Early Education in the News

Charlotte Observer
October 26, 2007

This state boasts two nationally recognized programs, "Smart Start" and "More at Four," which expand access to early childhood education. But there is still much to be done to ensure that these two programs receive the funding necessary so that all eligible children in this state are able to participate in high-quality early education programs.

Tulsa World
October 26, 2007

Previous research shows that the universal public pre-k program gave gains in several learning indicators for all participating children, especially those from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds. New data indicates the classroom activities led by the teachers may be the chief reason for the higher performance, said William T. Gormley.

The Boston Globe
October 25, 2007

How do you build a better preschool? To find out, Massachusetts has given $4.6 million in grants to programs in 62 cities and towns. The early results of this funding from the Department of Early Education and Care show that preschool should meet working families' needs and advance teachers' educations.

U.Va. News
October 23, 2007

Forty-three percent of Virginia's 4-year-olds were not enrolled in preschool in 2005, according to U.Va.'s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. Children from families below the poverty level had the lowest rate of pre-school enrollment.

The Billings Gazette, Billings, MT
October 23, 2007

The children are 3 to 6 years old and are assisted in making the transition from preschool to kindergarten at Shepherd. The kindergarten teachers and students know the preschoolers because they attend class in the same building, and the preschool school kids are used to being in the classroom by the time they get to kindergarten.

New York Daily News
October 23, 2007

The State Board of Regents gave a boost to working parents Monday by urging more money for full-day prekindergarten programs. Although parents celebrated earlier this year when lawmakers okayed a statewide expansion in schooling for 4-year-olds, the money was limited to half-day programs that last 2 1/2 hours.

The Daily Press, Newport News, VA
October 20, 2007

The latest research data has proven that more than 85 percent of a child's brain network is wired in the first five years of life. Environmental and health factors, combined with early learning experiences, determine their lifelong ability to learn, to relate to others, to be productive in the workplace and to be fully engaged citizens.

The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, IN
October 19, 2007

A national satellite conference on pre-kindergarten Wednesday was an encouraging view of the success early childhood education efforts are enjoying around the country. Indiana earned no mention among the success stories, nor was any of its elected leaders featured as pre-K champions.

KATC3, Lafayette, LA
October 19, 2007

Louisiana's public prekindergartens have lasting results: the first children who had a full year in the program did significantly better than other third-graders on standardized tests, an expert says. "In my opinion, Louisiana has consistently implemented the highest quality pre-K in the history of the United States," Craig Ramey, a Georgetown University professor who has studied the program since it began in January 2002, told the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board on Thursday.

The Record, Bergen County, NJ
October 19, 2007

New Jersey's substantial investment in early childhood education through the Abbott preschool program is producing results. The National Institute for Early Education Research recently reported that the learning gains children made in preschool continued into elementary school.

October 17, 2007

Children with disabilities often fall behind academically due to a lack of sufficient special education opportunities. Richmond Public Schools has teamed up with the Faison School for Autism to create a free preschool classroom specifically designed to meet the unique needs of autistic children.

St. Charles Republican, St. Charles, IL
October 17, 2007

Mi casa es verde. Anyone needing help translating that sentence can ask the preschoolers at Chesterbrook Academy in St. Charles, 600 Courtyard Drive. The school's 110 2-year-old through kindergarten students are the first round of preschoolers learning Spanish as part of a new program rolled out by the academy this fall.

Tahlequah Daily Press, Tahlequah, OK
October 16, 2007

Whether its through learning to count, reciting the alphabet, or even socializing with other children, the Head Start program aims to give children just that: a head start on their educational journey. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Office of Head Start, the program is designed to promote school readiness by "enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services" to children and families.

The Montgomery Advertiser
October 15, 2007

If Alabama invested in making a quality pre-kindergarten program available to the children of all parents who wanted to take advantage of it, the economic return to the state could rival the state's investment in recruiting such hard industries as automobile manufacturers. The long-term results of investing in pre-k include increased likelihood of graduation and secondary education, increases in wages and tax revenues, and reductions in public assistance, delinquency and crime.

The Oakland Press, Pontiac, MI
October 14, 2007

Spending on programs designed to help make all children ready for school did go up this past fiscal year by about $7.7 million, according to a study published in December by Michigan's Children, a Lansing-based advocacy group. But overall spending remains a third lower than it was in 2001, the group said.

The Chillicothe Gazette, Chillicothe, OH
October 12, 2007

Just talking to a child can improve vocabulary and performance in school. At least that's what new educational research has shown and what MaryJo Flamm-Miller is trying to spread to parents and others in Ross County through a series of literacy programs.

The Buffalo News
October 10, 2007

The importance of early childhood education can't be overstated in a city that holds the dubious distinction of being the second poorest in the nation. Study upon study highlights the direct link between early childhood education and future economic growth.

Pocono Record, Stroudsburg, PA
October 9, 2007

The tool, called the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program, was authorized under Act 4 of 2001. It enables corporations owing certain types of tax to dedicate the money to scholarships for children so they can attend quality pre-kindergarten.

The Tennessean
October 9, 2007

The program's goal is to teach kids in one semester how to work through meltdowns in an appropriate way and be ready for kindergarten. Similar pre-K programs have been opening across the country, said Ellen Frede, co-director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, a unit of the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

The Examiner
October 8, 2007

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray in the next month or so is slated to introduce legislation to make pre-kindergarten available to every 3- and 4-year-old in the nation's capital, an idea that would costs tens of millions of dollars to implement. The exact language of the legislation hasn't been written, but there are two basic goals: expand pre-K access to all, and improve the quality of all pre-K programs so that they’re accredited.