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Broad alliance formed to expand preschool at local level

May 2, 2016 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Jeremy Hay

Despite strong support for universal preschool for 4-year-olds in the state Legislature and among the public at large, getting programs started – and funded – on a local level is another matter altogether. That’s what a broad-based coalition is focusing on in Petaluma and the countryside that surrounds it north of San Francisco. The coalition…

Shelter set to offer preschool, care for homeless children

May 2, 2016 AccessOutcomesUniversal and Targeted
Lauren Lindstrom

Homeless families will soon have a new resource for preschool and child care, as Family House readies an on-site center which will assist only homeless children. Staff at the central-city shelter are preparing to reopen a preschool and child-care center, which will now be available to children living in three other Toledo shelters. It is…

A head start in Timor-Leste

April 21, 2016 AccessOutcomesUniversal and Targeted
Simon Nazer

In a remote community in Timor-Leste, a new preschool gives children like Roque and Domingas a place to play and learn. UNICEF and partners are working together to build more preschools throughout the country, so all children will have access to early childhood education.    Early childhood development and education programmes give children the best…

Kenney’s soda tax gets national attention:Clinton likes it, Sanders hates it

April 21, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Julia Terruso

Philadelphia’s soda tax battle has gone full-on presidential. Following comments former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made in Philadelphia Wednesday in support of Mayor Kenney’s a proposed tax on sugary drinks to universal fund pre-K education, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday he’s against the tax. Kenney’s proposal calls for a 3-cents per ounce tax…

The productive pre-K question

April 14, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
Sara Mead

Rather than debating whether pre-K works, focus on making quality preschool available to everyone.

Nationwide high-quality, universal pre-K could significantly reduce achievement gaps

April 12, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Aaron Loewenberg

What would happen if the United States established a universal, high-quality pre-K program for all four-year-olds? While the establishment of such a program would be a massive undertaking and is unlikely to become an immediate reality, it’s worth engaging in this sort of thought experiment in an effort to understand the effects such a nationwide…

Panel recommended city take lead on preschool network

March 22, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Stephanie Ebbert

An advisory committee on universal preschool established by Mayor Martin J. Walsh recommended that the city take the lead in creating and funding a public-private network of preschools of consistently high quality — but 15 months later he has yet to initiate such a partnership. Walsh, who received the recommendations at the end of 2014,…

Texas needs universal pre-K

February 29, 2016 AccessGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Helen Giddings

Over the course of last year’s legislative session, I was proud to see quality pre-K improvements thrust into the spotlight as a bipartisan priority. Through emotional and sometimes heated debate, we were able to approve House Bill 4, a grant program of $130 million to Texas schools, in an effort to bolster existing pre-K programs….

Universal pre-K: What it will cost and what needs to get done to make it work in Philly

February 24, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Cassie Owens

There are currently 14,000 quality pre-K seats and 42,500 3-to-5-year- olds in Philadelphia, according to the latest report from the Philadelphia Commission on Universal Pre-Kindergarten. The 17-person commission held a public hearing yesterday to welcome feedback on its most recent report, published earlier this month. The report discussed options for blending local, state and federal…

Legislature poised for another preschool debate

February 19, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Tim Pugmire

Minnesota lawmakers are expected to consider a host of spending proposals when the session starts next month, including several aimed at early childhood education, if the projected $1.2 billion budget surplus holds up. Early childhood education advocates highlighted their funding needs Thursday in St. Paul, during a conference called the Children and Youth Issues Briefing….