Early Education in the News
To educate more of its young children, Massachusetts has to educate more teachers of young children.
For the second year in a row, an early education bill that attempted to formalize a statewide public preschool program and commit the necessary funding to it, never made it out of the committee hearing room.
A task force led by Gov. Christine Gregoire has recommended that the state set up an agency to focus on preschool education.
Thousands of California families would benefit from state-funded early childhood education.
Still more money is needed to ensure all 3- and 4-year-old children in Illinois can attend preschool even though Gov. Rod Blagojevich increased early childhood education funding by $90 million over the next three years.
Denver schools face an enormous challenge in educating children who arrive for their first day already far behind many of their new classmates.
A growing group of Alaskans say it's time Alaska got a quality state preschool system -- especially since it's one of only a dozen states without one.
More than 7,000 at-risk Minnesota children would be dropped from preschool, after-school and day-care programs if a proposed budget cut is passed by Congress.
Millions of parents assume preschool to be an important part of their children's lives, but that's far from reality for the working poor.
In fact, state law prohibits Idaho from paying for programs that educate children under 5.
For every $1 Louisiana invests in expanding schooling for 4-year-olds, the state government would save between $1.76 and $2.25 by the time these children turn 40 years old, according to a newly issued study by a national group that advocates universal prekindergarten.
Public pre-kindergarten programs in North and South Carolina can't expand fast enough for parents.
What really sets Oklahoma apart from Florida and the other four states that offer universal pre-K — Georgia, New York, Massachusetts and West Virginia — is the quality of its program.
State Education Commissioner Betty J. Sternberg is seeking an additional $14.6 million in state money to provide 2,200 new preschool slots.
As taxpayers, parents and educators debate the value of public preschool for every child, a new study by UC Berkeley and Stanford researchers finds for the first time that middle-class children -- not just kids from the poorest families -- receive a boost in language and math skills from preschool.
It is now a commonly accepted fact that the most important learning period in life is from birth to age 5.
That's what everyone "gets" about preschool. You have to start early.
Instead of having preschoolers complete writing drills, teachers encourage activities that enhance fine and gross motor skills.
Florida has created the fourth largest voluntary universal prekindergarten program.
A Pre-K Now study says Wisconsin's pre-kindergarten programs save money in the long run.