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MTG: Pre-K programs grow significantly–not not in Idaho


May 26, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local
Kevin Richert & Michelle Edmonds

Across the country, states spent $6.2 billion on pre-K programs in 2014-15, a $553 million increase. The city of Boise is helping to fund a pre-K pilot program in the Boise School District. These programs served nearly 1.4 million students, up more than 37,000 from the previous year. The National Institute for Early Education Research…

Starting early


May 26, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
Natalie Krebs

After some deal-making, CPS and Preschool Promise will ask voters to fund universal preschool

How one poor Brooklyn preschool is competing with the best


May 26, 2016 AccessOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Kathleen Lucadamo

Student engagement and positive reinforcement like this, experts say, is a sign of a quality prekindergarten program. The Brooklyn school is one of hundreds of preschools across New York City to receive high marks, according to recent results of the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS). But what makes this center unusual is that it…

Bringing brain development 101 to kids who miss preschool


May 25, 2016 AccessOutcomes
Deepa Fernandes

The hidden lesson of the painting activity demonstrates what makes Book Sprouts different from many daytime parenting gatherings. The group, coordinated by the social service agency Children’s Bureau, aims to give parents the skills to bolster their children’s development and help close the gaps between children who are enrolled in preschool and those who miss…

D.C. school choice makes Pre-K access tops in the nation


May 25, 2016 AccessState & Local
Emily Leayman

For the third school year, D.C. was ranked first in the nation for Pre-K per-student funding and enrollment. Sara Mead, a D.C. Public Charter School Board member and Pre-K expert, believes the numerous choices of 120 public charter schools and traditional charter schools helped D.C.’s universal Pre-K program claim the top spot. “Having that variety…

Idaho Still Lacks State-Funded Preschool


May 24, 2016 Access
Stephen Reiss

Idaho was among eight U.S. states without a state-funded preschool program last school year, according to new report. “The State of Preschool” is a yearly report from the nonpartisan National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University. Other states that don’t have a preschool program are Indiana, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota,…

Preschool — The solution to black achievement gap?


May 24, 2016 AccessAssessmentEconomics and FinanceOutcomes
Mackenzie Ryan

It’s mid-morning, and Evevett Fugate has been up all night. She takes her youngest, Ovalia, to preschool class for 4-year-olds, then picks her up at 11 a.m. Although Fugate’s overnight work allows her to attend school activities, she has enrolled Ovalia in early childhood programs since age 2 because she knows how vital is it for children to get an early jump on…

Springfield schools to spend $2.4M offer free, expanded preschool


May 24, 2016 AccessOutcomes
Katie Wedell

Hundreds of preschoolers in the Springfield City School District will be able to attend classes for free next year as it plans to spend $2.4 million on early childhood education. The commitment to fund free preschool beyond what state grants cover comes from the district’s belief that it’s the key to turning around poor test…

IBM and Sesame Workshop Aim to Personalize Learning for Preschoolers


May 19, 2016 AccessAssessmentOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Meg Conlan

Just call him Adaptive Learning Elmo. The Sesame Street icon and his peers — all longtime staples of early childhood educational programming — will soon draw on IBM Watson cognitive computing technology to personalize preschool learning experiences. The three-year collaboration between IBM and nonprofit Sesame Workshop will tap teachers, researchers, technologists, performers and other experts in their…

Free Preschool in Flint Will Mitigate Lead Effects


May 19, 2016 AccessOutcomes
Lawrence Daniel

A new free preschool in Flint will mitigate lead effects for young children by providing services to fight the impact that lead exposure has had on them. A free nationally accredited preschool will be available at Brownell Holmes Stern Academy through the Great Expectations pilot program.  The school district and the University of Michigan-Flint are running…