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Washington’s preschool program praised as one of the best in national report


June 30, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
John Higgins

A new national report explains how Washington and three other states have built high-quality early-education systems.

Washington’s preschool program praised as one of the best in national report


June 30, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
John Higgins

A new national report explains how Washington and three other states have built high-quality early-education systems.

What Good Preschool Looks Like: Snapshots From 4 States


June 29, 2016 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Cory Turner

A new report, out today, provides 186 pages of answers to one of the toughest questions in education: What does it take to get preschool right? Parents and politicians alike want to know. States are spending roughly $7 billion this year on early childhood education, despite the fact that there are more cautionary tales —…

What Good Preschool Looks Like: Snapshots From 4 States


June 29, 2016 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Cory Turner

A new report, out today, provides 186 pages of answers to one of the toughest questions in education: What does it take to get preschool right? Parents and politicians alike want to know. States are spending roughly $7 billion this year on early childhood education, despite the fact that there are more cautionary tales —…

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…

Commentary: US must invest in early childhood


June 9, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Rebecca Ullrich & Jessica Troe

Yet time and again, policymakers expect hundreds of thousands of miles out of early childhood programs that are not adequately funded and maintained. Critics like to say that we don’t know if early childhood programs work, suggesting that the research is inconclusive. But we can’t expect much mileage from programs whose funding is constantly under…

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


June 8, 2016 AccessOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Admin

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…

NIEER Releases Data on State Policies to Support DLLs


June 6, 2016 AccessAssessmentEnglish Language LearnersOutcomesQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
Amaya Garcia

Last fall my three-year-old son enrolled in a public pre-K program at a local elementary school in Washington, D.C. At our first meeting with his teacher, she asked us questions about what languages we spoke at home and whether our son spoke a language other than English. I was thrilled to be asked these questions…

Mississippi Ranks High in Early Learning Quality


June 6, 2016 Quality and CurriculumState & Local
Katarina Luketich

Mississippi’s early learning collaboratives have been rated among the top five in the nation for quality standards. Public pre-k began in 2013 when the legislature passed the early learning collaborative act, providing free pre-kindergarten to local communities throughout Mississippi. While the recognition by the National Institute for Early Education Research shows Mississippi on the right…