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Why should the federal government support high-quality early education?


June 5, 2017 AccessAssessmentState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Valerie Strauss

Every year the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, releases a report on state-funded prekindergarten programs in the United States. It is the only national report with detailed information on preschool enrollment, funding, teacher qualifications and other policies related to quality, such as the presence of a…

Education group applauds W.Va. for gains in graduation rates, early education


July 18, 2016 OutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Bill Frye

West Virginia is making gains improving its graduation rate, while earning more praise for its dedication to early learning. The report, “Gauging Progress, Accelerating Pace” from the Southern Regional Education Board, details West Virginia’s efforts to improve standards and student success as well other states in the SREB’s region. The report details the fact that West…

Education group applauds W.Va. for gains in graduation rates, early education


July 18, 2016 OutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Bill Frye

West Virginia is making gains improving its graduation rate, while earning more praise for its dedication to early learning. The report, “Gauging Progress, Accelerating Pace” from the Southern Regional Education Board, details West Virginia’s efforts to improve standards and student success as well other states in the SREB’s region. The report details the fact that West…

Early Childhood Battle In Indiana Continues


July 11, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
WIBQ

The battle for quality Pre-K education in Indiana continues as the November election draws near. Governor Mike Pence had pushed for a pilot program called  On My Way Pre-K , but then rejected millions of dollars in federal funding. Pence is in a tough battle for re-election, and has expressed renewed interest in the federal money. State Superintendent of…

Early Childhood Battle In Indiana Continues


July 11, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
WIBQ

The battle for quality Pre-K education in Indiana continues as the November election draws near. Governor Mike Pence had pushed for a pilot program called  On My Way Pre-K , but then rejected millions of dollars in federal funding. Pence is in a tough battle for re-election, and has expressed renewed interest in the federal money. State Superintendent of…

What Good Preschool Looks Like: Snapshots From 4 States


June 29, 2016 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Cory Turner

A new report, out today, provides 186 pages of answers to one of the toughest questions in education: What does it take to get preschool right? Parents and politicians alike want to know. States are spending roughly $7 billion this year on early childhood education, despite the fact that there are more cautionary tales —…

What Good Preschool Looks Like: Snapshots From 4 States


June 29, 2016 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Cory Turner

A new report, out today, provides 186 pages of answers to one of the toughest questions in education: What does it take to get preschool right? Parents and politicians alike want to know. States are spending roughly $7 billion this year on early childhood education, despite the fact that there are more cautionary tales —…

Missouri to allow rating systems for preschool


June 27, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Shelby Rowe

Before last week, Missouri was the only state in the nation that prohibited quality rating systems for preschools. However, Gov. Jay Nixon signed a law Wednesday that allows early childhood education centers to opt into a voluntary quality rating system. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is still working out the details, but the…

Missouri to allow rating systems for preschool


June 27, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Shelby Rowe

Before last week, Missouri was the only state in the nation that prohibited quality rating systems for preschools. However, Gov. Jay Nixon signed a law Wednesday that allows early childhood education centers to opt into a voluntary quality rating system. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is still working out the details, but the…

Kentucky Preschools Dropped Enrollment in 2015, But Increased Per-Student Funding


May 31, 2016 AccessAssessmentOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Rob Canning

A new report from a non-profit early education advocacy group shows that Kentucky is among states improving in the number of state dollars spent for Pre-Kindergarten education programs. According to “The State of Preschool Yearbook” by The National Institute for Early Education Research, the 2014-2015 school year saw improvement in state-by-state Pre-K funding across the…