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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…

Report card: Colorado’s spending on preschool pales in comparison to national leaders

May 17, 2016 Economics and FinanceState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Ann Schimke

Colorado has sunk closer to the bottom of the pack for state preschool funding, according to an annual report card released Thursday. The state, which spends a paltry amount on preschool per pupil compared to top-scorers like Washington, DC, dropped from 35 to 41 in 2015. Only South Carolina and Mississippi spent less per child than Colorado….

Hawaii’s state-run preschool programs receive first report card, indicates room for improvement

May 16, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Max Dible

State funded pre-kindergarten education still has a long way to go in Hawaii despite significant progress in 2014-15, according to a report by the nonpartisan National Institute for Early Education Research located at Rutgers University and made available by a press release from the Hawaii Children’s Action Network. Hawaii’s Executive Office on Early Learning (EOEL)…

Oklahoma remains a leader in pre-K education

May 16, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local

Recently the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released its annual State of Preschool 2015 report, which ranked Oklahoma fourth in the nation in preschool access for 4-year-olds. While Oklahoma maintained its ranking from the previous school year, the state fell from 26th to 28th in state funding. Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma’s State Superintendent of…

Report: Wisconsin stands out for preschool access

May 16, 2016 AccessOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Kyla Calvert Mason

State's hands-off approach could mean uneven program quality

Assessment praises New Mexico’s pre-K progress

May 16, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Kim Burgess

 New Mexico has made strides on pre-kindergarten education, climbing from 28th to 18th in the nation for spending on pre-K programs. The new 2015 State Preschool Yearbook, released last week by Rutgers University’s National Institute of Early Education Research, complimented the state’s “significant progress through a concerted effort to increase enrollment and funding and improve…

At this rate, it will take 150 years to enroll 75 percent of U.S. kids in quality preschool

May 13, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Valerie Strauss

Universal quality pre-kindergarten has been gaining support around the country for years now, with solid research showing that it has real and lasting benefits for children — despite what critics argue. But, according to a new report, there is a real problem  — while states are making real progress, others are moving at a snail’s…

Report: Nation’s preschools in dire need of funding

May 13, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Anne McNamara

A new national report says thousands of three- and four-year-olds are missing out on a valuable pre-K education. The National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University says the country’s preschools are in dire need of funding. But, at the Educare Denver School and Clayton Early Learning, students are bucking the trend. “You may…