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Developmental preschool provides nurturing environment

November 1, 2011 AccessOutcomesQuality and CurriculumSpecial Education
Jamie Barrand

Students at the preschool participate in circle time, learning centers and organized free play. They concentrate on literacy and pre-academic skills, language experiences, social, self-help, fine and gross motor skills, fine arts and dramatic play, sensory exercises, exploration and observation.

New VPK rules toughen standards

November 1, 2011 Governance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & Local
Michele Sager

Rule changes for the state’s Voluntary Prekindergarten program are meant to ensure all students get the same education, regardless of where they go to school, but some providers say the new standards would judge them unfairly.

Early Childhood Special Education sees enrollment increase

September 7, 2011 AccessQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & Local
Andrew Wig

The trend does not necessarily reflect an increase in the number of children with learning disabilities or developmental delays; educators say it does reflect, however, an ECSE program that is accepting more children than before.

Opinion: Cuts threaten our children’s futures

April 4, 2011 AccessEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & Local
Elise Hough and James E. Williams Jr.

Proposed cuts to early childhood intervention programs in Texas would jeopardize our children’s futures. Whether your child has a disability, developmental delay or is typically developing, the cuts will affect every child.

Early learning centers assure good start in school

February 3, 2011 Economics and FinanceEnglish Language LearnersOutcomesQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

A report from the Maryland State Department of Education found that during the 2008 and 2009 school year, young children who participated in pre-kindergarten and other child care and education services at the center were better prepared for school than those students who did not attend. Even students receiving free and reduced-priced meals, Special Education…

Week for education looks at inclusiveness

December 10, 2010 AccessOutcomesQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & Local
Jessica Driscoll

Increasingly, districts are offering inclusion classes, generally with some kind of in-class support for the child with special needs. Those in the fields of education and psychology see this as an important trend.

Bringing them up to speed

November 8, 2010 Quality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & Local
Susan Randall

Learning and physical disabilities, lack of social skills – there are many reasons kids fall behind in school. An innovative Arizona City preschool exposes children who are developing at different rates to a classroom setting and one another before they even start kindergarten.

Preschool class open to abled, disabled kids

October 21, 2010 AccessEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & Local
Diane D'Amico

The class looks like a typical preschool, but the program has a crucial difference. It’s an inclusion class of both able and disabled children, ages 3 to 5. And some of their parents have paid for them to be here.

Child’s Ordeal Shows Risks of Psychosis Drugs for Young

September 1, 2010 Quality and CurriculumSpecial Education
Duff Wilson

A Columbia University study recently found a doubling of the rate of prescribing antipsychotic drugs for privately insured 2- to 5-year-olds from 2000 to 2007. Only 40 percent of them had received a proper mental health assessment, violating practice standards from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

State delays making cuts to program for at-risk children

July 16, 2010 Quality and CurriculumSpecial Education
Linda Chiem

Health Department first must hold hearings on administrative rules