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Day Care Teachers Threaten Strike


October 9, 2002 Economics and FinanceWorkforce
Michael Wilson

Workers who care for 60,000 children in New York City-sponsored day care have threatened to strike later this month because they have been unable to get a new contract. The city has said it does not have the money for pay raises, since it anticipates a $5 billion budget gap.

States Urge Congress to Extend Welfare Funding


October 7, 2002
Kavan Peterson, Staff Writer

With reauthorization of the welfare reform act stalled on Capitol Hill, state policymakers and welfare advocates are urging Congress to save the program from the chaos that uncertainty brings. Welfare officials say a multi-year commitment to federal funding is critical to ensure that welfare programs continue to function smoothly, particularly in states with two year…

Louisiana’s pre-K program top notch, study says


October 7, 2002 State & Local
Aesha Rasheed

Louisiana 4-year-olds who participated in the state’s prekindergarten program last year were better prepared to start kindergarten this year, a recent report on the program’s first year shows. After about five months of instruction, Louisiana’s pre-kindergarteners moved from near the bottom of the national scores to near the top.

Florida voters to decide on offering free preschool


October 6, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Gary Fineout

Nine years ago the state of Georgia became the first state in the nation to offer free pre-kindergarten classes to every 4-year-old. Now Florida voters will decide whether they want to spend as much as $650 million a year to do the same in the Sunshine State.

Child-Care Issue Frames Welfare Reform Debate


October 6, 2002
Jonathan Peterson

As Congress attempts to launch the next phase of welfare reform, the cost of child care has emerged as one of the biggest obstacles to moving ahead. With little fanfare, demand for child-care aid has skyrocketed, and child care now costs taxpayers more than $10 billion a year.

Funding tie-up hurting New York pre-K program


October 5, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Brenda McGarry

In 1997, New York passed sweeping legislation that promised to create a Universal Pre-K program for all 4-year-olds in the state within five years. But partisan politics tied up funding in the state budget, according to Karen Schimke, president of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, an Albany group supportive of UPK.

San Jose plan seeks to improve child care


October 3, 2002
Katherine Corcoran

The city of San Jose has a new, four-year strategic plan that aims to increase the number of slots in licensed child care and to improve the education of people working with young children in an effort to get more kids ready for school. According to the plan, adopted by the city council this week,…

Editiorial: Tough Economy Reveals Welfare Reform’s Successes


October 3, 2002

Rates for child poverty and insurance coverage remained unchanged. That children were protected in a recession amounts to a tremendous success story for both welfare reform and the push to expand health care coverage for children.

Child-care costs outstrip inflation growth in U.S


October 3, 2002
Sue Shellenbarger

Runzheimer International, a Rochester, Wis., relocation consulting firm, says child-care prices in 75 cities rose an average 6.4 percent last year, more than twice the consumer-price inflation rate, based on a survey of several hundred child-care centers. A serious problem, of course, is that the rising costs leave out hundreds of thousands of children whose…

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.