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Dallas ISD’s pre-K enrollment hits 11,000 for the first time


September 9, 2016 AccessOutcomes
Corbett Smith

After recent concerns about meeting enrollment projections, Dallas ISD’s early childhood program had good news to give to trustees during Thursday’s board briefing. The pre-K program hit its revised goal of adding 700 new students and now has an enrollment over 11,000 students for the first time in district history. “Obviously, that makes us tremendously…

For child care, long waiting lists getting longer


September 7, 2016 Access
Yadira Lopez

Four-year-old Nadia already had child care lined up when she was 6 months… in the womb. To get a spot, said her mother Amanda Bailey, you have to start as early as possible. Local providers say that waiting lists have always been the norm, but in recent months, many have reported a sharp increase in…

Hillary Clinton’s Preschool Revolution


September 7, 2016 AccessAssessmentEconomics and FinanceOutcomesUniversal and Targeted
Lillian Mongeau

For the first time in U.S. history, Americans may be about to elect a president whose signature issue is early childhood. “If we want our children to thrive in tomorrow’s economy, we must invest in our children’s future today, starting with our youngest learners, especially those from our most vulnerable and at-risk communities,” Hillary Clinton…

Prioritizing Preschool


September 6, 2016 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Nora Doyle-Burr

Ivann Ordway, 4, joined several of his classmates as they explored their new preschool classroom at Bradford Elementary School during an open house before school started. The program’s first day last Wednesday marked Ivann’s first ever day of school.  As a result of the state’s new universal preschool law, Act 166 — which went into effect…

Back-to-School Bus Tour Offers Look Back at Obama Education Agenda


September 2, 2016 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Lauren Camera

Secretary of Education John King will host the last back-to-school bus tour of the Obama administration next week, with plans to make 12 stops across six states as he and Education Department officials travel from the nation’s capital south to their final destination in Louisiana. Along the way, King will tout the major successes of…

Cincinnati is nearly 4,000 high-quality preschool seats short of potential demand


August 31, 2016 Access
Bob Driehaus

Backers of near-universal preschool in Cincinnati would need to create as many as 3,900 new quality seats to serve the city’s preschool population if the school levy passes in November. That leaves Cincinnati Public Schools and the many private providers a huge gap to fill to serve all the families who opt for one or…

Preschool for All … Who Can Afford it


August 26, 2016 AccessEconomics and Finance
Mario Koran

Next year, San Diego Unified will offer preschool to all families. All families who can afford it, that is. Earlier this week, Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined Superintendent Cindy Marten to announce a “game changing” initiative to that would expand access to preschool. Faulconer and the city didn’t actually help fund the preschool initiative, called Pre-K for All. …

How free preschool may help poor kids when they become parents


August 24, 2016 AccessEconomics and Finance
Emily Badger

The first children of Head Start are old enough now to have children of their own. They’ve moved through high school — if they were able to get that far — and some much farther than that. They’ve entered the workforce and formed their own families. That means it’s increasingly possible to track the long-term…

New York City offers a model for early education


August 23, 2016 AccessAssessmentOutcomesQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
Reggie Dogan

During the first few years of life, a child learns so much about themselves and the world around them, and parents are their first teachers. Parents, at their best, teach their children how to speak, how to walk, how to feed themselves. They teach them the alphabet, shapes and colors, and in some instances how to…

New coalition pushes to expand state-funded pre-K


August 16, 2016 AccessEconomics and Finance
Eric Weddle

A coalition of business, government, education and philanthropic leaders say they are determined to push state lawmakers to expand state-funded preschool in the upcoming legislative session. “All IN 4 Pre-K” is a new advocacy group that includes Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, outgoing Eli Lilly CEO John Lechleiter, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Early Learning…