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Mississippi Ranks High in Early Learning Quality


June 6, 2016 Quality and CurriculumState & Local
Katarina Luketich

Mississippi’s early learning collaboratives have been rated among the top five in the nation for quality standards. Public pre-k began in 2013 when the legislature passed the early learning collaborative act, providing free pre-kindergarten to local communities throughout Mississippi. While the recognition by the National Institute for Early Education Research shows Mississippi on the right…

Putting early education front and center in Mass.


June 3, 2016 AccessOutcomesState & Local
Shirley Leung

House Speaker Bob DeLeo is done talking about the value of preschool education. It’s time to get it right in Massachusetts. This week DeLeo began meeting with a group of business leaders to develop a plan on how the state could increase not only access to early education but improve quality. His goal: Come up…

Preschool Offers Barter Program to Help Parents Offset Tuition Costs


May 31, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local
Carolina Pichardo

A local preschool’s work-study grant program lets parents barter their skills for a preschool tuition break, making the process of going back to work a lot easier and more affordable, its director says. When the Osher Learning Center on 50 Overlook Terrace opened in 2011, the goal was to provide an affordable and nurturing educational environment, where kids…

Kentucky Preschools Dropped Enrollment in 2015, But Increased Per-Student Funding


May 31, 2016 AccessAssessmentOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Rob Canning

A new report from a non-profit early education advocacy group shows that Kentucky is among states improving in the number of state dollars spent for Pre-Kindergarten education programs. According to “The State of Preschool Yearbook” by The National Institute for Early Education Research, the 2014-2015 school year saw improvement in state-by-state Pre-K funding across the…

Texas Needs Universal Pre-K Access


May 27, 2016 AccessState & Local

Funding early childhood education should not be a partisan issue. It’s an investment in the future of the next generation and a crucial component in ensuring the economic growth of our country. Research shows children who receive early childhood education have better health and education outcomes than their peers who don’t have such access. In…

MTG: Pre-K programs grow significantly–not not in Idaho


May 26, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local
Kevin Richert & Michelle Edmonds

Across the country, states spent $6.2 billion on pre-K programs in 2014-15, a $553 million increase. The city of Boise is helping to fund a pre-K pilot program in the Boise School District. These programs served nearly 1.4 million students, up more than 37,000 from the previous year. The National Institute for Early Education Research…

D.C. school choice makes Pre-K access tops in the nation


May 25, 2016 AccessState & Local
Emily Leayman

For the third school year, D.C. was ranked first in the nation for Pre-K per-student funding and enrollment. Sara Mead, a D.C. Public Charter School Board member and Pre-K expert, believes the numerous choices of 120 public charter schools and traditional charter schools helped D.C.’s universal Pre-K program claim the top spot. “Having that variety…

Harvard Ed School launches major early childhood education initiative


May 19, 2016 AccessAssessmentOutcomesState & Local
Bamzi Banchiri

A new early childhood program that seeks to promote research and teaching in the field of child development is underway at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), thanks to a $35.5 million gift from the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation. The donation, HGSE’s single biggest donation to date, will put Harvard at the forefront of research…

Bentley announces $15 Million awarded for pre-K grants


May 18, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Keith Lane

Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday announced over 150 new grants that will provide more than 2,700 additional Alabama four-year-olds with access to high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten.”Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten is a proven program that prepares students for success,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “Only 20 percent of Alabama’s four-year-olds are currently enrolled in the First Class program. Along with…

Enrollment in State-Funded Preschools Rising, Report Says


May 17, 2016 AccessState & Local
Raymond Scott

In 2014-2015, the number of students in state-funded preschools in the US rose to almost 1.4 million – an increase of 37,167 students from the previous year. Overall, 29% of 3, 4, and 5-year-olds are enrolled in state-funded preschool programs. A report released from the National Institute for Early Education Research found a wide range of per-pupil…