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Kindergartens see more Hispanic, Asian students

August 27, 2010 English Language Learners
Haya El Nasser and Paul Overberg

The profile of the 4 million children starting kindergarten reveals the startling changes the USA has undergone the past decade and offers a glimpse of its future. In this year’s class, for example, about one out of four 5-year-olds will be Hispanic.

LAUP study touts social, behavioral benefits of preschool, even for a short time

July 17, 2010 English Language LearnersOutcomesState & Local
Tracy Garcia

Believed to be the first study of its kind in Los Angeles County, the LAUP study followed more than 400 of its preschoolers, assessing their skills in the fall of 2008 in 24 categories of skills and behaviors like self-care, motor skills, self-regulation, social expression and general knowledge.

State budget crisis may impede groundbreaking preschool reform

June 1, 2010 Economics and FinanceEnglish Language LearnersState & Local
Kerry Lester

Groundbreaking preschool regulations have been tweaked to reflect Illinois’ dire financial situation, but budget concerns still likely will stand in the way of getting the neediest students help, suburban educators say.

L.A. study affirms benefits of preschool

April 19, 2010 English Language LearnersOutcomesState & Local
Carla Rivera

Children enrolled in Los Angeles Universal Preschool programs made significant improvements in the social and emotional skills needed to do well in kindergarten, according to a study released Monday. The gains were especially pronounced for English language learners, the study showed.

Learning another language improves children’s skills in many areas of their life

September 25, 2009 English Language LearnersOutcomes
Kimberly Isburg

Early childhood is the optimal time for learning a second language, according to The National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL). Children who speak other languages have a keener awareness and perception of language in general, enhanced communication skills, a better understanding of their native language, a larger vocabulary and better listening and problem-solving skills….

Out of fields, into class for migrant kids

September 23, 2009 AccessEconomics and FinanceEnglish Language LearnersGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
The Associated Press

And with a $26 million boost for Early Head Start in federal stimulus funds and separate $10 million expansion, nonprofit organizations around the country are hoping to expand enrollment of migrant infants and toddlers by thousands more. The goal: Besides providing a safe haven, the programs offer access to basic social services, help teach English…

Frisco, other Dallas-area districts are emphasizing preschool programs

September 20, 2009 AccessEnglish Language Learners
Jessica Meyers

The building is Frisco ISD’s first location created specifically for eligible preschoolers and fills an expanding need for low-income and special education services. But it also represents a growing investment in early childhood education.

Close Oregon’s achievement gap by starting early, study urges

September 14, 2009 English Language LearnersOutcomesState & Local
Kimberly Melton

A new report from the Chalkboard Project highlights a persistent achievement gap between Latino students and white students in Oregon that starts as early as third grade. It suggests the key to narrowing the gap is to start working with students early.

State’s raiding of fund for budget illegal, court rules

July 25, 2009 English Language LearnersState & Local
Matthew Benson

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Friday that Gov. Jan Brewer and state officials violated the state Constitution earlier this year when they took money from an early-childhood-education fund to help balance the state budget. That fund, known as First Things First, was created by state voters in 2006 with their passage of a ballot proposal…

Program helps Hispanics get a head start on kindergarten

June 23, 2009 English Language LearnersOutcomes
Brian Reynolds

The Hispanic Jumpstart program was started during summer 2008 by University of Alabama students Wilson Boardman, Laura Dover and Erin Shirley. The program prepares students who speak little English for a school in which English is the primary language.