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Gregg and Ritz unveil universal pre-K proposal


June 28, 2016 AccessGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
WANE Staff Reports

Two top Indiana Democrats on the ballot this November released a plan Thursday for developing a state-funded preschool program that would be available to all Indiana children regardless of family income. Former House Speaker John Gregg, who is running for governor, and state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz said their joint proposal would direct $150 million…

Gregg and Ritz unveil universal pre-K proposal


June 28, 2016 AccessGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
WANE Staff Reports

Two top Indiana Democrats on the ballot this November released a plan Thursday for developing a state-funded preschool program that would be available to all Indiana children regardless of family income. Former House Speaker John Gregg, who is running for governor, and state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz said their joint proposal would direct $150 million…

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…

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…