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Preschool Expansion Proposal Aims To Close Opportunity Gap

June 27, 2016 AccessOutcomes
Elizabeth Kintz

Perhaps Plato got it right. Twenty-four centuries ago the Greek philosopher declared that, “The beginning is the most important part of any work, especially in the case of the young…” Educators and leadership within the Cape Cod Collaborative and the Dennis-Yarmouth and Monomoy Regional School Districts couldn’t agree more. The regional school districts, with the…

More Mississippi children on track at the end of kindergarten year

June 24, 2016 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Lillian Mongeau

Mississippi, which has made early literacy an educational focal point, has good news to report on test scores for its kindergartners. The children who started kindergarten in fall 2015 performed better on a test of early literacy compared to the previous year’s kindergarten class. The children who were kindergarten students in fall 2014 were the…

Is preschool the best job-training program?: Cleveland Connects: The First 2,000 Days

June 20, 2016 Economics and FinanceOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Sara Dorn

The skills employers value most, some experts contend, are not learned in high school or college and can’t be measured by standardized tests. The ability to problem-solve, plan, stay organized and deal with clients and co-workers — so-called “soft skills” —are best learned in preschool, when children’s brains are sponges and every experience helps form…

Access to quality pre-K in WV outpaces other states

June 20, 2016 AccessOutcomes

Many 3- and 4-year-olds still lack access to high-quality preschool education despite modest gains in enrollment, quality, and funding, according to an annual report by the nonpartisan National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University. While several states made significant progress through a concerted effort to increase enrollment and funding and improve quality,…

Why preschool suspensions still happen (and how to stop them)

June 20, 2016 Outcomes
Cory Turner

Something’s wrong in America’s classrooms. According to new data from the Education Department, black students — from kindergarten through high school — are 3.8 times more likely to be suspended than white students. Now the really bad news. This trend begins in preschool, where black children are already 3.6 times more likely to be suspended…

Support Exists for Expanding Public Pre-K; But Scope, Funding Questions Remain

June 16, 2016 AccessOutcomesUniversal and Targeted
Dustin Grove

Preparing Indiana’s youngest for that first day of kindergarten is something Lafayette Community Schools Superintendent Les Huddle says shouldn’t wait. “Having that access or opportunity for every student would be a huge step forward for our entire state,” said Huddle. Indiana Superintendent for Public Instruction Glenda Ritz agrees. This month, she called on state lawmakers…

What the civil rights data tell us about early learners

June 14, 2016 Outcomes
Abbie Lieberman, Shayna Cook & Aaron Loewenberg

Last week the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights released the long-awaited data from the 2013-2014 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), an extensive survey of all public schools and districts across the United States. The Office of Civil Rights has been collecting this data since 1968 to track issues related to equal educational…

Should N.J. expand public preschool?

June 9, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Diane D'Amico

Only about a third of all children in the state have access to free public preschool. A new legislative effort to expand the program has many supporters, but also many hurdles to overcome. Nationally, public preschool is slowly expanding. In 2003, the first year of the State of Preschool Yearbook published by the National Institute…

Study: Preschools top home-based case in preparing children for school

June 8, 2016 AccessOutcomesQuality and Curriculum

Children receiving formal, classroom-based preschool accept significantly higher-quality caring and have improved reading and math skills than peers who accept spontaneous child caring before kindergarten, according to a new investigate by a University of Virginia and other institutions, published this week in Child Development. Currently many immature children in a United States – about 50…

5 reasons you should enroll your kid in preschool

June 8, 2016 AccessOutcomes
Paulette Parker

In the fall, my youngest daughter will start preschool.Even though the thought of dropping her off and leaving her with strangers for the first time in her life causes me angst, I plan to fight through it. But I’d be lying if I said I haven’t considered if she even needs to go. I mean,…