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Expand pre-K for more kids

June 14, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
The Editorial Board

For politicians, early childhood education is a case of a narrow window and a far horizon. In Pennsylvania, state legislators are too focused on that horizon. Abundant research on education and brain development shows that there is a relatively narrow window, between ages 3 and 5, in which to best establish a solid educational foundation…

Should N.J. expand public preschool?

June 9, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Diane D'Amico

Only about a third of all children in the state have access to free public preschool. A new legislative effort to expand the program has many supporters, but also many hurdles to overcome. Nationally, public preschool is slowly expanding. In 2003, the first year of the State of Preschool Yearbook published by the National Institute…

5 reasons you should enroll your kid in preschool

June 8, 2016 AccessOutcomes
Paulette Parker

In the fall, my youngest daughter will start preschool.Even though the thought of dropping her off and leaving her with strangers for the first time in her life causes me angst, I plan to fight through it. But I’d be lying if I said I haven’t considered if she even needs to go. I mean,…

Study: Preschools top home-based case in preparing children for school

June 8, 2016 AccessOutcomesQuality and Curriculum

Children receiving formal, classroom-based preschool accept significantly higher-quality caring and have improved reading and math skills than peers who accept spontaneous child caring before kindergarten, according to a new investigate by a University of Virginia and other institutions, published this week in Child Development. Currently many immature children in a United States – about 50…

NIEER Releases Data on State Policies to Support DLLs

June 6, 2016 AccessAssessmentEnglish Language LearnersOutcomesQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
Amaya Garcia

Last fall my three-year-old son enrolled in a public pre-K program at a local elementary school in Washington, D.C. At our first meeting with his teacher, she asked us questions about what languages we spoke at home and whether our son spoke a language other than English. I was thrilled to be asked these questions…

Putting early education front and center in Mass.

June 3, 2016 AccessOutcomesState & Local
Shirley Leung

House Speaker Bob DeLeo is done talking about the value of preschool education. It’s time to get it right in Massachusetts. This week DeLeo began meeting with a group of business leaders to develop a plan on how the state could increase not only access to early education but improve quality. His goal: Come up…

Supporting Dual Language Learners in Early Learning Settings

June 3, 2016 AccessEnglish Language LearnersOutcomesQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
The White House

Today the White House is announcing a new  Federal policy statement  from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education on better supporting our country’s youngest dual language learners (DLLs) in early childhood programs. The Obama Administration will be joined by public and private sector organizations that will also announce new commitments to support DLLs. Additionally,…

Kentucky Preschools Dropped Enrollment in 2015, But Increased Per-Student Funding

May 31, 2016 AccessAssessmentOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Rob Canning

A new report from a non-profit early education advocacy group shows that Kentucky is among states improving in the number of state dollars spent for Pre-Kindergarten education programs. According to “The State of Preschool Yearbook” by The National Institute for Early Education Research, the 2014-2015 school year saw improvement in state-by-state Pre-K funding across the…

Preschool Offers Barter Program to Help Parents Offset Tuition Costs

May 31, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local
Carolina Pichardo

A local preschool’s work-study grant program lets parents barter their skills for a preschool tuition break, making the process of going back to work a lot easier and more affordable, its director says. When the Osher Learning Center on 50 Overlook Terrace opened in 2011, the goal was to provide an affordable and nurturing educational environment, where kids…

Texas Needs Universal Pre-K Access

May 27, 2016 AccessState & Local

Funding early childhood education should not be a partisan issue. It’s an investment in the future of the next generation and a crucial component in ensuring the economic growth of our country. Research shows children who receive early childhood education have better health and education outcomes than their peers who don’t have such access. In…