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Advocates: Better pre-K begins with better pay


July 20, 2018
Robert Nott

State government leaders often tout increasing investments in early childhood programs. But experts and advocates say they’ve continued to overlook a significant barrier to improving and expanding such initiatives: poorly paid educators. Without higher wages for workers, several people told lawmakers gathered for a Thursday forum, the state doesn’t have much of a chance of…

Study: Tennessee pre-K program shows disappointing results


July 20, 2018

Dive Brief: Children attending Tennessee’s state-funded Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) program were more likely than those who didn’t attend the program to be receiving special education services and to get in trouble in school by 3rd grade, according to the latest results of  an ongoing study  by researchers at Vanderbilt University. The findings also show no differences in attendance rates…

Pennsylvania Supreme Court upholds Philadelphia soda tax


July 19, 2018
Laura McCrystal

In a victory for Mayor Kenney and his signature programs, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Philadelphia’s controversial tax on soda and other sweetened beverages. In a 4-2 majority opinion, the court found that the city had not violated state law by taxing the distribution of beverages.  Opponents of the tax had argued  that the levy amounted to double taxation because it is passed…

Federal Government Encourages Connections Between Head Start and Public Schools


July 19, 2018
Abbie Lieberman

After over a year with little mention of early care and education from the Trump administration, officials have recently been appointed to head up key offices in the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). While time will tell where these leaders’ priorities lie, there are a couple…

Are the Effects of State Pre-K Overrated?


July 19, 2018
Christina Samuels

Getting children on a path where they start school healthy and ready to learn is a goal everyone can agree on. But two new reports—an analysis of state preschool programs and standardized test scores, and a detailed followup to a 2015 study of Tennessee’s pre-K program—offer cautions about embracing state-run prekindergarten. Both say that the…

As Universal Pre-K Struggles to Secure a Nationwide Platform, It Finds Hope in Cities Like Chicago


July 18, 2018
Taylor Swaak

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s framework for an ambitious universal pre-K program in his city is the latest in a widespread national push for high-quality early education that is being driven at the local level. Emanuel, who’s been  trying to overhaul early education  for five years, intends to provide free, full-day pre-K to all of the city’s 4-year-olds — an estimated…

Measuring success at San Antonio’s public preschool program


July 17, 2018
Bekah McNeel

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — By the end of the school year, the playground at Pre-K 4 SA North Education Center looked like a dreamscape of “DIY Outdoor Learning Spaces.” The playground was divided into a series of yards, separated by gates, each with its own cozy reading nook and a music station equipped with unconventional…

Ohio Expected to Ban Most Suspensions, Expulsions for Youngest Students


July 16, 2018
Marva Hinton

Ohio is poised to become the latest state to take steps to limit school suspensions and expulsions for the state’s youngest learners. The state legislature has  passed a bill  that would ban the practices for students in pre-K to 3rdgrade who commit minor offenses starting in the 2021-2022 school year. Expulsion would remain an option for students who…

Who should pay for preschool for the middle class?


July 16, 2018
Lillian Mongeau

Here’s something you probably already know: High-quality preschool provides academic and social benefits for low-income children. Here’s something you may not know:  Preschool provides benefits, albeit smaller ones, for middle-class kids too . And yet, though most countries with developed economies offer public preschool as a standard benefit to all of their 4-year-olds, America does not. Instead, low-income parents here scramble for scarce public spots…

Pre-K scores fall. No surprise when Florida ranks 41st in funding


July 13, 2018
Scott Maxwell

Eight years ago, about 76 percent of students who had gone through Florida’s preschool program tested ready for kindergarten. The numbers weren’t bad. But we knew they could be better. So state leaders — knowing that kids who get a proper start in preschool often are more successful in school, college, careers and even avoiding…