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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…

Why preschool critics are wrong


February 28, 2014 Access

In a recent blog on his Brookings Institution site, Grover Whitehurst  claims  that the preponderance of scientific evidence does not indicate lasting positive benefits from preschool.  Others disagree, he says, because they are not as “picky” about the evidence. As there is no disputing taste, I assume he means that the research he prefers is more…

The Profound Impact of Early Education


February 10, 2014 Access

Every family in the United States should be able enroll their child in good preschool program, beginning at age three and ought to have access to good child care–including that provided by themselves at home–for infants and toddlers.  The benefits would be profound for our children and the larger society, especially children from low-income families–half…

New York in a Preschool State of Mind


January 21, 2014 Access

This afternoon, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo presented his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015, including significant investment in state-funded pre-K. The Governor called for an investment of $1.5 billion over five years, starting with $100 million in its first year up to $500 million in its fifth year. This funding is meant in addition to…

Equity and Excellence: African-American Children’s Access to Quality Preschool


November 18, 2013 Access

A new paper, Equity and Excellence: African-American Children’s Access to Quality Preschool , by W. Steven Barnett and Megan Carolan at NIEER and David Johns of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans  (WHIEEAA), examines the critical issue of providing access to quality early childhood programs to African American children. In a collaboration with the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes  and the WHIEEAA, their brief addresses the inequities in access for African American children before…

Pre-K Returns to Capitol Hill


November 13, 2013 AccessWorkforce

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and actress Jennifer Garner discussed a bipartisan proposal to expand access to quality, early childhood education programs for children from birth to age 5. The Harkin-Miller-Hanna proposal, the Strong Start for America’s Children Act, is intended to strengthen…

Early Education in the Voting Booth


November 4, 2013 Access

Education policy is often a campaign issue for politicians and very heavily debated in both major political parties. Lately, preschool has made its way to the forefront of political debate for both sides since the President proposed his “Preschool for All” plan, proposing incentives for states to offer high quality universal preschool to all children during his 2013…

Switching Lanes: New Roadmap for New York Universal Prekindergarten


October 24, 2013 Access

While New York provides state-funded pre-K to 44 percent of its 4-year-olds , the state has consistently fallen short of the “universal” aim of its goals. A new effort from the Center for Children’s Initiatives (CCI) and The Campaign for Educational Equity (CEE) aims to change that, with today’s release of Making Prekindergarten Truly Universal in New York: A Statewide Roadmap . The Roadmap is the result not only of a rigorous research process, but also of several meetings…

Preschool Loans Provide the Dollars, but Do They Make Sense?


August 22, 2013 Access

The importance of early education for a child’s healthy development academically, socially and physically is undeniable ; but at what price? New York City Council speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn recently announced an initiative to offer middle class families subsidized loans for day care and preschool, starting with 40 loans in the first year. These loans would…

State-Funded Preschool in America in a “State of Emergency”


April 29, 2013 Access

Today NIEER released its most recent edition of The State of Preschool 2012: State Preschool Yearbook at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. This Yearbook marks a decade of data collection, from the 2001-2002 to 2011-2012 school years, tracking the changes in state-funded pre-K policies during some difficult financial times. Joining NIEER at the release were U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan;…