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Michael Bennet would rather have free preschool than free college, he tells Soapbox crowd


August 12, 2019
Austin Cannon

Speaking to hundreds of potential Democratic caucusgoers during the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado used some of his time to talk about the presidential candidate who would take the stage next. Bennet, responding to questions from the crowd at the  Des Moines Register Political Soapbox , said he doesn’t believe in completely eliminating college…

Starting from behind: Montana’s students face academic challenges from the start


August 12, 2019
Cameron Evans

Students entering the Montana University System are already behind, with only 33% achieving the required minimum ACT score of 22, according to state data from the 2017–2018 school year. But the achievement gap for students starts at an early age in Montana — one of fewer than 10 states without a permanent publicly funded preschool program — despite data that…

Child care providers push California to boost pay for early education teachers


August 9, 2019
Zaldee Stavely

When a preschool teacher at a San Mateo center began to struggle to interact with children, supervisors became concerned. The reason for the teacher’s drop in performance? She was hungry. “Our teachers are having to make choices between rent and food and getting to work,” said Heather Cleary, CEO at Peninsula Family Service, which runs…

California Governor Highlights Investments in Early Childhood, Including Child Care and Preschool


August 9, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom highlighted on Thursday his historic investment in early childhood education of over $2 billion in this year’s budget, and his Gavin Newsom official photocommitment to creating and implementing a master plan for early education to ensure that all children in California have the critical foundation they need for healthy development and learning…

Study: Preschoolers With TV In Bedroom More Likely To Have Weight Problems, Poor Social Skills


August 9, 2019
John Anderer

Young children, specifically around the ages of four or five, can be a handful to say the least. Preschool aged children are full of energy and curiosity, which often leads to bewildered parents placing their kids in front of the TV so they can take a much needed break. It may be tempting for parents…

Kicking kids out of preschool is damaging, experts say. So why is it still happening?


August 5, 2019
Erin Einhorn

In Houston, Emma Tsai’s rambunctious 3-year-old son was kicked out of four preschools near his home – including one that expelled him after just a few hours for jumping around and ignoring safety precautions. In New York City, Debra Sinclair said she felt lost and alone when a few incidents of kicking and biting got…

NYC union members approve a contract deal that includes massive raises for some pre-K teachers


August 5, 2019
Christina Veiga

Some preschool teachers will see their pay increase by as much as $20,000 after union members voted Thursday night to approve a labor agreement that has  been touted as historic . The deal with District Council 1707’s Local 205 significantly boosts salaries for about 300 teachers who work in publicly funded but independently run programs, bringing them on-par with…

State earmarks $475,000 to expand preschool access on Long Island


August 2, 2019
Melissa Koenig

Long Island could be getting one step closer to implementing a universal preschool program with the allocation of $475,000 from the state budget to fund an initiative called the Regional Pre-K Technical Assistance Center. The money was granted on July 23 to Nassau BOCES’ Long Island Pre-K Initiative, which would oversee the center. The funds…

Why Online Preschool is a Terrible Idea


August 2, 2019
Mathew Lynch

It used to be that parents sent their young children to kindergarten to prepare them for elementary school. Now things have developed to the point where parents are sending their 3 – 4-year-olds to preschool to prepare them for kindergarten! What is the world coming to? It’s becoming a place where there is no time…

Preschool teachers ask children too many simple questions


August 2, 2019
Jeff Grabmeier

When preschool teachers read books in their classrooms, the questions they ask play a key role in how much children learn, research has shown. But a new study that involved observing teachers during class story times found that they asked few questions — and those that they did ask were usually too simple. Only 24…