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Hundreds rally for changes to Hawaii’s public education system

February 8, 2016 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted

Hundreds rallied Friday in support of the state’s public education system. They’re advocating for a bill created by the Hawaii State Teachers Association that they say will drastically improve the school system. Senate Bill 2586  is a 10-part education omnibus bill that focuses on  . . . 10 principles [including preschool].

Preschool helps kids, but how much? And who does it help most?

February 1, 2016 AccessOutcomesState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Patrick O'Donnell

Preschool helps kids. It helps them read better. It helps with motor skills. It helps with socialization and behaving around other kids. And it prepares kids better for kindergarten. But how much? Who does it really help? Do the benefits last? And is it worth the money? That’s where the consensus breaks down and the…

The biggest public policy mistake we’re continuing to make, year after year

February 1, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Jared Bernstein

By not investing in quality early childhood education, we're leaving vulnerable kids behind and lots of future benefits on the table.

House Republicans roll out education agenda

January 27, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Craig Carper

House Republicans rolled out their education agenda today at the State Capitol, with many of the bills focusing on school choice. Several bills would aim to expand access to early childhood education, but not universal Pre-K. Republicans will offer a mixed delivery model which will take advantage of public, private and faith based opportunities.

Is preschool necessary? The Great Debate

December 15, 2015 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Ana Connery

There’s no shortage of  research  on the benefits of preschool. It not only gives kids an introduction to the school environment they will be a part of for the better part of two decades, but also provides opportunities to develop social skills, among many other benefits. From learning how to wait your turn to knowing the…

Top 5 in Early Childhood From 2015

December 11, 2015 AccessOutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalUniversal and TargetedWorkforce
Sara Mead

2015 brought a spotlight and big changes to the way we think about early childhood education.

Universal or Targeted Preschool, That is The Question

December 11, 2015 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Lillian Mongeau

With Bernie Sanders proposing that all public universities become tuition-free zones for students of all stripes, and Hillary Clinton pushing a plan that would target middle- and low-income Americans with scholarship money, the higher ed debate is beginning to travel the well-worn paths early educators have trod for years. That is: Should we spend more…

A bottom-up movement for universal pre-K in Ohio

November 20, 2015 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Mary Kuhlman

An Ohio community is tackling efforts to expand early-childhood learning from the bottom up. Hundreds of people, along with some local and elected leaders, were on hand Thursday night at a Cincinnati church to announce the People’s Platform for Universal Preschool. Troy Jackson, executive director of the AMOS Project, a coalition of congregations, said the…

Review of Do We Already Have Universal Preschool?

November 12, 2015 AccessUniversal and Targeted
W. Steven Barnett

A recent report published by a new project at Brookings called “Evidence Speaks” claims that advocates exaggerate unmet need as well as the cost of universal pre-kindergarten (UPK). It estimates that 69 percent of all four-year-olds already attend preschool and that universal access tops out at 80 percent enrollment. To close this modest gap, the…

The perpetual debate over targeted vs. Universal Pre-K

November 4, 2015 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Abbie Lieberman

There is  growing consensus  that access to pre-K is important and that governments should invest more in early education. But should services be available to all children or just those who policymakers have determined need them the most? When resources are limited, is it better to provide more generous supports to a select group or modest services to…