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John King: We’ve Got Unfinished Education Business


September 22, 2016 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Lauren Camera

The education landscape has undergone a sea change under the Obama administration, but Education Secretary John King sees a handful of pressing issues he considers unfinished business, with early childhood education being chief among them. “There is a very large number of students in this country who don’t have access to high-quality early learning,” King…

Universal Preschool Rollout Hits Snag Over Background Checks


September 19, 2016 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Tiffany Danitz Pache

Some children eligible for the first year of state-funded pre-kindergarten might not be able to start on time because of questions about who is responsible for overseeing security checks on private preschool providers. Some providers didn’t finish the needed security checks by the start of the school year. Superintendents have been warned by their trade…

3,300 kids in Minnesota will enroll in free, voluntary pre-K programs this year


September 9, 2016 AccessUniversal and Targeted
HometownFocus.us

Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith were joined by Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius in August to announce that beginning this fall, 3,302 fouryear olds in 74 Minnesota school districts and charter schools will attend voluntary pre-kindergarten, free of charge. These programs will save families thousands of dollars, while preparing Minnesota’s youngest learners for…

Hillary Clinton’s Preschool Revolution


September 7, 2016 AccessAssessmentEconomics and FinanceOutcomesUniversal and Targeted
Lillian Mongeau

For the first time in U.S. history, Americans may be about to elect a president whose signature issue is early childhood. “If we want our children to thrive in tomorrow’s economy, we must invest in our children’s future today, starting with our youngest learners, especially those from our most vulnerable and at-risk communities,” Hillary Clinton…

Prioritizing Preschool


September 6, 2016 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Nora Doyle-Burr

Ivann Ordway, 4, joined several of his classmates as they explored their new preschool classroom at Bradford Elementary School during an open house before school started. The program’s first day last Wednesday marked Ivann’s first ever day of school.  As a result of the state’s new universal preschool law, Act 166 — which went into effect…

Back-to-School Bus Tour Offers Look Back at Obama Education Agenda


September 2, 2016 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Lauren Camera

Secretary of Education John King will host the last back-to-school bus tour of the Obama administration next week, with plans to make 12 stops across six states as he and Education Department officials travel from the nation’s capital south to their final destination in Louisiana. Along the way, King will tout the major successes of…

New York City offers a model for early education


August 23, 2016 AccessAssessmentOutcomesQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
Reggie Dogan

During the first few years of life, a child learns so much about themselves and the world around them, and parents are their first teachers. Parents, at their best, teach their children how to speak, how to walk, how to feed themselves. They teach them the alphabet, shapes and colors, and in some instances how to…

Vt. leads nation in universal pre-k


July 11, 2016 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Lisa Rathke

Vermont has become the first state to provide publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs to all 3- and 4-year-olds as of this month, state officials say.  The law requires Vermont communities to offer at least 10 hours a week of free, high quality preschool for 35 weeks per year to children in that age group. Previously, some…

Vt. leads nation in universal pre-k


July 11, 2016 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Lisa Rathke

Vermont has become the first state to provide publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs to all 3- and 4-year-olds as of this month, state officials say.  The law requires Vermont communities to offer at least 10 hours a week of free, high quality preschool for 35 weeks per year to children in that age group. Previously, some…

Gregg and Ritz unveil universal pre-K proposal


June 28, 2016 AccessGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
WANE Staff Reports

Two top Indiana Democrats on the ballot this November released a plan Thursday for developing a state-funded preschool program that would be available to all Indiana children regardless of family income. Former House Speaker John Gregg, who is running for governor, and state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz said their joint proposal would direct $150 million…