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New Research Debunks Myths About Preschool


October 21, 2004

Children from families of modest income, not the poor, have the least access to preschool in the United States. That’s just one of the findings in a new study by the National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER) that debunks a number of myths or misconceptions about preschool. Commonly held beliefs challenged by the study…

New NIEER Research: Has The Time Arrived For All Children to Have Access to High Quality Preschool?


June 24, 2004

New Brunswick, NJ – A new research report released today examines the pros and cons of making publicly funded preschool programs available to all children versus only those who are at risk of failure. Making programs available to all, the findings suggest, could provide multiple benefits by improving the early education of disadvantaged children and…

Op-Ed: Pre-K Legislation Suffers from Political Bait and Switch: Another Florida Fiasco?


April 12, 2004

Florida’s citizens voted overwhelmingly to mandate “high quality” pre-kindergarten education for all of the state’s four-year-olds. This first of its kind referendum would move Florida from one of the few states without a coherent preschool program to a position of national leadership. Thus, education experts around the nation are watching the evolution of Florida’s pre-kindergarten…

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…