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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…

Early Childhood Legislative Symposium emphasizes first five years of life


September 27, 2016 Assessment
Sara Knuth

With a presentation that featured numbers in the half-millions on Thursday, local educators wanted a room filled with community leaders, political candidates and parents to focus on just a few: the first five years of life. The 13th annual legislative symposium, hosted by the ECHO and Family Center Early Childhood Council, featured presentations from local…

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…

Goodnight, pre-K gap


September 1, 2016 AssessmentOutcomes
Yahoo! News

For at least a half century, the United States has tried to better prepare young children for kindergarten, especially those from poor and minority households. The results have been rarely encouraging. The gap in readiness for school among children by both race and income seemed as gloomy as Eeyore. That is, until researchers, sifting through…

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…

Early Childhood Battle In Indiana Continues


July 11, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
WIBQ

The battle for quality Pre-K education in Indiana continues as the November election draws near. Governor Mike Pence had pushed for a pilot program called  On My Way Pre-K , but then rejected millions of dollars in federal funding. Pence is in a tough battle for re-election, and has expressed renewed interest in the federal money. State Superintendent of…

Early Childhood Battle In Indiana Continues


July 11, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
WIBQ

The battle for quality Pre-K education in Indiana continues as the November election draws near. Governor Mike Pence had pushed for a pilot program called  On My Way Pre-K , but then rejected millions of dollars in federal funding. Pence is in a tough battle for re-election, and has expressed renewed interest in the federal money. State Superintendent of…

Missouri to allow rating systems for preschool


June 27, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Shelby Rowe

Before last week, Missouri was the only state in the nation that prohibited quality rating systems for preschools. However, Gov. Jay Nixon signed a law Wednesday that allows early childhood education centers to opt into a voluntary quality rating system. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is still working out the details, but the…

Missouri to allow rating systems for preschool


June 27, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Shelby Rowe

Before last week, Missouri was the only state in the nation that prohibited quality rating systems for preschools. However, Gov. Jay Nixon signed a law Wednesday that allows early childhood education centers to opt into a voluntary quality rating system. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is still working out the details, but the…

New Missouri law will establish childcare quality ratings system


June 23, 2016 Assessment
Linda Russell

Choosing a childcare provider for your little one is one of the hardest decisions a parent has to make. A new law signed by Governor Nixon Wednesday in Springfield will help Missouri parents be more informed in that choice. Every parent hopes the place their little ones go while they’re at work is safe, educational…