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Governor undecided on signing pre-K bill


May 5, 2004 Quality and CurriculumState & Local
Brent Kallestad

The plan calls for pupils to be in class three hours a day, one hour shy of what the governor wanted. It also calls for a 10-to-1 child-to-teacher ratio, a considerably smaller one than what the House was seeking in its proposal along with a $7 million summer pilot program to begin in July in…

Opinion: Will Floridians get what they ordered?


April 14, 2004 Governance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
W. Steven Barnett

When Floridians voted to mandate “high quality” prekindergarten education for all of the state’s 4-year-olds, the state became the first to hold a successful referendum on this issue. Unfortunately, what we are seeing is reminiscent of nothing so much as a political version of “bait and switch.”

Pre-K program builds pint-size planners


March 13, 2004 Quality and Curriculum
Erik Ortiz

Implemented two years ago, the Tools of the Mind educational program has been nurturing pre-kindergartners’ self-regulation and social skills through specially designed activities. The basis of the curriculum is to instill self-regulation by teaching the importance of planning ahead and remembering routines, all the while controlling emotions and physical actions, said Danielle Erickson, a Tools…

State seeks more day care staff


February 24, 2004 Governance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce
Mike Chalmers

Plan would require better-educated providers

Editorial: We’re doing something right


February 23, 2004 AccessQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

A study done by Rutgers University’s National Institute for Early Education Research ranked New Jersey’s court-ordered preschool program among the three best in the country. The study measured investment, not outcomes — New Jersey’s program is still to young for such analysis — but it showed New Jersey leading the pack in providing preschool for…

Report finds preschool failings


February 19, 2004 Quality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Karen Rouse

State official says looking at numbers doesn't tell whole story

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…

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…

Academic struggles of girls often go undetected for years


November 10, 2003 Quality and CurriculumSpecial Education
Kent Fischer

Independent studies in three states and three foreign countries all found that learning disabilities occur with nearly equal frequency in boys and girls. So when it comes to diagnosing learning disabilities such as dyslexia, where are all the girls?

Very Special Ed


November 9, 2003 Quality and CurriculumSpecial Education
Susan Brenna

When parents go searching for a quality preschool, they are advised by experts to seek a low ratio of children to teachers, a stable and reasonably well-paid staff that doesn’t keep quitting, individualized teaching and small-group activities. But all those qualities can currently be found in an unexpected place: public preschool classrooms like Brick’s, which…