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Guest Commentary: Early education feeds the workforce of the future

February 16, 2004 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
Cort Boulanger

Preparing young children for school before they arrive for kindergarten gives them a much better chance to thrive on a social and educational level. But there are profound — and measurable — fiscal and economic benefits to early childhood education as well.

Experts: preschool gives kids a good start

February 3, 2004 Outcomes
Juan Antonio Lizama, The Associated Press

Experts say a quality preschool setting helps children develop physical, socialization, language, thinking and problem-solving skills through play. Research has shown children who were enrolled in preschool programs scored significantly higher on reading and math, were more likely to graduate from a four-year college, earn more money, and are less likely to be involved in…

Early childhood programs critical, studies prove

February 1, 2004 Outcomes
Alan Gottlieb and Teri Pinney

Providing at-risk children with quality early childhood care and education significantly reduces the achievement gaps that otherwise plague them later in their school careers. Now, new Denver data from a study funded by The Piton Foundation reinforces these findings.

Opinion: Preschool is not a magic pill for all little children

January 17, 2004 Outcomes
Kristin L. Sullivan

As an early-childhood professional who has used the data to support the claims of high-quality preschool to secure funding for early care and education projects, I still have to say that my response to the preschool question is, unequivocally, no. Nurturing, consistent, one-on-one relationships prepare children for school success, as well as success in life,…

Making the leap

December 18, 2003 AccessOutcomesUniversal and Targeted
Laurel Rosen

Universal preschool pushed to help kids

Bush: Preschool cash is scarce

December 16, 2003 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce
Leslie Postal

Florida can’t afford to hire teachers with college degrees for its new pre-kindergarten program but still expects the classes to improve academic achievement, particularly among poor children who usually struggle, Gov. Jeb Bush said Monday. States need “top-notch programs,” perhaps ones that cost as much as public school kindergarten, if they want to close the…

David P. Weikart, 72, Education Expert, Dies

December 14, 2003 Outcomes
Douglas Martin

A study by the foundation Dr. Weikart founded, High/Scope Educational Research Foundation in Ypsilanti, Mich., has played a large role in debates about Head Start and other early childhood programs for a generation. In 1962, in what was known as the Perry Preschool Project, Dr. Weikart took 123 low-income 3- and 4-year-olds and placed 58…

Guest Editorial: Florida shows the way on the value of pre-K

December 14, 2003 AccessOutcomesState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
David Lawrence Jr.

Beginning in the 2005 school year, Florida will become the second state in America to offer voluntary, high-quality prekindergarten to every 4-year-old. Do this right, and we will have children who perform far better in grade-school testing and, indeed, life.

Guest Editorial: States need to commit to preschool programs

December 13, 2003 Outcomes
Susan Urahn

Society is beginning to understand the link between early education and future academic success. A growing body of research shows that poor and minority children who attend high-quality preschool are better prepared for kindergarten, achieve higher test scores and graduation rates and are more likely to enroll in college.

Future not so bright for some kids

November 30, 2003 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
Laura Elder

High-quality early childhood education programs can reduce welfare dependence, school dropout rates, and crime, in some cases. Some researchers, who have tracked students from high-quality preschool experiments even promise that for every $1 spent on early childhood intervention programs, society gets in some cases as high as $7 in return as participants of such programs…