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U.S. Child Care Seriously Lags Behind That of Europe


November 19, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

While working parents in the United States struggle to find and afford private child care of even mediocre quality, parents in most European countries easily find publicly funded programs offering good-to-excellent care. [F]unding for child care [in the United States] is fragmentary, and reforms are generally not made with consideration of the goals for the…

Washington Post Highlights Controversy Over Literacy Training


November 16, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Valerie Strauss

Head Start Teachers Resist New Training; Sessions on Literacy Pushed by Bush

Editorial: Improve Utah child care


September 27, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

There is an apparent disconnect between what working parents and their children need, what the private sector can provide and government’s appropriate role in training and regulating child-care providers. That may be because many policy-makers have considered child care a family issue.

Universal Preschool a Daunting Task


September 16, 2002 AccessGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Carla Rivera

A Los Angeles County commission attracted wide attention last month when it resolved to spend $100 million in the first steps toward a universal preschool system. Many experts applaud the Los Angeles preschool initiative but warn that it faces significant barriers–especially to finding political leaders to champion the project and to uniting the often squabbling…

Arizona governor creates panel to aid early childhood education


August 30, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Dina L. Doolen

Arizona Gov. Jane Hull signed an executive order yesterday creating a state oversight board to coordinate early childhood education programs. The School Readiness Board will advise the governor on how best to deliver services for children from birth through 5.

Welfare reform winds up on back burner


August 22, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Cheryl Wetzstein

Welfare reform marks its sixth anniversary today waiting for an opening on a busy Senate calendar, even though the landmark 1996 law expires in a month. Many congressional aides say that instead of renewing the nation’s largest social program for poor and needy families by Sept. 30, time-pressed lawmakers will simply pass a bill to…

Tobacco Tax Might Fund Preschools in LA


August 8, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Carla Rivera

Although many educators agree that providing quality preschool is an important goal, some remain dubious about the proposal being debated in Los Angeles. They are especially skeptical that home-based child-care providers could be trained to provide the kind of care needed.

Private day care cries foul


July 23, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Michelle Krupa

Public preschools not ready, they say

Senate May Vote on Overhaul of OERI Before Fall Elections


July 10, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Debra Viadero

If influential Senate lawmakers have their way, the Department of Education’s primary research office will get its long-awaited face-lift this year. The $444 million-a-year OERI oversees much of the research, statistics gathering, and technical help subsidized by the department.

Editorial: Welfare re-reform / Encourage work, but preserve flexibility


July 7, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Last week the Senate Finance Committee approved the Work, Opportunity and Responsibility for Kids (WORK) Act of 2002, which addresses most of the criticisms of the House Bill. The Senate version provides $30 million for at-home infant care.