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Preschool cutbacks bring a stern caution


July 27, 2003 Economics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & Local
John McElhenny

Eliminating funds called shortsighted

Head Start: finding the learning curve


July 24, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce
Wendy Y. Lawton

Rhetoric on both sides is overblown, says Steve Barnett, head of the National Institute for Early Education Research, a nonpartisan think tank at Rutgers University. Head Start teachers should be better-qualified, he said, but also should be paid more.

Opinion: Connecting the dots for poor children


July 24, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Jack P. Shonkoff

A nation that does not promote the parenting skills of its young families, particularly in the face of economic hardship and limited education, undermines its own future. This requires good parenting, which can be taught, and reliable and competent care from other adults when parents are at work, which can be assured through a child…

Column: Early childhood initiative might be effective, but . . .


July 19, 2003 AccessQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
Linda Seebach

Susan Urahn, director of educational programs for the Pew Charitable Trusts, visited the News earlier this week to talk about the trusts’ initiative on early childhood education, which they call “Starting Early, Starting Strong.” Their goal is to promote access to “high-quality prekindergarten for all 3- and 4-year-olds.”

Bush Spells Out Head Start Changes


July 8, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Amy Goldstein and Valerie Strauss

President Aims to Counter Criticism Of State Control, Testing Proposals

Editorial: Starting Faster


July 7, 2003 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local

Head Start, the venerable preschool program for low-income children, is due for reauthorization, and debate about reform has already begun in Congress. [M]ost of what Head Start really needs — higher academic standards, better-educated teachers and the ability to reach more children — will cost more, not less.

A proactive plan for preschools


June 22, 2003 AccessQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
Fran Wood

So last week, the organization [NOW] launched “the family initiative,” a long-term, nationwide campaign to provide universal, affordable child care — quality day care for infants, preschool education for toddlers, productive after-school programs for elementary-schoolers. Long-term, says Rutgers professor Steve Barnett, a member of the NOW Legal Defense board, the goal is not to scrap…

Editorial: Father of Head Start warns of weakness in Bush plans


June 22, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Edward F. Zigler

How strong Head Start is depends upon a single factor: how good the quality is invested in the Head Start program model and how well the program is implemented at the local level. The evidence is overwhelming; the magnitude of positive outcomes is directly related to the quality of the program.

Colorado cuts cash for kids


May 26, 2003 Quality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & Local
Janet Simons and Alison Glass

State, once a pioneer for preschools, now 'completely bypassed'

Analysis Calls Phonics Findings Into Question


May 21, 2003 Quality and Curriculum
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo

The National Reading Panel, whose 2000 report has served as the basis for President Bush’s Reading First initiative as well as state and district policies around the country, gave too much credit to the importance of phonics instruction in teaching young children to read, argues a new study published in a peer-reviewed journal. Consequently, policymakers…