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Putting Kids First


August 16, 2002 AccessQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
Jill Stewart

Finally, a government initiative that makes sense - and we've got Meathead to thank for it.

‘Revolutionary’ plan: Universal preschool


August 10, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Laura Mecoy

Los Angeles’ preschool proposal will bring new interest in developing widely available early childhood education. “If they can make it work in L.A., what’s the excuse for New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago and Houston not to do the same thing?” asked Steven Barnett, director of Rutgers University’s National Institute for Early Education Research.

LA Preschools to Receive $100 Million


August 9, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Carla Rivera

A commission voted Thursday to spend $100 million in tobacco tax money on a broad-based system of all-day preschools that would be free for all Los Angeles County toddlers. The initiative initially will target 3- and 4-year-olds and seek to dramatically expand existing services, including Head Start programs, child-care centers and home-based family child care….

School plan qualifies for ballot in Florida


July 31, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Tere Figueras

Free pre-K classes proposed

Spending Up, but California Lacks Day Care


July 22, 2002 AccessEconomics and FinanceUniversal and Targeted
Barbara Whitaker

Although spending for child care has nearly quadrupled since 1996 in California, only one in seven parents is able to find a preschool or center-based care in the state, according to a study released Friday. Policy Analysis for California Education, a university-based independent research center, found that despite a $12 billion investment since 1996, which…

Opinion: European preschools should embarrass USA


July 17, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
John Merrow

Virtually every industrialized country in the world provides free, high-quality preschool for children regardless of family income. The United States is the opposite, and we should be embarrassed.

Cuomo and McCall Press Education, of the Preschool Variety


July 17, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Jason Begay

Andrew Cuomo focused on preschool children and literacy as he announced an education plan yesterday, echoing the plan released on Sunday by H. Carl McCall, his opponent for the Democratic nomination for New York governor. In their plans, Mr. Cuomo and Mr. McCall each stressed the need for a fully funded, universal prekindergarten program.

A Battle Over Preschool Education Looms


July 15, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Michael Peltier

Ruling last week on an initiative to provide preschool access to all 4-year-olds, the state’s highest court has left the door open for what could be the most emotionally charged and fiercest fight for the hearts and minds of Florida voters: The education of Florida’s children.

Universal preschool approved for ballot


July 12, 2002 AccessEconomics and FinanceUniversal and Targeted
Cathi Carr

Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas cited a recent estimate by a nationally recognized expert in education economics who said an investment in quality pre-kindergarten in Florida would save between $2 billion and $3 billion for each wave of 4-year-olds. Steve Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, said the…

High court OK’s ballot language for Dade mayor’s pre-K proposal


July 12, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Elaine de Valle

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday approved the ballot language for a proposed constitutional amendment to expand pre-kindergarten education statewide to 4-year-olds — a measure sponsored by the mayor of Miami-Dade County, Alex Penelas. If the measure is approved, the expanded pre-K program would be phased in by 2005, which Penelas says would allow the…