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A universal strain: Demand up, funding static or diminishing for free preschool programs


April 28, 2012 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & LocalState Pre-K EvaluationsUniversal and Targeted
Jamie Munks

Demand for free preschool programs is on the rise, but funding for such programs, which local educators argue are vital for child development and future learning, is flat or on the decline.

Editorial: Still good news for Oklahoma in report about prekindergarten programs


April 27, 2012 AccessEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
The Oklahoman

In the equation of enrollment, funding and quality, the focus should be on preparing students for success. High enrollment and money alone don’t ensure a top-notch program. We need to make sure we’re getting the best return on investment for any state dollars spent.

Guest column: Early childhood efforts need more than office equipment


April 24, 2012 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Jack Kresnak

A new report on the nation’s efforts to provide quality early learning shows Michigan was one of the few states to increase preschool funding last year.  The bad news: We still serve only 18 percent of 4-year-olds and no 3-year-olds, putting Michigan in the bottom half of states in accessibility to pre-k programs.

Iowa preschool enrollment rises while funding falls


April 23, 2012 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Matt Breen

More than ever before Iowa parents are enrolling their kids in pre-kindergarten programs. But, while enrollment has gone up, the money to fund it hasn’t.

Column: Ohio bottoms out in preschool funding


April 22, 2012 Economics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Brent Larkin

Gov. John Kasich wants Ohio to become a winner in the federal government’s Race to the Top competition for public schools.  But in funding for one key component to educational success, Ohio has tumbled to the bottom.

State cuts back on pre-K funding


April 13, 2012 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Ginnie Graham

After years of leading the nation in access to prekindergarten programs for 4-year-olds, Oklahoma has fallen to second and rolled back its funding levels to what it was a decade ago, according to a national report.

Fla. pre-K access on rise, but quality is concern


April 10, 2012 AccessEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Christine Armario

Florida has the highest enrollment nationwide of 4-year-old children in a state pre-kindergarten program, but a new report warns the state may see little return on its investment because of poor quality and underfunding. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/10/2740167/fla-pre-k-access-on-rise-b…

New report says N.C. has lost its position as leader in Pre-K programs


April 10, 2012 AccessEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Lynn Bonner

The state’s pre-kindergarten program for at-risk 4-year-olds once was one of only six state programs nationwide that met all the institute’s standards for quality. But enrollment and state spending on N.C. Pre-K have dropped, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Institute for Early Education Research.

Early childhood education again in spotlight


October 9, 2011 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Valerie Strauss

It is not news that quality early childhood education is vital to the academic success of most children — especially those who live in poverty — but the issue is getting new attention from policymakers, corporate funders and others who recognize it as fundamental to real reform.

News on school readiness mixed


October 6, 2011 AccessEconomics and FinanceOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Mark Guydish

A new report shows Pennsylvania has made small gains in preparing children for school by age 5, but warns trends are bad in pre-kindergarten and subsidized child care. [Pennsylvania Partnership for Children President Joan Benso] pointed to a relatively stagnant level of publicly funded pre-kindergarten enrollment, and a dramatic increase in children on waiting lists…