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The Empire State Leads the Way


March 18, 2014 AccessOutcomes

Two of New York’s most distinguished leaders who shared a family name (Roosevelt) were strong advocates for the 99 percent, long before that term was common with their campaigns for the “ Square Deal ” and the “ New Deal .” Today’s leaders are poised to echo their efforts with what might be called the “Real Deal.” A key…

Highly Qualified Teachers: The Workforce Early Education Needs and Deserves


June 3, 2013 OutcomesWorkforce

Well-trained, responsive, and effective teachers are essential to a high-quality early education program. While research has sometimes been murky on what the appropriate training and credentialing for early educators should be, a lack of good data has made it difficult in the past to explore the current situation. Recent research has helped shed some light on what…

Yes, Public Preschool is a Smart Investment


March 22, 2013 AccessOutcomes

Note: This blog post is in response to the question posed by The New York Times in its Room for Debate forum:  “Is Public Preschool a Smart Investment?” . Early education and care programs have two goals — child care so parents can work or go to school and education so children learn and grow optimally.  Unfortunately, much of what is called child…

The Perry Preschool Study and Head Start


March 8, 2013 Outcomes

This guest post is an open letter in response to The Wall Street Journal editorial “ Head Start for All .” Your Review & Outlook “Head Start for All” (Feb. 25) makes several incorrect claims about the HighScope Perry Preschool Study. As director of the study, I’d like to set the record straight. Your review claims that the Perry study…

Federal Proposal Would Build on State Efforts


February 26, 2013 AccessOutcomesQuality and Curriculum

President Obama’s call to action on early education is a watershed moment that has the potential to improve education for millions of American students. Ensuring all students have the opportunity to attend high-quality preschool, regardless of income and geography, is a key component of an effective education system that prepares students for success in school…

Reactions to the President’s Pre-K Speech and Proposal


February 15, 2013 Outcomes

The early childhood education (ECE) field is a-twitter with responses following President Obama’s announcement of federal investments in preschool for all during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Many have questions about how administration’s plan will approach preschool education. Will programs truly be of high quality? Will programs strike a balance between academics…

Early Education in the State of the Union Spotlight


February 12, 2013 AccessOutcomes

Rumors have been swirling that President Obama would address early childhood education in State of the Union speech, but there was still a thrill for early education advocates in hearing the President’s words rings out from the podium tonight. The full details of his early education plan will be revealed in coming days but inclusion…

Not Just Wishful Thinking


January 10, 2013 AccessOutcomes

Ensuring that all our children are ready to succeed when they enter kindergarten is a tremendous task, made much more difficult in the United States by high levels of poverty and low levels of parental education. One in four preschoolers lives in poverty, nearly half in low-income families. Twenty-seven percent are born to mothers without…

Early Education Stands at Attention


June 29, 2012 Outcomes

Millions of young people are having the door to military service shut before them. According to  Mission: Readiness , an organization of retired military leaders seeking investment in young Americans to ensure the nation’s military remains strong, 75 percent of Americans age 17 to 24 are unfit for military service, largely due to failure to graduate high…

Missed Opportunities: Pre-K Lags for Hispanic Children


April 30, 2012 AccessEnglish Language LearnersOutcomes

Hispanic children and families have been hit particularly hard due to recent funding cuts in state-funded pre-K. While the State Preschool Yearbook  does not break down data by ethnicity, our data on state efforts combined with other sources paints a troubling picture for Hispanic preschoolers, especially those growing up in a household where English is not the primary…