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What do preschool quality, public safety and national security have in common?

April 20, 2016 AccessOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
James C. Backstrom & Tim Kennedy

They all benefit from investment in accountability, including parents' ability to compare programs for their children.

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…

NC child care costs among highest in US

April 19, 2016 Economics and FinanceOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Christina Lavingia

Child care is an incredibly common expense for American families. According to a 2015 report published by ChildCare Aware of America, an advocacy group supporting access to high-quality child care, 11 million children under the age of 5 are in child care for an average of 36 hours per week in the United States. Though…

Does Pre-Kindergarten Education Work – or Not?

April 19, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Isabel Sawhill

In this tumultuous election year one wonders whether reasoned debate about education or other policies is still possible. That said, research has a role to play in helping policymakers make good decisions – if not before than after they are in office. So what do we know about the ability of early education to change…

Editorial: State’s VPK fail leaves parents with less of a choice

April 18, 2016 AccessAssessmentEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

Florida education officials want to take a “pause” this fall in providing ratings for the state’s free Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) program. They’d like to skip out on this responsibility next year, as well. Good. Let them. They tried replacing a so-so ratings system with a more expansive, computer-based one in 2014, and the technology blew…

Kindergarten readiness may involve more than just quality preschool

April 18, 2016 OutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Deepa Fernandes

Quality preschool is often cited as the critical ingredient for children to be ready for kindergarten, but for impoverished children, the challenges go beyond just the lack of access to early education. But activating philanthropy to work in collaboration with social service providers can help more fully address children’s needs before they start preschool, researchers…

Peduto, Humphrey, researchers release report on race and education

April 15, 2016 AccessQuality and Curriculum
Erin Hare

Mayor Bill Peduto wants to give every child in Pittsburgh access to pre-K education. “If I had a magic wand and I could give one thing to the city right now, it would be pre-K education for every child, so that by the time they start kindergarten, they all start along together,” Peduto said Thursday…

Preparing for kindergarten: Many obstacles stand in way of preparing for school

April 14, 2016 Quality and Curriculum
Kim Skornogoski

Kindergarten isn’t just singing and games anymore. While the qualification to enter school is the same – being 5 years old as of Sept. 10 – today’s kindergartners spend their days learning letters, reading their first books, counting, following multistep instructions, developing problem-solving skills and much more. Many can’t sit still, stand in line or…

The productive pre-K question

April 14, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
Sara Mead

Rather than debating whether pre-K works, focus on making quality preschool available to everyone.

Commission calls for major new investments in early education

April 14, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Jeremy Hay

California should fundamentally refashion the way it attends to its youngest residents by offering access to high-quality childcare and education for all children aged 5 and younger within five years, and by instituting a range of child- and parent-friendly reforms in the workplace, a commission of business and policy leaders, academics and former elected officials…