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New coalition pushes to expand state-funded pre-K


August 16, 2016 AccessEconomics and Finance
Eric Weddle

A coalition of business, government, education and philanthropic leaders say they are determined to push state lawmakers to expand state-funded preschool in the upcoming legislative session. “All IN 4 Pre-K” is a new advocacy group that includes Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, outgoing Eli Lilly CEO John Lechleiter, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Early Learning…

What do preschool teachers need to do a better job?


August 16, 2016 Economics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumWorkforce
Lillian Mongeau

One city’s attempt to professionalize early education could be a model for the nation

Ohio preschool funding policy cuts millions from schools serving poorest kids


August 10, 2016 AccessEconomics and Finance
Sara Dorn

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services plans to ban a funding mechanism that allows preschools to receive money from multiple public sources. It’s a policy change that could save the state about $12 million annually. But it has Cuyahoga County preschool providers – particularly those serving children in poverty — scrambling to figure out…

U.S. education chief gives Colorado kudos for early childhood efforts


August 2, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Ann Schimke

Colorado got a high-profile pat on the back Monday with a visit from U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, who lauded the state’s efforts to raise child care quality and improve early childhood systems. He whirled through Denver before heading to Delaware, where he’ll conclude a two-day tour meant to spotlight states that have…

What you should know about Hillary Clinton’s european-style child-care plan


July 29, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Mark Gimein

Just how popular is federal money for child care? Let’s put it this way: Ivanka Trump, daughter of the GOP candidate, made it a centerpiece of her introduction at the Republican National Convention, to plenty of applause. Even though her father hasn’t actually proposed anything of the sort. A concrete child-care proposal comes from Hillary…

What you should know about Hillary Clinton’s european-style child-care plan


July 29, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Mark Gimein

Just how popular is federal money for child care? Let’s put it this way: Ivanka Trump, daughter of the GOP candidate, made it a centerpiece of her introduction at the Republican National Convention, to plenty of applause. Even though her father hasn’t actually proposed anything of the sort. A concrete child-care proposal comes from Hillary…

Why Is Childcare Getting Even More Expensive?


July 18, 2016 Economics and Finance
Rebecca Greenfield

For many parents, putting a kid in daycare costs more than the rent. And the price continues to climb. The expense of childcare, which includes both daycare and nursery school, has outpaced inflation since the recession, according to data from the Department of Labor. From 2009 through 2016, the overall Consumer Price Index increased about 12…

Why Is Childcare Getting Even More Expensive?


July 18, 2016 Economics and Finance
Rebecca Greenfield

For many parents, putting a kid in daycare costs more than the rent. And the price continues to climb. The expense of childcare, which includes both daycare and nursery school, has outpaced inflation since the recession, according to data from the Department of Labor. From 2009 through 2016, the overall Consumer Price Index increased about 12…

Philadelphia’s Mayor took on big soda to fund pre-k, but will it pay off?


July 15, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Reed DesRosiers

In June, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) won a vicious and public battle against difficult odds. In his fight, the mayor positioned himself on the side of all that is just and right, a champion of the more than 17,000  low-income three- and four-year-olds in Philadelphia who lack access to quality public pre-K. The foe?…

Philadelphia’s Mayor took on big soda to fund pre-k, but will it pay off?


July 15, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Reed DesRosiers

In June, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) won a vicious and public battle against difficult odds. In his fight, the mayor positioned himself on the side of all that is just and right, a champion of the more than 17,000  low-income three- and four-year-olds in Philadelphia who lack access to quality public pre-K. The foe?…