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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…

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.

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…

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.