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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…

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.

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…