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Early learning centers assure good start in school

February 3, 2011 Economics and FinanceEnglish Language LearnersOutcomesQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

A report from the Maryland State Department of Education found that during the 2008 and 2009 school year, young children who participated in pre-kindergarten and other child care and education services at the center were better prepared for school than those students who did not attend. Even students receiving free and reduced-priced meals, Special Education…

Opinion: Time for preschool report card

December 21, 2010 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Charles Bruner

Iowa’s voluntary preschool program for 4-year-olds just turned 4. It has grown dramatically over these years – from a $15 million initial state investment in fall 2007 to $64.5 million today, serving half of all 4-year-olds in the state. It is a good time for an assessment of progress.

Study finds child gains from NM pre-kindergarten

November 9, 2010 OutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
The Associated Press

A university study of New Mexico’s pre-kindergarten program says the initiative has helped children improve their math, vocabulary and early literacy skills. The National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University conducted the study and sampled more than 1,300 children in the 2008-2009 school year.

Study lauds effect of More at Four

November 5, 2010 Economics and FinanceOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Lynn Bonner

More at Four, the state’s preschool program for disadvantaged children, helps close the school achievement gap between poor and middle class students, according to research studies. A report on the program’s results was presented to the State Board of Education on Thursday, a few months before legislators begin to search in earnest for ways to…

Follow-up: TN pre-K programs’s effectiveness fades by 3rd grade

October 17, 2010 OutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Heidi Hall

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office last week issued another in a series of reports on the effectiveness of pre-kindergarten education in Tennessee. The report shows students who participated in the state-funded pre-K program outperformed their peers in kindergarten and first grade. By second grade, the advantage fades, and it’s undetectable by third grade.

Bridging the learning gap early in pre-kindergarten program in Providence

June 23, 2010 AccessOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Linda Borg

Ready to Learn’s program is one of seven classrooms in four cities taking part in the state’s first publicly funded pre-kindergarten program, a two-year experiment to see whether academically rich classrooms will give students, particularly low-income children, an edge in kindergarten and beyond.

North Carolina ranks among nation’s top two states for pre-K education

May 20, 2010 Quality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Tracey McCain

For the second year in a row, North Carolina ranks among the nation’s top two states for preschool education. The state tied Alabama for first, scoring a perfect 10. It’s also the fifth time the state placed in the top 10.

Editorial: Oklahoma’s pre-K, scholarship programs making marks

May 11, 2010 AccessQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

Oklahoma is the only state where almost every 4-year-old can attend a quality pre-K program, according to the report.

Editorial: Pre-K program is doing what it should

November 10, 2009 AssessmentOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

Nevertheless, getting the pre-K students ready for kindergarten and first grade, it would seem, satisfies a major objective of the program, and that is what the report found. The program was not designed to create super students who would show up their peers for the next dozen years but to put disadvantaged students on a…

Report: Tenn. Pre-K Not Effective After Second Grade

November 2, 2009 OutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Lucas L. Johnson II, Associated Press

A new report shows the effectiveness of Tennessee’s pre-kindergarten program diminishes after the second grade, but supporters say it still provides a valuable foundation that will help at-risk children succeed. The report commissioned by the state comptroller’s office late last week reveals kindergarten students who participated in the pre-K program performed better academically than a…