Early Education in the News
The Philadelphia School District's chronic problems attracting qualified teachers have forced it to rely on an alarming number of teachers who fail basic-skills tests.
The legislation creates the Illinois Early Learning Council which will coordinate state programs and services for children from birth to 5 years of age.
Offering a voluntary prekindergarten program in Louisiana would better prepare children for first grade and reduce their risk of being poor readers later in school. Louisiana has its LA4 Early Childhood Program, which prepares at-risk 4-year-olds for school by teaching them colors, letters, numbers and more.
Legislators did adopt a preschool package, but left it without funding.
Head Start is the biggest government-funded early childhood program, but it has always operated outside state control, with funds flowing directly from Washington to local grantees. The Bush administration and the House bill propose to experiment with this arrangement by creating a pilot program allowing up to eight governors, who meet strict eligibility rules, to meld Head Start into their existing preschool networks.
Over the past few years, Phillipsburg has made strides in getting parents more involved.
Unlike France and other countries where nearly all 4-year-olds go to school, less than 20 per cent of Quebec kids attended private nurseries, or prekindergarten classes, last year. Educators attribute the disparity to the former Parti Québécois government's decision to make quality day care - and not school - more widely available to children under 5.
Seven major contenders for Louisiana governor mostly praised public school classes for 4-year-olds, but offered drastically different plans on details of the state's approach.
Georgia's free, lottery-funded pre-kindergarten programs tend to have better-educated teachers and more consistent quality than private preschools, a state-funded study released Monday says. As a result, children in Georgia pre-k programs are generally better prepared for kindergarten than those in programs not sponsored by the state, the study says.
I've just finished a book called "Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children," and I am confirmed -- in spades! -- in something I'd reluctantly come to believe: that it is beyond unrealistic to expect schools to fix children who enter school -- even preschool -- already behind. Here's what the authors, Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley, found: Verbal stimulation (roughly the number of words a young child hears at home) may be the most important predictor of the child's future academic, economic and social success.
State officials estimate the costs of the two education assistance programs will approach $1 billion a year by the fiscal year that begins in July 2006.
New programs require new money, and a major challenge in implementing universal preschool in New Mexico will be how to pay for it.
[M]oney spent on young children is a hedge against much larger amounts spent later in life on welfare, government-funded medical care and prison. Steven Barnett, a Rutgers University professor and director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, audited the Abecedarian results and said early learning decreased behavior problems and crime and increased productivity and academic achievement.
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley announced a host of new and expanded programs aimed at improving the health and educational opportunities of the city's preschool children.
A statewide pre-kindergarten program for all 3- and 4-year-old does not exist.
Florida's top education officials are seeking a partial repeal of a disputed plan to lower class size, a move that could cost state taxpayers billions of dollars. The State Board of Education voted unanimously today to advocate sharply scaling back the plan, which voters approved as a constitutional amendment last fall.
And despite a national under-enrollment in Head Start programs, Head Start in Louisiana has been steadily growing. Louisiana's expanding pre-kindergarten opportunities could make the state prime testing grounds for a national pilot program meant to streamline federal Head Start programs with state pre-kindergarten programs.
Florida voters decided in November that the state should offer free prekindergarten classes to all its 4-year-olds. Now, a committee led by Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings must figure just what a universal pre-K program should look like.
The Arizona Board of Regents wants to make teaching teachers a top priority during the next 12 months.
Parents are barraged with studies about the importance of early childhood education and the need to stimulate a child's brain in the first five years. Finding a quality preschool, like finding quality child care in general, is difficult and takes work on the parents' part.