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Low pay, outdated ideas about field hurt early childhood educators: report


July 8, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce
Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz

Nearly half of child care workers in Illinois are part of families that rely on public assistance, according to a new report that calls for long-overdue action to improve the wages of the people tasked with caring for kids in the earliest years of their lives. Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley on…

Mayor says shrink size of Seattle preschool program


July 8, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Daniel Beekman & Paige Cornwell

The Seattle Preschool Program will have fewer spots than originally projected because the city will begin paying the program’s preschool providers more money per child.

Texas school districts receive $116 million in pre-K grants


July 6, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local
Julie Chang

The state has awarded  578 school districts  and charters more than $116 million in grants to boost their prekindergarten programs in the upcoming school year. Ten Central Texas school districts, including Austin, Round Rock and Leander, received some of the funds. House Bill 4,  one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature laws  passed last legislative session, promised to make funds available to boost the quality of…

Texas school districts receive $116 million in pre-K grants


July 6, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local
Julie Chang

The state has awarded  578 school districts  and charters more than $116 million in grants to boost their prekindergarten programs in the upcoming school year. Ten Central Texas school districts, including Austin, Round Rock and Leander, received some of the funds. House Bill 4,  one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature laws  passed last legislative session, promised to make funds available to boost the quality of…

Labor report shows early childhood education must become crucial investment


July 5, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Chrystian Tejedor

It’s past time to boost our investment in early childhood education. Educators who care for our children from birth to third grade have a pivotal role in preparing our children for school, but as a society we’re letting them down. A recent report issued by the U.S. Department of Labor suggests that low wages in…

Labor report shows early childhood education must become crucial investment


July 5, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Chrystian Tejedor

It’s past time to boost our investment in early childhood education. Educators who care for our children from birth to third grade have a pivotal role in preparing our children for school, but as a society we’re letting them down. A recent report issued by the U.S. Department of Labor suggests that low wages in…

Gov. Brown signs 2016-17 budget: $122 million in new spending


July 1, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Idyllwild Town Crier

On Monday, June 27, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed the legislative bill establishing the state budget for fiscal year 2016-17, which begins July 1. “This solid budget makes responsible investments in California and sets aside billions of dollars to prepare for the next recession,” said Brown in a press release. Total state spending is…

Gov. Brown signs 2016-17 budget: $122 million in new spending


July 1, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Idyllwild Town Crier

On Monday, June 27, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed the legislative bill establishing the state budget for fiscal year 2016-17, which begins July 1. “This solid budget makes responsible investments in California and sets aside billions of dollars to prepare for the next recession,” said Brown in a press release. Total state spending is…

Washington’s preschool program praised as one of the best in national report


June 30, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
John Higgins

A new national report explains how Washington and three other states have built high-quality early-education systems.

Washington’s preschool program praised as one of the best in national report


June 30, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
John Higgins

A new national report explains how Washington and three other states have built high-quality early-education systems.