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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….

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…

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
Edmondsun.com

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

Arkansas slips in pre-K offerings, according to national study


May 13, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local
Chris Hickey

An annual study shows Arkansas dropped from a ranking of 13 to 22 among states in the nation devoting resources to pre-kindergarten education. The National Institute for Early Education Research found that spending increased for pre-K nationwide in 2015 compared to the previous year, but Arkansas saw about a $1,255 decrease in spending per child…

Study: Rhode Island near bottom for preschool enrollment


May 13, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
AP

 A study conducted by Rutgers University’s National Institute for Early Education Research ranked Rhode Island 41st out of 43 states for the number of 4-year-olds enrolled in pre-kindergarten. The New Jersey university’s “State of Preschool Report” judged state-funded preschool programs on class size, student-to-teacher ratio, length of instruction and other standards. Rhode Island was one…