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Gregg and Ritz unveil universal pre-K proposal


June 28, 2016 AccessGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
WANE Staff Reports

Two top Indiana Democrats on the ballot this November released a plan Thursday for developing a state-funded preschool program that would be available to all Indiana children regardless of family income. Former House Speaker John Gregg, who is running for governor, and state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz said their joint proposal would direct $150 million…

Gregg and Ritz unveil universal pre-K proposal


June 28, 2016 AccessGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
WANE Staff Reports

Two top Indiana Democrats on the ballot this November released a plan Thursday for developing a state-funded preschool program that would be available to all Indiana children regardless of family income. Former House Speaker John Gregg, who is running for governor, and state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz said their joint proposal would direct $150 million…

Preschool Expansion Proposal Aims To Close Opportunity Gap


June 27, 2016 AccessOutcomes
Elizabeth Kintz

Perhaps Plato got it right. Twenty-four centuries ago the Greek philosopher declared that, “The beginning is the most important part of any work, especially in the case of the young…” Educators and leadership within the Cape Cod Collaborative and the Dennis-Yarmouth and Monomoy Regional School Districts couldn’t agree more. The regional school districts, with the…

Preschool Expansion Proposal Aims To Close Opportunity Gap


June 27, 2016 AccessOutcomes
Elizabeth Kintz

Perhaps Plato got it right. Twenty-four centuries ago the Greek philosopher declared that, “The beginning is the most important part of any work, especially in the case of the young…” Educators and leadership within the Cape Cod Collaborative and the Dennis-Yarmouth and Monomoy Regional School Districts couldn’t agree more. The regional school districts, with the…

Post navigation Washington, D.C. — The pre-K capital where nearly all 4-year-olds (and most 3-year-olds!) go to school


June 24, 2016 AccessState & Local
Carolyn Phenicie

Dino-dances, stomach agriculture debates, and other adorable activities resounded across the city that morning, testifying to the fact that Washington, D.C. sends nearly all of its children to pre-K. Spurred by a landmark 2008 law, the District enrolls 85 percent or more of its four-year-olds (depending on who’s counting) and an even more remarkable 60-plus…

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Legislation to Make Early Learning More Accessible


June 23, 2016 Access

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (H.R. 5170), bipartisan legislation that would expand effective social interventions, like early learning programs. Sponsored by Representatives Todd Young (R-IN) and John Delaney (D-MD), this legislation would allow private and philanthropic investors to enter into contracts with the government…

Getting the (very) young in school


June 23, 2016 Access
James Fisher

Preschool hasn’t always been front and center when it comes to education spending. But Delaware is gaining ground, Gov. Jack Markell said Wednesday in visiting a Georgetown preschool center that’s been helped by a sought-after federal grant. The governor spent time at a Parents and Children Together at Tech United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware, or…

Kid count survey shows Idaho has low percentage of kids in preschool


June 23, 2016 Access
Misty Inglet

According to a 2016 kid count study by Idaho Voices for Children, 69 percent of young children in Idaho are not enrolled in early education programs. The survey shows 31 percent of kids ages 3 through 4 are not in any type of preschool. Idaho STARS and the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District said kids who don’t…

Access to quality pre-K in WV outpaces other states


June 20, 2016 AccessOutcomes

Many 3- and 4-year-olds still lack access to high-quality preschool education despite modest gains in enrollment, quality, and funding, according to an annual report by the nonpartisan National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University. While several states made significant progress through a concerted effort to increase enrollment and funding and improve quality,…

Support Exists for Expanding Public Pre-K; But Scope, Funding Questions Remain


June 16, 2016 AccessOutcomesUniversal and Targeted
Dustin Grove

Preparing Indiana’s youngest for that first day of kindergarten is something Lafayette Community Schools Superintendent Les Huddle says shouldn’t wait. “Having that access or opportunity for every student would be a huge step forward for our entire state,” said Huddle. Indiana Superintendent for Public Instruction Glenda Ritz agrees. This month, she called on state lawmakers…