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Celebrating Our Preschool Success


April 10, 2018 OutcomesState & Local
David Sciarra, W. Steven Barnett, Cecilia Zalkind

Twenty years ago, New Jersey pioneered high-quality preschool for children in poor communities to prepare them for kindergarten. Today, this program has revolutionized the delivery of early education in our state and has improved school readiness and outcomes for at-risk children. Legal, education, and social-justice advocates recently gathered to mark this milestone during a conference…

PNC Foundation funding initiatives for early childhood education


April 5, 2018 Economics and FinanceState & Local
Patty Tascarella

PNC Financial Services Group on Wednesday is  marking the second year of providing new resources  to Head Start and public pre-K classrooms across the Pittsburgh-based bank’s footprint, resulting from its $5 million alliance between the PNC Foundation and  DonorsChoose.org . “PNC recognizes that providing high-quality early education for all children helps prepare the workforce and community leaders of tomorrow,” said PNC Chairman, president and…

Facing unprepared kindergartners, a rural school district restores preschool for all


April 5, 2018 English Language LearnersState & Local
Ashley Hopkinson

In 2016, heading into her 15th year as a kindergarten teacher, Kristy Caesar knew what to expect from a room full of 5-year-olds. But what greeted her on that first day of school last year was an eye opener — she had 21 kindergarteners and only four had attended preschool. Eighteen students couldn’t recognize a…

Why should the federal government support high-quality early education?


June 5, 2017 AccessAssessmentState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Valerie Strauss

Every year the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, releases a report on state-funded prekindergarten programs in the United States. It is the only national report with detailed information on preschool enrollment, funding, teacher qualifications and other policies related to quality, such as the presence of a…

In Indiana, GOP candidate touts school choice, backs slower preschool expansion


September 27, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local
Scott Elliot

In dueling speeches to education groups, Holcomb and Gregg laid out their plans

U.S. education chief gives Colorado kudos for early childhood efforts


August 2, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Ann Schimke

Colorado got a high-profile pat on the back Monday with a visit from U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, who lauded the state’s efforts to raise child care quality and improve early childhood systems. He whirled through Denver before heading to Delaware, where he’ll conclude a two-day tour meant to spotlight states that have…

Our children, our future – bridging the partisan divide


August 2, 2016 AccessGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Mark Shriver

Our children’s future is our future, and therefore a crucial element to consider when solving the challenges facing our nation. Studies show the human brain develops most rapidly between birth and age 5, yet almost all public investments in children happen after the age of 5. We cannot let our nation’s leaders forget this as…

What you should know about Hillary Clinton’s european-style child-care plan


July 29, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Mark Gimein

Just how popular is federal money for child care? Let’s put it this way: Ivanka Trump, daughter of the GOP candidate, made it a centerpiece of her introduction at the Republican National Convention, to plenty of applause. Even though her father hasn’t actually proposed anything of the sort. A concrete child-care proposal comes from Hillary…

What you should know about Hillary Clinton’s european-style child-care plan


July 29, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Mark Gimein

Just how popular is federal money for child care? Let’s put it this way: Ivanka Trump, daughter of the GOP candidate, made it a centerpiece of her introduction at the Republican National Convention, to plenty of applause. Even though her father hasn’t actually proposed anything of the sort. A concrete child-care proposal comes from Hillary…

Education group applauds W.Va. for gains in graduation rates, early education


July 18, 2016 OutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Bill Frye

West Virginia is making gains improving its graduation rate, while earning more praise for its dedication to early learning. The report, “Gauging Progress, Accelerating Pace” from the Southern Regional Education Board, details West Virginia’s efforts to improve standards and student success as well other states in the SREB’s region. The report details the fact that West…