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Hawaii’s state-run preschool programs receive first report card, indicates room for improvement


May 16, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Max Dible

State funded pre-kindergarten education still has a long way to go in Hawaii despite significant progress in 2014-15, according to a report by the nonpartisan National Institute for Early Education Research located at Rutgers University and made available by a press release from the Hawaii Children’s Action Network. Hawaii’s Executive Office on Early Learning (EOEL)…

Oklahoma remains a leader in pre-K education


May 16, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Edmondsun.com

Recently the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released its annual State of Preschool 2015 report, which ranked Oklahoma fourth in the nation in preschool access for 4-year-olds. While Oklahoma maintained its ranking from the previous school year, the state fell from 26th to 28th in state funding. Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma’s State Superintendent of…

Assessment praises New Mexico’s pre-K progress


May 16, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Kim Burgess

 New Mexico has made strides on pre-kindergarten education, climbing from 28th to 18th in the nation for spending on pre-K programs. The new 2015 State Preschool Yearbook, released last week by Rutgers University’s National Institute of Early Education Research, complimented the state’s “significant progress through a concerted effort to increase enrollment and funding and improve…

What should quality child care look like?


May 16, 2016 Economics and FinanceOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Shannon Nickinson

The man who is at the top of the state’s heap when it comes to early learning acknowledges the limitations when it comes to talking about what quality should look like. And how a parent can get guidance about how to make a good choice. “Quite candidly, it’s just as challenging as a state administrator,”…

Report: Nation’s preschools in dire need of funding


May 13, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Anne McNamara

A new national report says thousands of three- and four-year-olds are missing out on a valuable pre-K education. The National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University says the country’s preschools are in dire need of funding. But, at the Educare Denver School and Clayton Early Learning, students are bucking the trend. “You may…

Rutgers University report Vermont ranks 2nd in pre-K access


May 13, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Lola Duffort

Vermont is No. 2 in the country for access to pre-kindergarten, according to a new Rutgers University report — and quality standards, though lagging last year, are expected to improve with the implementation of Act 166 this fall. Access to high-quality preschool is growing modestly nationwide, according to the annual State of Preschool report published…

Study: Rhode Island near bottom for preschool enrollment


May 13, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
AP

 A study conducted by Rutgers University’s National Institute for Early Education Research ranked Rhode Island 41st out of 43 states for the number of 4-year-olds enrolled in pre-kindergarten. The New Jersey university’s “State of Preschool Report” judged state-funded preschool programs on class size, student-to-teacher ratio, length of instruction and other standards. Rhode Island was one…

Arkansas slips in pre-K offerings, according to national study


May 13, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local
Chris Hickey

An annual study shows Arkansas dropped from a ranking of 13 to 22 among states in the nation devoting resources to pre-kindergarten education. The National Institute for Early Education Research found that spending increased for pre-K nationwide in 2015 compared to the previous year, but Arkansas saw about a $1,255 decrease in spending per child…

We need a deeper dive into pre-K


May 13, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Sara Mead

An important report on state-funded pre-K nationally showcases the need for more data on locally driven pre-K programs.

At this rate, it will be a very long time before every child gets access to preschool


May 13, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Rebecca Klein

We’re making progress, but we need to do better.