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National Prekindergarten Expert Slams Misuse of Screening Tests to Determine Kindergarten Readiness


March 30, 2004

New Brunswick, NJ – Scores from a disability screening test are inaccurately and improperly being used as evidence that 84% of the state’s children are ready for kindergarten said a leading national expert on prekindergarten today. “Someone is trying to bamboozle the Florida Legislature into thinking that the good people of the state did not…

Study Shows 90 Percent of NJ Teachers to Meet Degree Deadline


February 27, 2004

Piscataway – A Rutgers University report released today said that 90 percent of preschool teachers in New Jersey’s 30 most disadvantaged school districts could earn a Bachelor’s degree with early childhood certification by the court-ordered deadline of September 2004. The report called for an extension of the certification deadline to September 2006. Citing the increase…

Survey Finds States Are Failing Nation’s Children With Inadequate Preschool Programs


February 19, 2004

A landmark survey of state preschool programs found that the states are “failing our nation’s children” with ten states spending nothing at all and the level of funding “embarrassingly low in many, perhaps most other states.” The 2003 State Preschool Yearbook released today also found that the quality standards of many state-funded preschool programs are…

Media Advisory: 50-State Survey points to States’ Failure to Invest in Quality Preschool


February 16, 2004

What The first State of Preschool report ranks all 50 states on quality of, resources for and access to state preschool programs for children in each state. The report identifies the states that set high standards for preschool programs and the states that provide no programs for their children. The report addresses the academic, law…

Op-Ed: We Don’t Want Kindergarten Cops


December 19, 2003

Imagine a “terrible twos” mindset, but in a stronger 5-year-old, a more irritable 13-year-old, or a much more cocky 19-year-old. Aggression doesn’t peak sometime in the teens as many think, but when we are much younger – just before the age of two, according to research on the brain and behavior. Time magazine reports in…

New Study Findings: Children Get Greater Boost in School, Thanks to High-Quality Preschool


October 28, 2003

Children who attend high quality, universal preschool programs enjoy better skills when they enter school, according to a powerful new Georgetown University study released today that points to teacher quality and pay in the public schools as likely reasons for improved readiness. The study, funded in part by The Pew Charitable Trusts, through the National…

Economic Expert Predicts High Returns on PNC Investment in Kids


September 8, 2003

A leading early childhood education expert today applauded the PNC Financial Services’ Grow Up Great initiative, the largest corporate financial commitment to early education, saying “it will dramatically improve the lives of children – while the rest of society gets a payoff as well.” PNC will fund early education programs in the states in which…

State Preschool Budgets Cut in Wake of Unprecedented Budget Crises


July 21, 2003

Nearly half of 18 polled states cut state preschool programs in state FY ’04 budgets, with the remaining half funding the programs only at previous year levels, said a leading early education policy expert. A poll taken by the National Institute for Early Education Research, a national early education think tank in New Brunswick, NJ,…

Leading Authority Disputes Child Care Statements


July 16, 2003

The head of the National Institute for Early Education Research took issue today with statements about a study of children in child care, calling them “a disservice to every parent who worries about making the best choice for their children. “Results like these, taken out of context, are of little help to parents who are…

Who’s Teaching Your Child?


July 9, 2003

New Brunswick, NJ – There’s no question about it: Three- and four-year-olds learn the most – socially, emotionally and academically – when their teachers have a college degree and some background in early childhood development, according to Steve Barnett, head of a national preschool research institute. The reverse is also true, said Barnett, a professor…