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Missouri to allow rating systems for preschool


June 27, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Shelby Rowe

Before last week, Missouri was the only state in the nation that prohibited quality rating systems for preschools. However, Gov. Jay Nixon signed a law Wednesday that allows early childhood education centers to opt into a voluntary quality rating system. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is still working out the details, but the…

Missouri to allow rating systems for preschool


June 27, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Shelby Rowe

Before last week, Missouri was the only state in the nation that prohibited quality rating systems for preschools. However, Gov. Jay Nixon signed a law Wednesday that allows early childhood education centers to opt into a voluntary quality rating system. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is still working out the details, but the…

Post navigation Washington, D.C. — The pre-K capital where nearly all 4-year-olds (and most 3-year-olds!) go to school


June 24, 2016 AccessState & Local
Carolyn Phenicie

Dino-dances, stomach agriculture debates, and other adorable activities resounded across the city that morning, testifying to the fact that Washington, D.C. sends nearly all of its children to pre-K. Spurred by a landmark 2008 law, the District enrolls 85 percent or more of its four-year-olds (depending on who’s counting) and an even more remarkable 60-plus…

More Mississippi children on track at the end of kindergarten year


June 24, 2016 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Lillian Mongeau

Mississippi, which has made early literacy an educational focal point, has good news to report on test scores for its kindergartners. The children who started kindergarten in fall 2015 performed better on a test of early literacy compared to the previous year’s kindergarten class. The children who were kindergarten students in fall 2014 were the…

Study: Preschool teachers make near-poverty wages in Pa.


June 20, 2016 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Grace Toohey

While Philadelphia could sweeten this narrative with the recently passed soda tax, aimed at funding pre-K, a new federal report shows that Pennsylvania’s low pay for early-childhood teachers undermines its ability to deliver high-quality education at a critical developmental stage. Nationwide in 2015, the median annual wage for preschool teachers was $28,570 – about 55…

Ohio Preschool Teachers Among Lowest Paid in U.S., Federal Report Finds


June 15, 2016 Economics and FinanceState & Local
Sara Dorn

Ohio preschool teachers make less than their peers in 48 states, and their median salary is low enough to qualify families of four for food stamp benefits, according to a report from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education. Only Utah and Arizona preschool teachers have lower median salaries than the $23,690…

Expand pre-K for more kids


June 14, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
The Editorial Board

For politicians, early childhood education is a case of a narrow window and a far horizon. In Pennsylvania, state legislators are too focused on that horizon. Abundant research on education and brain development shows that there is a relatively narrow window, between ages 3 and 5, in which to best establish a solid educational foundation…

Commentary: US must invest in early childhood


June 9, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Rebecca Ullrich & Jessica Troe

Yet time and again, policymakers expect hundreds of thousands of miles out of early childhood programs that are not adequately funded and maintained. Critics like to say that we don’t know if early childhood programs work, suggesting that the research is inconclusive. But we can’t expect much mileage from programs whose funding is constantly under…

Should N.J. expand public preschool?


June 9, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Diane D'Amico

Only about a third of all children in the state have access to free public preschool. A new legislative effort to expand the program has many supporters, but also many hurdles to overcome. Nationally, public preschool is slowly expanding. In 2003, the first year of the State of Preschool Yearbook published by the National Institute…

Alabama’s investment in pre-K is paying off


June 7, 2016 State & Local
Brian Bucher

As parents and caregivers, few of us would consider ourselves experts on child brain development. But decades of research has established the critical importance of children learning before they reach school age and the role we have in shaping their progress.  During the first five years of life, children begin to learn vocabulary, language, socio-emotional…