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NC Pre-K one of only two state preschool programs in the nation that measure teaching quality and meet standards


January 18, 2019
Mandy Ableidinger

NC Pre-K provides high-quality preschool to eligible four-year-olds in North Carolina. The state’s preschool program scored significantly better than the average state preschool program on a recent nationwide assessment of preschool quality. NC Pre-K scores well on having rigorous, well-articulated early learning policies and using best practices. Notably, North Carolina is: One of only two…

NLC’s Early Learning Nation Expands


January 18, 2019
Todd Allen Wilson

The network of cities across the country that are taking decisive action to prioritize programs and policies that improve outcomes for young children is expanding. The National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute) selected eight cities as part of a new cohort of NLC’s technical assistance initiative, City Leadership for…

Red Hat, SAS leaders push for more slots for students in NC Pre-K


January 18, 2019
Debra Morgan

In response to a study out of Duke University that shows pre-kindergarten helps children succeed at least through eighth grade, a group of North Carolina CEOs has pulled together a series of recommendations to give that advantage to more students. As a parent, SAS CEO Jim Goodnight knows  the importance of early reading  for his children. As a business owner,…

Business leaders say NC must do more to provide Pre-K to those kids who most need it


January 18, 2019
T. Keung Hui

RALEIGH –Prominent North Carolina business leaders are calling on state leaders to sharply increase pre-kindergarten enrollment by more than 15,000 children so that 75 percent of the eligible children are served. NC Pre-K, the state’s program for at-risk 4-year-olds, serves 29,509 children. But business leaders say another 32,728 children who meet the program’s requirements aren’t…

The Pre-K Funding Debate: Formulas or Grants?


January 18, 2019
Aaron Loewenberg

As a new crop of governors and legislators take office in states across the country and attempt to make their campaign promises a reality, the issue of school funding formulas has been making the news. In Massachusetts, lawmakers are  considering a bill  that would reform the state’s school funding formula by accounting for the growing number of English-language…

What Are Governors Saying About Education in Their State of the State Addresses in 2019?


January 17, 2019
Julie Rowland Woods

The elections resulted in  big changes in state leadership , including a sizable cohort of 20 new governors. Because many governors appoint top education policy leaders in their states, they play a key role in setting their state’s education policy agenda. So, what are they planning for education in 2019 and beyond? To figure that out, we track governors’ State…

Raimondo gives details on universal pre-K program


January 17, 2019
Linda Borg

PAWTUCKET — Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposal for universal pre-kindergarten education would add 540 new seats during the first year, and, if the funding continues, would reach 6,000 more children by year four. A day after her State of the State address, Raimondo made her case for universal pre-kindergarten after posing for photographs with 4- and…

Change NC’s Pre-K funding to reach more children


January 17, 2019
Jim Goodnight

Almost 33,000 North Carolina four-year-olds could not go to preschool today – even though they are eligible for one of the highest quality programs in the country.  Why? In large part because of the way state funding for that program – NC Pre-K – is structured. Too many North Carolina counties simply do not have…

States Show Striking Variations on Best Places to Bring Up a Child


January 16, 2019
Daarel Burnette II

When it comes to setting a child up for success in America—at least when it comes to crucial education and socioeconomic factors—place matters more than ever. That’s the picture that emerges from analysis of the latest data in the Quality Counts 2019 Chance-For-Success Index. A rapidly evolving economy, dramatic demographic shifts, and  political discord  at the federal, state, and…

Unprecedented Milwaukee preschool effort aims to build literacy, curb later problems


January 15, 2019
Annysa Johnson

A lowercase “e,” it turns out, can be difficult to master. But Patrick Jagiello is endlessly patient. “Slide right, then circle around,” Jagiello tells 4-year-old Tarrell Harvey at the sign-in table in Mandy Sluss’ preschool class at Milwaukee’s Next Door Foundation. Tarrell follows his lead, but his “e” looks a little wobbly. “Here, I’m going to help you,” Jagiello…