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Vt. leads nation in universal pre-k


July 11, 2016 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Lisa Rathke

Vermont has become the first state to provide publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs to all 3- and 4-year-olds as of this month, state officials say.  The law requires Vermont communities to offer at least 10 hours a week of free, high quality preschool for 35 weeks per year to children in that age group. Previously, some…

Vt. leads nation in universal pre-k


July 11, 2016 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Lisa Rathke

Vermont has become the first state to provide publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs to all 3- and 4-year-olds as of this month, state officials say.  The law requires Vermont communities to offer at least 10 hours a week of free, high quality preschool for 35 weeks per year to children in that age group. Previously, some…

Early Childhood Battle In Indiana Continues


July 11, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
WIBQ

The battle for quality Pre-K education in Indiana continues as the November election draws near. Governor Mike Pence had pushed for a pilot program called  On My Way Pre-K , but then rejected millions of dollars in federal funding. Pence is in a tough battle for re-election, and has expressed renewed interest in the federal money. State Superintendent of…

Low pay, outdated ideas about field hurt early childhood educators: report


July 8, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce
Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz

Nearly half of child care workers in Illinois are part of families that rely on public assistance, according to a new report that calls for long-overdue action to improve the wages of the people tasked with caring for kids in the earliest years of their lives. Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley on…

Early education is a disaster in U.S., study finds


July 8, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce
Lauren Camera

Policies in all 50 states fall short of addressing the issues.

Mayor says shrink size of Seattle preschool program


July 8, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Daniel Beekman & Paige Cornwell

The Seattle Preschool Program will have fewer spots than originally projected because the city will begin paying the program’s preschool providers more money per child.

Early education is a disaster in U.S., study finds


July 8, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce
Lauren Camera

Policies in all 50 states fall short of addressing the issues.

Mayor says shrink size of Seattle preschool program


July 8, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Daniel Beekman & Paige Cornwell

The Seattle Preschool Program will have fewer spots than originally projected because the city will begin paying the program’s preschool providers more money per child.

Low pay, outdated ideas about field hurt early childhood educators: report


July 8, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce
Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz

Nearly half of child care workers in Illinois are part of families that rely on public assistance, according to a new report that calls for long-overdue action to improve the wages of the people tasked with caring for kids in the earliest years of their lives. Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley on…

Texas school districts receive $116 million in pre-K grants


July 6, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local
Julie Chang

The state has awarded  578 school districts  and charters more than $116 million in grants to boost their prekindergarten programs in the upcoming school year. Ten Central Texas school districts, including Austin, Round Rock and Leander, received some of the funds. House Bill 4,  one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature laws  passed last legislative session, promised to make funds available to boost the quality of…