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State may halt slide in preschool as report faults funding decline


April 30, 2013 AccessEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Catherine Candisky

Like much of the nation, Ohio has slashed enrollment and funding in public preschool for children in low-income families, according to a report released yesterday.  State aid for preschool dropped by more than a half-billion dollars in the 2011-12 school year, the largest one-year drop ever, according to a study by the National Institute for…

States spending less per child on pre-kindergarten programs, report finds


April 29, 2013 AccessEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
The Associated Press

State funding for pre-kindergarten programs had its largest drop ever last year and states are now spending less per child than they did a decade ago, according to a report released Monday.  The report also found that more than a half million of those preschool students are in programs that don’t even meet standards suggested…

State funding for preschool drops as Obama calls for expansion


April 29, 2013 AccessEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Michaeil Alison Chandler

State funding for preschool across the country dropped last school year after a decade of growth, tapping the brakes on the quality and reach of programs as President Obama has called for a massive expansion of early childhood education, according to a national survey scheduled for release Monday.

State’s Pre-K program wins praise, but lost funding and slots last year


April 29, 2013 AccessEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Lynn Bonner

North Carolina had one of the best pre-kindergarten programs in the country in 2011-12, but it also experienced one of the nation’s biggest drops in enrollment, according to a report released Monday.

Op-Ed: N.J. pre-k holds important lessons for MA


March 19, 2013 AccessEconomics and FinanceOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
W. Steven Barnett

Now, while the Massachusetts Legislature considers Governor Patrick’s bold proposal to dramatically increase young children’s access to high-quality early education, leaders from New Jersey travel to the State House on Wednesday to deliver a strong message. Early education works.

Georgia pre-k program lifts students, study says


January 17, 2013 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Nancy Badertscher

A first-of-its kind study of Georgia pre-kindergarten program is nearly complete, and early reports indicate it shows largely good news about the program that has enrolled about 1.2 million youngsters in 20 years.

Editorial: Pre-K education: Investing in kids is likely to pay off


May 29, 2012 AccessEconomics and FinanceOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
The Florida Times-Union

The payoff in public education is greatest at the youngest years. For public education that means pre-K programs.  While Florida has increased access dramatically, quality has not kept pace.

Opinion: Massachusetts is the education state, for now


May 18, 2012 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Jim Squires

Although Massachusetts ranks first on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, half of the commonwealth’s fourth graders scored below proficient in reading. Massachusetts also has a large achievement gap. One key to a happy ending is to support preschoolers and early education.

Opinion: Alabama must expand First Class pre-K


May 6, 2012 AccessEconomics and FinanceOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Mike Luce and Bob Powers

Alabama’s state-funded pre-K program – aptly named First Class – has the potential to not only propel our children toward a lifetime of success, but also help alleviate many of the social and economic concerns in our state.

Opinion: Time to make high quality early education a legal right


May 4, 2012 AccessEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K EvaluationsUniversal and Targeted
David Sciarra

For the second straight year, many states have reduced preschool funding, access and quality for the nation’s 3-and 4-year-old children, according to data in the “2011 State of Preschool Yearbook,” released today by the National Institute for Early Education Research.