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U.S. to Review Head Start Program; Bush Plan to Assess 4-Year-Olds’ Progress


January 17, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Valerie Strauss

The Washington Post reports the Bush administration announced yesterday its plan to implement an annual assessment of the 908,000 4-year-olds in Head Start programs across the nation, an effort that will help determine how much the children are learning in the government-funded preschool program. Federal officials said the new reporting system would provide standardized data…

City to pilot state preschool effort


January 9, 2003 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

Six Illinois communities chosen to roll out the state's universal preschool initiative

Column: It’s elementary: Accountability key for pre-K


December 15, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Myriam Marquez

There are established national benchmarks that put accountability into preschool learning. Those are the benchmarks that distinguish between real learning and passive caring.

Preschool push


December 12, 2002 State & Local
Jim Sanders

The learning curve may begin soon after diapers

Education Column: For Head Start Children, Their Turn at Testing


December 4, 2002 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Jacques Steinberg

The Bush administration intends to require each of the 500,000 4-year-olds in the federal Head Start program to sit for a standardized examination measuring such information as how many letters and numbers they can recognize, and whether they know how to hold a book right side up. They will then take the same exam the…

Stille introduces pre-school bill


November 25, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

State Sen. Leon Stille, R-Grand Haven, has proposed legislation that would create a new learning program for Michigan’s pre-schoolers. It would be provided to all Michigan 4-year-olds without reducing funding for existing education, health and child development programs by the 2006 school year.

U.S. Child Care Seriously Lags Behind That of Europe


November 19, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

While working parents in the United States struggle to find and afford private child care of even mediocre quality, parents in most European countries easily find publicly funded programs offering good-to-excellent care. [F]unding for child care [in the United States] is fragmentary, and reforms are generally not made with consideration of the goals for the…

Fortune 500 firms lobby for childcare


November 19, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

A group of many of the most powerful corporations in the nation has announced a joint campaign to improve early learning and after-school care for children of families with both parents in the work force. Donna Klein, who heads the year-old Corporate Voices for Working Families, said progress will require collaboration between the private and…

Washington Post Highlights Controversy Over Literacy Training


November 16, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Valerie Strauss

Head Start Teachers Resist New Training; Sessions on Literacy Pushed by Bush

State begins sorting out details of Pre-K amendment


November 10, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Mandy Bolen

Now that Florida voters have determined all 4-year-olds should have access to preschool education, lawmakers have to figure out how to provide it. But educators, child-care providers, parents, teachers and anyone else with an interest in early childhood education are going to offer possible answers and a lot of opinions at a series of meetings…