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Report card: Colorado’s spending on preschool pales in comparison to national leaders


May 17, 2016 Economics and FinanceState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Ann Schimke

Colorado has sunk closer to the bottom of the pack for state preschool funding, according to an annual report card released Thursday. The state, which spends a paltry amount on preschool per pupil compared to top-scorers like Washington, DC, dropped from 35 to 41 in 2015. Only South Carolina and Mississippi spent less per child than Colorado….

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,”…

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…

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.

At this rate, it will take 150 years to enroll 75 percent of U.S. kids in quality preschool


May 13, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Valerie Strauss

Universal quality pre-kindergarten has been gaining support around the country for years now, with solid research showing that it has real and lasting benefits for children — despite what critics argue. But, according to a new report, there is a real problem  — while states are making real progress, others are moving at a snail’s…

Districts revamp pre-K in hopes of closing achievement gaps


May 13, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Melissa B. Taboada

After seeing minimal academic improvement among its youngest learners, the Manor school district is pumping an additional $1.2 million into its prekindergarten program. Beginning in August, the 4-year-olds enrolled in prekindergarten will get a full day of class, as the district does away with half-day pre-K programs and adds more one-on-one time, more science and…

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…