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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….

Alabama’s first class pre-K named nation’s best pre-K program for tenth year in a row

May 13, 2016 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Press Release

For the tenth year in a row, Alabama’s state-funded, high-quality and voluntary First Class Pre-K program was named the nation’s highest quality pre-kindergarten program. Today’s announcement was made by the National Institute for Early Childhood Education, which annually ranks state pre-k programs for quality based on ten measures. Alabama’s voluntary pre-k program is one of…

Public Pre-K Enrollment, Spending Still Growing Very Slowly, Report Says

May 12, 2016 AccessAssessmentEconomics and FinanceOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K EvaluationsUniversal and Targeted
Lillian Mongeau

Total spending on public preschool has surpassed pre-recession levels for the first time since the 2008 downturn, adjusting for inflation, according to the latest data release from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), a think tank in New Jersey focused on early education.  The 42 states with public preschool programs and the District…

Enrollment in State-Funded Preschool Inched up in 2014-15

May 12, 2016 AccessState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Karen Matthews

The number of 3- and 4-year-olds in state-funded classrooms rose slightly during the 2014-15 school year to almost 1.4 million, according to a national preschool report released Thursday. The report from the National Institute for Early Education Research found a wide range in per-pupil spending and quality of programs, with  New Jersey  spending $12,149 for each child…

Study gives New Mexico high marks for pre-kindergarten push

May 12, 2016 AccessAssessmentOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Robert Nott and Cynthia Miller

A new report on early childhood education lauds New Mexico, a state that regularly ranks at the bottom of national surveys on child well-being, for increasing its investments in pre-kindergarten programs and increasing its pre-K enrollment. The state moved up 10 spots in the 2015 State Preschool Yearbook, a report by the National Institute of…

Baby TALK Early Head Start receives award of excellence

April 26, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Anthony Wilder

Baby TALK has been recognized by ExceleRate as a top early learning and development provider. Baby TALK Early Head Start received the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois. ExceleRate is a comprehensive system that allows early childhood programs to apply to be recognized for the services that they offer to their families. Gold…

Editorial: State’s VPK fail leaves parents with less of a choice

April 18, 2016 AccessAssessmentEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

Florida education officials want to take a “pause” this fall in providing ratings for the state’s free Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) program. They’d like to skip out on this responsibility next year, as well. Good. Let them. They tried replacing a so-so ratings system with a more expansive, computer-based one in 2014, and the technology blew…

UNL to lead national network studying early childhood education

January 25, 2016 OutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Chris Dunker

Researchers across the country will study policies and practices of early childhood education that help close the achievement gap in a $6.5 million project led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Early Learning Network, part of a $26 million U.S. Department of Education initiative, will study how education policies differ in rural and urban areas…

Is ‘Sesame Street’ really as good as preschool? Let’s ask a Nobel Prize winner.

July 2, 2015 AssessmentState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Valerie Strauss

Can kids really learn as much from “Sesame Street” as from preschool? Recently,  a new working paper  from the National Bureau of Economic Research titled “Early Childhood Education by MOOC: Lessons From Sesame Street,” prompted media stories, including one in  The Washington Post , saying that “Sesame Street” can be as effective as preschool in lifting student achievement… The authors examine differences…

State of Our Schools: Pre-K studies

November 16, 2014 OutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Daily Journal

A study by The National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University found that ruling has led to dramatic improvements in both the quality of pre-K classrooms and the performance of children. NIEER found those who attended the program made strong gains in language, literacy and math at kindergarten entry and that those gains…