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Florida’s Call: Pre-K For All?


October 25, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Ben Feller

On Nov. 5, Floridians can expand the tradition of kindergarten through grade 12, making prekindergarten for 4-year-olds a constitutional requirement. Pre-K would remain optional for families, but by the 2005 school year, the state would be required to offer it to every child who is 4 – an estimated 217,000 youngsters.

Pre-School For All; Florida voters to decide if it’s worth up to $650 million


October 21, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Toni Marshall

Voters will go to the polls next month to decide whether the state should pay for pre-school for all Florida 4-year-olds at an estimated cost of $425 million to $650 million. Most agree a universal pre-kindergarten program would benefit young children, giving them a leg up in reading and classroom skills.

Louisiana’s pre-K program top notch, study says


October 7, 2002 State & Local
Aesha Rasheed

Louisiana 4-year-olds who participated in the state’s prekindergarten program last year were better prepared to start kindergarten this year, a recent report on the program’s first year shows. After about five months of instruction, Louisiana’s pre-kindergarteners moved from near the bottom of the national scores to near the top.

Florida voters to decide on offering free preschool


October 6, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Gary Fineout

Nine years ago the state of Georgia became the first state in the nation to offer free pre-kindergarten classes to every 4-year-old. Now Florida voters will decide whether they want to spend as much as $650 million a year to do the same in the Sunshine State.

Funding tie-up hurting New York pre-K program


October 5, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Brenda McGarry

In 1997, New York passed sweeping legislation that promised to create a Universal Pre-K program for all 4-year-olds in the state within five years. But partisan politics tied up funding in the state budget, according to Karen Schimke, president of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, an Albany group supportive of UPK.

Editorial: Prekindergarten Instruction Shapes Up As Wise Investment


September 30, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

[A]n amendment that would make prekindergarten available to all 4-year-olds has generated little controversy. The prekindergarten proposal is not some ambitious, feel-good government scheme, but a sound investment in Florida’s future.

Editorial: Improve Utah child care


September 27, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

There is an apparent disconnect between what working parents and their children need, what the private sector can provide and government’s appropriate role in training and regulating child-care providers. That may be because many policy-makers have considered child care a family issue.

Editorial: Early childhood learning is key


September 22, 2002 State & Local

Indiana must find a way to increase the number of children who have access to preschool. A study by the National Conference of State Legislatures revealed that Indiana is one of only nine states without readily available public preschool classes.

Universal Preschool a Daunting Task


September 16, 2002 AccessGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Carla Rivera

A Los Angeles County commission attracted wide attention last month when it resolved to spend $100 million in the first steps toward a universal preschool system. Many experts applaud the Los Angeles preschool initiative but warn that it faces significant barriers–especially to finding political leaders to champion the project and to uniting the often squabbling…

Opinion: Preschool progress in New Jersey


September 6, 2002 State & LocalWorkforce

New Jersey is finally serious about getting it right