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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…

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…

Pre-K plan raises issues


November 8, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Laura Diamond

Questions about financing, school sites already surfacing

Push is on to start pre-K plan early


November 7, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Anita Kumar and Alicia Caldwell

Providing prekindergarten for 4-year-olds proved popular with Florida voters Tuesday, and now some politicians want to get the program running sooner than required. Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas, the initiative’s architect, said Wednesday that he expects to meet with the state’s early child care providers next week and then persuade the Board of Education and the…

Education gets a boost: Class caps, pre-K win


November 6, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Tyler Bridges

Amendment 8, which will make prekindergarten available to all 4-year-olds throughout Florida for no cost, easily won passage. [T]he pre-K amendment was approved without controversy, and it won’t cost anything next year unless legislators heed Mayor Penelas’ call to begin phasing in the program before required to by law.

Floridians set limits on class size, approve pre-K for all 4-year-olds


November 6, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Bill Hirschman

Frustration with inferior education and crowded classrooms powered victories for new Constitutional amendments Tuesday, including multi-billion-dollar projects to limit class size and to provide pre-kindergarten for all 4-year-olds. Almost everyone agrees pre-K jumpstarts children’s math, reading and learning skills, and provides early diagnoses of physical and learning disabilities.

Voters widely support education measures


November 6, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Robert C. Johnston

Despite the nation’s troubled economic times, voters across the country approved several state and local ballot measures Nov. 5 that call for billions of dollars in new spending on school programs for students of all ages. Just over 60 percent of voters in the Sunshine State said yes to Constitutional Amendment 8, which calls on…

New pre-K classes funded; North Carolina counties scramble for kids


November 5, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Ann Doss Helms

Free classes will help children who are not in other programs

Public pre-K most helps middle class


November 1, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Sonji Jacobs

Standards, funding details still unclear