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Editorial: Day care ‘cornerstone’ of poverty fight

November 25, 2003 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum

While high-quality child care must be accessible for all children — not only low-income children — it is an essential cornerstone of a strategy to reduce poverty. Early childhood education enhances children’s well-being and development; strengthens the foundation for lifelong learning; supports parents in education, training, and employment; and promotes equal opportunities for women in…

Opinion: A sound deal for business

November 6, 2003 Outcomes

Valley leaders back early-childhood education

No room in preschool program for scores of at-risk children

November 4, 2003 Outcomes
Tim Carpenter

Dozens of children are on a waiting list for the Lawrence school district’s preschool program for at-risk kids, officials said Monday. Meanwhile, a new report from Georgetown University researchers is showing how effective prekindergarten programs can be.

Tulsa Public Schools’ early childhood education program gets high marks

October 30, 2003 OutcomesState & Local

Researchers reported Tulsa’s pre-K program is improving school readiness for 4-year-olds. They say kindergarteners who attended the pre-K program are more prepared for school than those who did not.

Urban preschool programs succeeding, more needed

October 30, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Diane D'Amico

Giving preschoolers early learning skills was the goal behind the state Supreme Court ruling in the Abbott vs. Burke case that required 30 urban school districts, including Pleasantville, Vineland, Millville and Bridgeton, to offer free preschool. But a core number of children, often those most in need of early learning skills, still are not being…

Opinion: Preschool ed is expensive, ineffective

October 28, 2003 AccessAssessmentOutcomesState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Dr. Karen R. Effrem

These programs are very expensive and do not work. The state of Georgia found that despite universal preschool for 4-year-olds, there were no differences in standardized test scores between children receiving preschool and those who did not and no changes in scores since before implementation.

‘Invest in kids’ taken literally

October 24, 2003 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
Maja Beckstrom

Economists say money put toward early-childhood programs offers great returns and may be the best form of economic development out there.

Boise, Meridian districts: More kids need preschool

October 19, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Bill Roberts

Reading scores come in low for kindergartners

Preschool backers say they mean business

October 9, 2003 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
Patricia Wen

Mass. corporations help fund a glossy campaign touting the economic benefits of early learning

Child’s Play

October 8, 2003 Outcomes
Linda Jacobson

Researchers investigating the effects of child care on young children are learning that it’s not easy to make generalizations about its benefits or drawbacks. W. Steven Barnett, the director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, a think tank at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., is one of the people who have focused…