Early Education in the News
The program targets kids with little or no preschool experience and is funded primarily through First 5 Marin, the early childhood education agency supported by tobacco tax revenue. Last year in Marin, 72 percent of the students in the program were Latino and more than 65 percent came from homes where Spanish was the primary language spoken at home.
But beginning in September, New Jersey's preschool program will expand: Eighty-seven more school districts will be required to offer universal preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds. All children in the state who qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches will also be offered free full-day preschool; that income limit is about $37,000 for a family of four.
Preschoolers across Broward are getting a jump on literacy through an innovative program designed by education researchers at Nova Southeastern University. The program is being tested at six centers that cater to infants and preschool children, but instead of starting with the children, the program targets the center directors, said Lorraine Breffni, director of early childhood at NSU's Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies in Davie.
Head Start is an effective early childhood development program that helps low-income children obtain educational achievement and move out of poverty. The country can't afford to have effective programs like this reduced.
Kentucky is the fourth state -- joining Florida, New York and Ohio -- to establish Seniors4Kids. [First lady Jane] Beshear hopes that the efforts of seniors involved in Seniors4Kids will not only increase enrollment in pre-kindergarten programs, but also benefit the students in the long run.
Many of the teachers who educate San Joaquin County's youngest students are working to earn specialized degrees that policymakers hope will help improve the quality of publicly funded early-childhood education.
A shortage of pre-school education facilities in poorer communities could be affecting the ability of children in those areas to complete school and defeat the generational cycle of poverty, experts have warned.
An ambitious public pre-kindergarten program in Oklahoma boosts kids' skills dramatically, a long-awaited study finds, for the first time offering across-the-board evidence that universal preschool, open to all children, benefits both low-income and middle-class kids.
Our crime prevention arsenal has one extraordinarily powerful and proven effective tool. Quality pre-kindergarten programs for kids at risk have staggering crime prevention benefits by intercepting at-risk children before they become hard-wired by a culture of crime.
Georgia, the first state to offer universal voluntary pre-kindergarten, has now fallen behind other states in educational programs for 4-year-olds, according to a report to be issued today.
The larger issue is the need to support low-income families in need of child care. It's that crucial care that's needed to help make other initiatives successful such as getting more families to take advantage of universal prekindergarten and getting more parents off welfare and into jobs. But without so-called wraparound care, those worthy efforts are doomed to fail.
State legislators recently passed funding to add more than 6,000 slots in the Colorado Preschool program statewide, including 45 in the Thompson School District's Integrated Early Childhood program.
In the Abbeville County case, scheduled to be argued on Wednesday, the justices are being asked to apply the language of the state constitution, which guarantees an adequate public education for every child, to pre-kindergarten.
Nearly 29 percent of children entering kindergarten in Akron Public Schools last fall started their public education already behind their classmates on basic readiness skills, according to data released last week by the Ohio Department of Education. The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment-Literacy (KRA-L) tests given to incoming kindergartners every fall since 2004 measure a child's ability to comprehend and process oral language and identify letters, rhymes and sounds.
Classes will include 50 percent English speakers who have no or limited Spanish proficiency skills and 50 percent Spanish speakers who have no or limited English skills. The program will provide instruction in both languages while encouraging cultural awareness in the process.
An assessment at the end of the 180-day, Pre-K Counts school year determines whether children are at the right level to begin kindergarten. Areas assessed include language, literacy and math readiness, as well as social-emotional development. The Department of Education announced this week that 94 percent of Pre-K Counts children finished the school year with age-appropriate skills and behavior or emerging age-appropriate skills and behavior.
The Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Act of 2008 provides city legislators, like D.C. Council Chair Vincent C. Gray, the opportunity to "redefine what education is" and when it starts by ensuring that every family in the District has access to high quality Pre-kindergarten programs. Charlotte Brookins-Hudson, one of the authors of the act and former General Counsel to the D.C. Council, said children whose families cannot afford to put their children in private Pre-K programs are being left behind academically.
LA4 is a real success story, primarily because it focuses on academics and accountability. A team of researchers led by Craig Ramey of Georgetown University's Center on Health and Education Results evaluates the program annually. Findings have shown consistent progress in language, print and mathematics skills.
Although New York City offers low-cost or free childcare, there are not enough places for every child. And even when a program is available, many immigrant families do not know how to navigate the complicated system to receive this service.
Gov. Ted Strickland wants a more flexible and personalized system of public schools where students are encouraged to be more creative and innovative.