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Madison School District plans to offer a voluntary, half-day kindergarten program for 4-year-olds


November 30, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Doug Erickson and Patricia Simms

The Madison School District will unveil plans next week for a voluntary, half-day program for 4-year-olds, extending a national trend toward schooling ever-younger children. Spurred by increasing pressure to improve test scores and convinced that getting to students earlier is an answer, Madison officials tout the initiative as the next step in attacking an achievement…

Editorial: Prepping for Preschool


November 29, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted

[I]t is only a matter of time before the movement for universal preschool education reaches the U.S. Capitol. In fact, some 42 states and the District of Columbia now offer some form of pre-kindergarten education, even if it is only to supplement Head Start, the federal program designed to bring early education to lower-income students….

The Preschool Push


November 26, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Cheryl Wetzstein

[P]owerful voices are now urging the United States to create government-funded preschool programs that are free to all children. With preschool fees prohibitive for many families, advocates say publicly funded preschools — like France’s “ecole maternelle” — would be an excellent way to engage all children.

Stille introduces pre-school bill


November 25, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

State Sen. Leon Stille, R-Grand Haven, has proposed legislation that would create a new learning program for Michigan’s pre-schoolers. It would be provided to all Michigan 4-year-olds without reducing funding for existing education, health and child development programs by the 2006 school year.

Comment: Tales Out of Preschool


November 25, 2002 AccessEconomics and FinanceUniversal and Targeted
Rebecca Mead

The provision of decent universal preschool education may seem like a pipe dream, but a study released last week by the National Institute for Early Education Research points out the economic benefits of providing high-quality, year-round, full-time programs. “Such programs pay for themselves, and then some,” Leonard Masse, a co-author of the report, says.

State begins sorting out details of Pre-K amendment


November 10, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Mandy Bolen

Now that Florida voters have determined all 4-year-olds should have access to preschool education, lawmakers have to figure out how to provide it. But educators, child-care providers, parents, teachers and anyone else with an interest in early childhood education are going to offer possible answers and a lot of opinions at a series of meetings…

Pre-K plan raises issues


November 8, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Laura Diamond

Questions about financing, school sites already surfacing

Push is on to start pre-K plan early


November 7, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Anita Kumar and Alicia Caldwell

Providing prekindergarten for 4-year-olds proved popular with Florida voters Tuesday, and now some politicians want to get the program running sooner than required. Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas, the initiative’s architect, said Wednesday that he expects to meet with the state’s early child care providers next week and then persuade the Board of Education and the…

Education gets a boost: Class caps, pre-K win


November 6, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Tyler Bridges

Amendment 8, which will make prekindergarten available to all 4-year-olds throughout Florida for no cost, easily won passage. [T]he pre-K amendment was approved without controversy, and it won’t cost anything next year unless legislators heed Mayor Penelas’ call to begin phasing in the program before required to by law.

Floridians set limits on class size, approve pre-K for all 4-year-olds


November 6, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Bill Hirschman

Frustration with inferior education and crowded classrooms powered victories for new Constitutional amendments Tuesday, including multi-billion-dollar projects to limit class size and to provide pre-kindergarten for all 4-year-olds. Almost everyone agrees pre-K jumpstarts children’s math, reading and learning skills, and provides early diagnoses of physical and learning disabilities.