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Peduto: Preschool most important issue for reducing crime


June 30, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Bob Bauder

Pittsburgh needs $20 million annually to meet a goal of enrolling every income-eligible child in high-quality preschool, officials said Tuesday. Mayor Bill Peduto suggested that the city, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pennsylvania and local foundations and corporations commit to sharing the costs for 10 years. “I’m 100 percent behind what you’re doing here,” Peduto told educators…

Peduto: Preschool most important issue for reducing crime


June 30, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Bob Bauder

Pittsburgh needs $20 million annually to meet a goal of enrolling every income-eligible child in high-quality preschool, officials said Tuesday. Mayor Bill Peduto suggested that the city, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pennsylvania and local foundations and corporations commit to sharing the costs for 10 years. “I’m 100 percent behind what you’re doing here,” Peduto told educators…

Preschool, child care centers scramble as key funding source ends in LA


June 29, 2016 Economics and Finance
Dorlan Merina

More than 260 preschool and child care centers in L.A. County are losing a key funding source this month, sending teachers, parents and providers scrambling to fill the gap. The loss of funds is not a surprise. It’s the result of an expiring contract between the non-profit Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) — which funds…

Preschool, child care centers scramble as key funding source ends in LA


June 29, 2016 Economics and Finance
Dorlan Merina

More than 260 preschool and child care centers in L.A. County are losing a key funding source this month, sending teachers, parents and providers scrambling to fill the gap. The loss of funds is not a surprise. It’s the result of an expiring contract between the non-profit Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) — which funds…

Toolkit Offers Ideas for Generating Local Early Childhood Education Revenue


June 27, 2016 Economics and Finance
Aaron Loewenberg

When the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) recently released its  annual summary  of state-funded pre-K programs, they found only  modest gains  in pre-K access, quality, and funding for three- and four-year-olds across the country. While average state spending per child enrolled in pre-K  increased by $287  in 2015 to a national average of $4,489 per child, this funding level still…

Toolkit Offers Ideas for Generating Local Early Childhood Education Revenue


June 27, 2016 Economics and Finance
Aaron Loewenberg

When the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) recently released its  annual summary  of state-funded pre-K programs, they found only  modest gains  in pre-K access, quality, and funding for three- and four-year-olds across the country. While average state spending per child enrolled in pre-K  increased by $287  in 2015 to a national average of $4,489 per child, this funding level still…

Is preschool the best job-training program?: Cleveland Connects: The First 2,000 Days


June 20, 2016 Economics and FinanceOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Sara Dorn

The skills employers value most, some experts contend, are not learned in high school or college and can’t be measured by standardized tests. The ability to problem-solve, plan, stay organized and deal with clients and co-workers — so-called “soft skills” —are best learned in preschool, when children’s brains are sponges and every experience helps form…

Preschool Teachers Paid Much Less Than Kindergarten Counterparts


June 16, 2016 Economics and Finance
Brenda Flanagan

As teacher Raquel Lima leads her excited 4-year-olds in a counting song she knows she’s lucky because Clifton’s part of a special, federally-funded preschool program. That means Lima earns a salary that’s comparable to other teachers in Clifton’s public schools. Most pre-K teachers earn less. A lot less. “I have been there. My first job out…

Ohio Preschool Teachers Among Lowest Paid in U.S., Federal Report Finds


June 15, 2016 Economics and FinanceState & Local
Sara Dorn

Ohio preschool teachers make less than their peers in 48 states, and their median salary is low enough to qualify families of four for food stamp benefits, according to a report from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education. Only Utah and Arizona preschool teachers have lower median salaries than the $23,690…

Early Childhood Educators Woefully Underpaid


June 15, 2016 Economics and Finance
Lauren Camera

Early childhood educators, who are tasked with helping children build a solid foundation for academic, health and social achievement, are woefully underpaid, argues a  new report from the Obama administration – some even earning so little that they qualify for public benefits. “Undervaluing the nation’s early childhood educators flies in the face of what we know about…