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Solutions on table for preschool aid


January 28, 2003 State & Local
Laura Bruno

New Jersey, like most states, is grappling with how to adequately fund K-12 education, without having to provide for an additional two years of early childhood instruction. Polling in New Jersey shows that the vast majority of citizens believe the government should be doing more to give everyone access to preschool, said Steven Barnett, director…

Head Start critics call for changes


January 27, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Laura Bruno

Founded in 1965, Head Start has enjoyed bipartisan support throughout the years and has seen its funding rise from $96 million to $6.5 billion today. Head Start has not been immune to criticism, however, and the Bush administration is responding by calling for an unprecedented change to the program.

Head Start enthusiasts target tests, spending


January 27, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Andrew Mollison

From coast to coast, many Head Start parents and teachers are speculating that the administration wants to transform their comprehensive program of educational, medical, dental, developmental and social services for some 900,000 low-income preschoolers into a cheaper reading-prep program in which teachers are judged by their children’s scores on a new national test.

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…