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Study: Rhode Island near bottom for preschool enrollment

May 13, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local

 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…

Alabama’s first class pre-K named nation’s best pre-K program for tenth year in a row

May 13, 2016 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Press Release

For the tenth year in a row, Alabama’s state-funded, high-quality and voluntary First Class Pre-K program was named the nation’s highest quality pre-kindergarten program. Today’s announcement was made by the National Institute for Early Childhood Education, which annually ranks state pre-k programs for quality based on ten measures. Alabama’s voluntary pre-k program is one of…

How much does child care cost? Hillary Clinton proposal highlights climbing price of having kids

May 11, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Julia Glum

Babies do more than pee, poop, coo and cuddle. They also cost — a lot. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton took on the climbing cost of raising a child Tuesday in a package of proposals aimed at improving child care in the United States. Her plan, to be revealed at a campaign stop in Kentucky,…

If only we appreciated early educators enough to pay them worthy wages

May 6, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce
Marcy Whitebook & Lea J.E. Austin

Early educators are quite literally shaping the future – our children’s future, our families’ future, and the future of our economy—and they’re a key part of our nation’s teaching workforce. Indeed, the National Academies of Sciences asserts that working with children under five requires as complex knowledge and skills as teaching older children. Yet our…

Our childhood poverty is a global embarrassment

May 5, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Josh Hoxie

A new UNICEF report shows the U.S. lagging behind countries like Turkey and Slovakia on efforts to reduce childhood inequality.

Costs climbing for pre-K education

April 25, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Max Dible

According to numbers released last week by the Economic Policy Institute, the average cost of full-time child care for a 4-year-old in Hawaii, either in preschool or at a daycare center, is $9,312. The average price of in-state college tuition in Hawaii was $8,216. The institution’s estimates vary somewhat from those generated by Child Care…

2016 Early Learning Investment Commission summit addresses early education as strategy to reduce long-term health costs

April 25, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local

Gov. Tom Wolf and Sen. Robert Casey joined early childhood experts and 200 business executives in Hershey this week to discuss how investing in quality early education reduces public costs in health and education at the Early Learning Investment Commission’s 2016 Economic Summit on Early Childhood Investment. The summit highlights early learning investment strategies that…

Alaska lawmakers shortchange kids, military with preschool cuts

April 20, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Mark Hamilton

According to the Department of Defense, 71 percent of all young Alaskans between the ages of 17 and 24 are unable to join the military, primarily because they are too poorly educated, too overweight, or have a record of crime or drug abuse. This matches the national rate. The National Commission on the Future of…

Massive loss of preschool seats looms for LA County

April 20, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Deepa Fernandes

A new report estimates that the economic toll on Los Angeles County from the loss of funding for thousands of preschool seats later this year will be almost $600 million annually. Funding for nearly 11,000 preschool seats is going to run out in June when Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) loses its backing from the…

Child care costs more than college tuition in California

April 14, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Deepa Fernandes

There is bipartisan agreement that the state’s early childhood system is broken. Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed overhauling it, but his proposal doesn’t have the support of experts and leaders in the field. Now two new reports reinforce the myriad of problems with the current system and present alternative suggestions for improving the lot of…