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NIEER Research Spotlights Pay Gaps for Public Pre-K Teachers


April 27, 2017 Economics and FinanceWorkforce

While most publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs require teachers to have the same credentials as kindergarten teachers, few require equivalent pay and benefits for pre-K teachers compared to kindergarten teachers, according to new research released today by the National Institute for Early Education Research. Teacher Compensation Parity Policies and State Funded Pre-K Programs compares teacher compensation in state-funded pre-K programs, based on data collected for…

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Child-Care Problem


October 14, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceOutcomes
Elizabeth Dias

Meredith and Paul Tweed did their best to plan for parenting. They had successfully timed the birth of their first son, now 5, for the beginning of summer, since Meredith’s job as a university instructor did not offer paid maternity leave. When fall came, the Longwood, Fla., couple found an in-home child-care provider who charged…

Gov. Nixon announces more than $1 million for early childhood education project in Maryville through Missouri Start Smart


October 5, 2016 Economics and Finance
Officer of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

Gov. Jay Nixon today announced a more than $1 million investment through Missouri Start Smart to expand access to quality early childhood education opportunities in Maryville, so that more Missouri children start kindergarten ready to succeed in school and beyond. The Governor announced that through the Missouri Start Smart initiative, the Missouri Department of Economic…

In Indiana, GOP candidate touts school choice, backs slower preschool expansion


September 27, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local
Scott Elliot

In dueling speeches to education groups, Holcomb and Gregg laid out their plans

New standards mean more time in low-income preschools


September 13, 2016 Economics and Finance
Associated Press

New federal standards mean that children from low-income families will spend more time in Head Start preschool classes. The Times-News reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new performance standards last week that are designed to improve the Head Start program. Under the new guidelines, Head Start will provide center-based services…

Hillary Clinton’s Preschool Revolution


September 7, 2016 AccessAssessmentEconomics and FinanceOutcomesUniversal and Targeted
Lillian Mongeau

For the first time in U.S. history, Americans may be about to elect a president whose signature issue is early childhood. “If we want our children to thrive in tomorrow’s economy, we must invest in our children’s future today, starting with our youngest learners, especially those from our most vulnerable and at-risk communities,” Hillary Clinton…

Good School, Rich School; Bad School, Poor School


August 26, 2016 Economics and Finance
Alana Semuels

This is one of the wealthiest states in the union. But thousands of children here attend schools that are among the worst in the country. While students in higher-income towns such as Greenwich and Darien have easy access to guidance counselors, school psychologists, personal laptops, and up-to-date textbooks, those in high-poverty areas like Bridgeport and…

Preschool for All … Who Can Afford it


August 26, 2016 AccessEconomics and Finance
Mario Koran

Next year, San Diego Unified will offer preschool to all families. All families who can afford it, that is. Earlier this week, Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined Superintendent Cindy Marten to announce a “game changing” initiative to that would expand access to preschool. Faulconer and the city didn’t actually help fund the preschool initiative, called Pre-K for All. …

How free preschool may help poor kids when they become parents


August 24, 2016 AccessEconomics and Finance
Emily Badger

The first children of Head Start are old enough now to have children of their own. They’ve moved through high school — if they were able to get that far — and some much farther than that. They’ve entered the workforce and formed their own families. That means it’s increasingly possible to track the long-term…

Advocates Say Christie’s Proposed Cuts to Preschool Programs Would be Devastating


August 24, 2016 Economics and Finance
David Cruz

At La Casa de Don Pedro in Newark, staff are preparing for the new school year where they expect over 600 kids to enroll in their head start and preschool programs. Executive Director Ray Ocasio knows about Gov. Chris Christie’s so-called Fairness Formula and, like almost every urban-based preschool provider, he doesn’t think much of…