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Why Oklahoma’s universal pre-K is successful


February 20, 2014 OutcomesState & LocalWorkforce
Robin Young

Last week, Steven Dow, executive director of Community Action Project (CAP) of Tulsa, the state’s largest anti-poverty problem that was involved in establishing pre-K as state policy, testified in front of the New York City Council on how Oklahoma’s program works. Dow joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to discuss Oklahoma’s pre-K program.

Pre-K assessments fall short on teacher performance, study says


May 15, 2013 AssessmentWorkforce
Julie Blair

Twenty states now use student performance in the early grades to assess teachers, yet current evaluation systems don’t provide an accurate picture of what’s happening in the classroom, asserts a study released today by the Washington-based New America Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to promote equity, access and excellence in education.

Proper Role of Ed-Tech in Pre-K a Rising Issue


May 7, 2013 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce
Christina A. Samuels

At the same time that educators are trying to figure out how to use technology best, others are saying that evidence suggests that there’s little need to introduce technology to young learners because it crowds out more appropriate activities.

McCrory budget would add pre-kindergarten spots, but cut some teacher assistant positions


March 20, 2013 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & LocalWorkforce
Jane Stancill

[Gov. Pat] McCrory’s plan would spend $52.4 million over the next two years to add 5,000 slots for at-risk children in the state’s pre-kindergarten program. It would add 1,800 full-time teachers, while cutting funding for teacher assistants except in kindergarten and first grade. At the same time, the ratio of teacher assistants to students would…

Paying early childhood educators what they are worth


March 1, 2013 Workforce
Sheila Regan

If preschool and child care are so important, why are they some of the worst-paid jobs you can have? When a worker can make more money as a bank teller ($11.91 an hour average), as a janitor ($11.65 an hour average), in a restaurant, or in the service industry, that contributes to higher turnover and makes…

Head Start requirement boosts college degrees for early childhood educators


January 22, 2013 Quality and CurriculumWorkforce
Lillian Mongeau

Through a concerted effort over the past five years, California is on track to meet a national requirement that 50 percent of Head Start lead classroom teachers hold a bachelor’s degree by the end of September. While only 27 percent of Head Start lead teachers held a bachelor’s degree in the 2007-08 school year, 48…

Parents clued out about daycare: study


January 2, 2013 Quality and CurriculumWorkforce
Janet Bagnall

Despite placing their children in daycare seven, eight or even nine hours a day, five days a week, many parents know little about the people who look after their children. They tend to base their choice of a centre on its location and “reputation.”

Lawmakers will consider restoring pre-k days, mandating FBI fingerprint checks for day care workers


December 27, 2012 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & LocalWorkforce
Nancy Badertscher

Georgia’s pre-kindergarten program would be 180 days a year again, and all day-care workers would be subject to FBI fingerprint checks, under early-childhood initiatives set to come before lawmakers in January.

Opinion: Give children a jumpstart to academic success


November 19, 2012 AccessEconomics and FinanceOutcomesState & LocalWorkforce
Janeth Andrade

Ultimately, the state would like to have every VPK teacher hold at least a bachelor’s in education. That would cost the state an extra 60 million dollars annual according to The National Institute for Early Education Research. However, the state currently spends 350 million on remediation for first, second and third graders. Do the math!…

Officials urge more certifications for W.Va. pre-K teachers


October 9, 2012 Governance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce
Dave Boucher

The state recommends requiring a child development associate degree, apprenticeship for child development specialist credential or something similar, [Clayton] Burch said. These parameters mirror the national guidelines proposed by Head Start officials.