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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

Education Column: For Head Start Children, Their Turn at Testing

December 4, 2002 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Jacques Steinberg

The Bush administration intends to require each of the 500,000 4-year-olds in the federal Head Start program to sit for a standardized examination measuring such information as how many letters and numbers they can recognize, and whether they know how to hold a book right side up. They will then take the same exam the…

Seeking grade-A preschool: Bill would pour $1 billion into early childhood education

December 1, 2002
Ed Hayward

Armed with polling data that show Bay State residents want more preschool options for children, a broad-based coalition plans to file legislation this week proposing a $1 billion, 10-year early-childhood education reform program. Major targets include establishing a system to improve the training of the preschool work force; promoting full-day kindergarten in all cities and…

Plan advocates preschool for all 3- to 4-year-olds

December 1, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Susan Herendeen

Universal preschool, which would guarantee access to quality child care for 3-and 4-year-olds, sounds like a long shot in an age of budget deficits and program cuts. But that’s what California’s new Master Plan for Education calls for, and the idea is taking root in several other states as well.

Madison School District plans to offer a voluntary, half-day kindergarten program for 4-year-olds

November 30, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Doug Erickson and Patricia Simms

The Madison School District will unveil plans next week for a voluntary, half-day program for 4-year-olds, extending a national trend toward schooling ever-younger children. Spurred by increasing pressure to improve test scores and convinced that getting to students earlier is an answer, Madison officials tout the initiative as the next step in attacking an achievement…

Technology playing greater role in early childhood education

November 29, 2002
Peggy Walker and Dawn White

Every day, new technology and studies define new and different ways for parents and child care providers to teach young children. Although educational computer programs seem to be the hot item right now, it’s important to remember that children still need interaction with other pupils and they still need plenty of hands-on activities.