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Preschool Matters Today

Takeaways from New America and CEELO Blog Series on Early Learning and ESSA


September 5, 2017 AssessmentFederalGovernance and Accountability
Laura Bornfreund and Lori Connors-Tadros

September 18, 2017 is the  final deadline  for states to submit Every Student Succeeds Act plans for federal Department of Education review. Over the past four months, New America and CEELO have published a series of blogs on a wide range of topics by authors with diverse perspectives on early learning and education issues. Posts focused on how states could…

Why the Source of Preschool Funding Matters


September 2, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and Accountability
by Richard Kasmin

While research demonstrates the educational, economic, and social benefits of quality preschool, a portion of the public continues to see early learning as a social welfare program — babysitting for the poor — rather than education. From that perspective it makes little sense to provide the same universal access to preschool programs as to K-12…

In the Education Olympics Politicians Promise Much but Fail the First Hurdle


August 24, 2016 FederalGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and Curriculum
By W. Steven Barnett Ph.D.

As we celebrate Team USA’s success setting world records and earning medals at the 2016 summer Olympics, we cannot escape the fact America has fallen off a world class pace in education. The United States used to be a world leader in college graduation.  As recently as 1995 we were number one, but we have…