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A push for preschool for all


October 11, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Katherine Corcoran

Packard Foundation wants to make state model for nation

Florida voters to decide on offering free preschool


October 6, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Gary Fineout

Nine years ago the state of Georgia became the first state in the nation to offer free pre-kindergarten classes to every 4-year-old. Now Florida voters will decide whether they want to spend as much as $650 million a year to do the same in the Sunshine State.

Funding tie-up hurting New York pre-K program


October 5, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Brenda McGarry

In 1997, New York passed sweeping legislation that promised to create a Universal Pre-K program for all 4-year-olds in the state within five years. But partisan politics tied up funding in the state budget, according to Karen Schimke, president of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, an Albany group supportive of UPK.

Editorial: Prekindergarten Instruction Shapes Up As Wise Investment


September 30, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

[A]n amendment that would make prekindergarten available to all 4-year-olds has generated little controversy. The prekindergarten proposal is not some ambitious, feel-good government scheme, but a sound investment in Florida’s future.

Business Adds Muscle to Early Education Movement


September 29, 2002 AccessEconomics and FinanceUniversal and Targeted
Rosa A. Smith and Doriane Lambelet Coleman

Why has the influential CED [Committee for Economic Development] joined the battle cry for universal and quality child care? Because it makes good business sense and will ultimately save the nation lots of money.

Universal Preschool a Daunting Task


September 16, 2002 AccessGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Carla Rivera

A Los Angeles County commission attracted wide attention last month when it resolved to spend $100 million in the first steps toward a universal preschool system. Many experts applaud the Los Angeles preschool initiative but warn that it faces significant barriers–especially to finding political leaders to champion the project and to uniting the often squabbling…

Universal pre-school education promoted in Rochester


September 12, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Donna Jackel

All 3- and 4-year-olds in America should have access to free, quality early childhood education. That was the message that the heads of the Committee for Economic Development (CED), a Washington-based policy group, delivered to local politicians and business leaders at a breakfast this morning.

Goal: preschool for every kid


September 3, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Nancy Moffett

Chicago’s mayor wants to lead the nation’s cities by ensuring that every Chicago 3- and 4-year-old, regardless of family finances, gets the chance to go to preschool. To that end, Daley will announce today he’s convening an October conference of city and school leaders and experts to seek a five-year plan for citywide access to…

Florida Governor endorses pre-K proposal


August 27, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Lesley Clark

Gov. Jeb Bush on Monday moved to soften his approach, endorsing a proposal to offer free pre-kindergarten classes to every 4-year-old in the state. The pre-kindergarten plan is estimated to cost between $425 million and $650 million a year, but Bush said the proposal “allows for some creative ways” to boost existing pre-kindergarten programs.

Providing preschool for all


August 19, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Katherine Corcoran

It’s not quite universal preschool, which would guarantee all 3- and 4-year-olds a free early childhood education. But the New Haven Unified School District in Union City is getting as close as it can, and closer by far than anywhere else in California.