creating partnerships to prepare young children for success in public education and…

Business Adds Muscle to Early Education Movement


September 29, 2002 AccessEconomics and FinanceUniversal and Targeted
Rosa A. Smith and Doriane Lambelet Coleman

Why has the influential CED [Committee for Economic Development] joined the battle cry for universal and quality child care? Because it makes good business sense and will ultimately save the nation lots of money.

Editorial: Improve Utah child care


September 27, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

There is an apparent disconnect between what working parents and their children need, what the private sector can provide and government’s appropriate role in training and regulating child-care providers. That may be because many policy-makers have considered child care a family issue.

Seattle City Council leaves espresso tax off November ballot


September 26, 2002
Bob Young

The Seattle City Council made it official yesterday: Seattleites will vote next September on a proposed espresso tax to benefit early-childhood-education programs. Backers of the dime-a-cup tax on espresso drinks wanted the measure to go before voters this November, but they submitted 30,000 signatures too late to be automatically included on the ballot.

Kindergarten’s Not Mandatory, but It’s Crucial


September 25, 2002 Outcomes
Solomon Moore

First-graders who don’t go to kindergarten are typically behind their peers in their academic and social development, and are more likely to flunk a grade in elementary school, educators say. The trouble is, making kindergarten mandatory costs money.

Day-care workers in Utah unfit?


September 25, 2002 Workforce
James Thalman

Study assails lack of training, terrible pay, state's inaction