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Editorial: Pre-K is a good investment for Florida

October 30, 2002 Economics and Finance
Alex Penelas

Florida stands to save between $2 billion and $3 billion per each wave of 4-year-olds served — and that’s a conservative estimate. Steve Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, says the actual savings could be as high as $6 billion.

Day Care Teachers Threaten Strike

October 9, 2002 Economics and FinanceWorkforce
Michael Wilson

Workers who care for 60,000 children in New York City-sponsored day care have threatened to strike later this month because they have been unable to get a new contract. The city has said it does not have the money for pay raises, since it anticipates a $5 billion budget gap.

Business Adds Muscle to Early Education Movement

September 29, 2002 AccessEconomics and FinanceUniversal and Targeted
Rosa A. Smith and Doriane Lambelet Coleman

Why has the influential CED [Committee for Economic Development] joined the battle cry for universal and quality child care? Because it makes good business sense and will ultimately save the nation lots of money.

Move to restore kindergarten money lauded

August 5, 2002 Economics and FinanceState & Local
Scott W. Helman

School officials in Massachusetts lauded the Legislature’s override of a budget veto by Acting Governor Jane Swift that would have eliminated a $28 million statewide grant program for full-day kindergarten. Restoring the full-day kindergarten program was a leading priority for state Representative David Linsky, a Natick Democrat who led the fight at the State House…

Subsidized Child Care in Maryland Has Doubled Since 1990

August 1, 2002 Economics and Finance
Avis Thomas-Lester

The number of children in Maryland receiving federally subsidized child care has grown substantially in the past decade as parents previously on welfare took jobs and sought daily care for their children, state data show. But Maryland, like many states, still does not serve many children whose parents are among the working poor, saying there…

Opinion: A vote for the Children’s Trust — and why

July 31, 2002 Economics and Finance
Michael Putney

On Sept. 10, I’ll vote Yes to create a Miami-Dade Children’s Trust. I believe [David Lawrence, Jr.] when he says that for every dollar we spend early on to help troubled children and their parents, we save $7 later, not to mention myriad problems for the kids and society.

NC Senate Candidate Stresses Early Education

July 29, 2002 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
Mark Johnson

Former Gov. Hunt Joins Candidate at Wilson Day Care

Editorial: Governor Easley’s preemptive move to boost education funding is a dramatic, and appropriate, response to a judge’s order

July 26, 2002 Economics and FinanceState & Local

As legislators ponder and ponder and ponder some more on how to close a $1.5 billion shortfall in the state budget, a more immediate deadline looms: A judicial order to answer the needs of children at risk of failure in the state’s public schools. Governor Easley on Wednesday offered his answer in the form of…

Spending Up, but California Lacks Day Care

July 22, 2002 AccessEconomics and FinanceUniversal and Targeted
Barbara Whitaker

Although spending for child care has nearly quadrupled since 1996 in California, only one in seven parents is able to find a preschool or center-based care in the state, according to a study released Friday. Policy Analysis for California Education, a university-based independent research center, found that despite a $12 billion investment since 1996, which…

Universal preschool approved for ballot

July 12, 2002 AccessEconomics and FinanceUniversal and Targeted
Cathi Carr

Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas cited a recent estimate by a nationally recognized expert in education economics who said an investment in quality pre-kindergarten in Florida would save between $2 billion and $3 billion for each wave of 4-year-olds. Steve Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, said the…