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Three states lead in preschool programs

February 19, 2004 AccessState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Eric Kelderman

Georgia, New Jersey and Oklahoma outpace the nation in providing high-quality preschool for 3- and 4-year- olds while most states lag in early education efforts, according to a report released Feb. 19. W. Steven Barnett, one of the report’s authors, told that preschool sets the foundation for the entire school career.

Study full of praise for pre-k

August 26, 2003 OutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Patti Ghezzi

Georgia’s free, lottery-funded pre-kindergarten programs tend to have better-educated teachers and more consistent quality than private preschools, a state-funded study released Monday says. As a result, children in Georgia pre-k programs are generally better prepared for kindergarten than those in programs not sponsored by the state, the study says.

States May Lack Expertise To Run Head Start

July 18, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Pamela M. Prah

Fewer than eight states are equipped to take over the federal Head Start preschool program for poor children in their states, an idea that Congress is seriously considering, early childhood education experts warn. Part of the problem is that no one really knows how good the 40 state-run pre-K programs are, said Amy Wilkins, executive…