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Why should the federal government support high-quality early education?

June 5, 2017 AccessAssessmentState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Valerie Strauss

Every year the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, releases a report on state-funded prekindergarten programs in the United States. It is the only national report with detailed information on preschool enrollment, funding, teacher qualifications and other policies related to quality, such as the presence of a…

California’s preschools are deeply segregated, new report finds

October 14, 2016 AccessOutcomes
Deepa Fernandes

Preschools around the United States and in California are deeply segregated, a new report from Penn State finds. Around the country, white children are overwhelmingly going to preschool with only other white children, and more than half of all black and Latino children under five attend preschool where 90 percent of the students are children…

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Child-Care Problem

October 14, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceOutcomes
Elizabeth Dias

Meredith and Paul Tweed did their best to plan for parenting. They had successfully timed the birth of their first son, now 5, for the beginning of summer, since Meredith’s job as a university instructor did not offer paid maternity leave. When fall came, the Longwood, Fla., couple found an in-home child-care provider who charged…

In Indiana, GOP candidate touts school choice, backs slower preschool expansion

September 27, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local
Scott Elliot

In dueling speeches to education groups, Holcomb and Gregg laid out their plans

John King: We’ve Got Unfinished Education Business

September 22, 2016 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Lauren Camera

The education landscape has undergone a sea change under the Obama administration, but Education Secretary John King sees a handful of pressing issues he considers unfinished business, with early childhood education being chief among them. “There is a very large number of students in this country who don’t have access to high-quality early learning,” King…

NYC’s Universal Pre-K Is More Racially Segregated Than Kindergarten

September 20, 2016 Access
Alexandria Neason

New York City universal preschool classrooms are more racially segregated than kindergarten classrooms, according to a new report out today from the Century Foundation. While overall enrollment in the universal pre-k program is diverse, in one-sixth of preschool classrooms in the first year, more than 90 percent of all students came from the same racial…

Obama Administration Touts Early Childhood Ed Expansion

September 20, 2016 AccessEnglish Language Learners
Grace Smith

Today, hundreds of thousands more US children have access to high-quality early learning programs than when the Obama administration began. It was 2013 when President Obama announced his Preschool for All proposal that would establish a state-federal coalition to provide quality preschool for every four-year-old from low- and moderate-income households. After the initiative was put…

Universal Preschool Rollout Hits Snag Over Background Checks

September 19, 2016 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Tiffany Danitz Pache

Some children eligible for the first year of state-funded pre-kindergarten might not be able to start on time because of questions about who is responsible for overseeing security checks on private preschool providers. Some providers didn’t finish the needed security checks by the start of the school year. Superintendents have been warned by their trade…

Taskforce report shows positive signs for local pre-K

September 9, 2016 Access
Aaron Richardson

The number of at-risk 4-year-olds in Charlottesville and Albemarle County who have access to high-quality preschool programs is growing. In part, increased support for local early childhood programs and new collaboration among providers is allowing more families to be served. Additionally, a new study has revised the service gap projections to show that the number…

3,300 kids in Minnesota will enroll in free, voluntary pre-K programs this year

September 9, 2016 AccessUniversal and Targeted

Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith were joined by Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius in August to announce that beginning this fall, 3,302 fouryear olds in 74 Minnesota school districts and charter schools will attend voluntary pre-kindergarten, free of charge. These programs will save families thousands of dollars, while preparing Minnesota’s youngest learners for…