Early Education in the News

USA Today
May 19, 2010

Undercover investigators trying to enroll a handful of fictitious children in federally funded Head Start child care centers found that in about half of the cases, workers fraudulently misrepresented parents' incomes, addresses and other information to allow kids to qualify for a slot. The revelations, contained in congressional testimony presented Tuesday to the House Education and Labor Committee, come at a sensitive time for Head Start.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek
May 19, 2010

Parents who engage their young children in conversational give-and-take help their offspring gain a significant leg up in terms of language acquisition, new Dutch research reveals. The boost to childhood language proficiency appears to be predicated on allowing children to engage in so-called "serious" conversations with their family members -- dialogues that permit them to make meaningful contributions to the subject at hand.

KRCG-TV, New Bloomfield, MO
May 18, 2010

The Missouri Parents As Teachers Program is facing $13 million in state funding cuts as part of this year's budget. Under the proposed state cuts, Columbia's Parents As Teachers Program would lose about half of its 39 parent educators.

The Sentinel, Lewistown, PA
May 18, 2010

Return of investment of early childhood education includes school success, graduation, work force readiness and job productivity, [former president and CEO of Weis Markets Inc. Norm] Rich said. "Investing in children is investing in America," he said.

The Christian Science Monitor
May 18, 2010

A new report argues that third-grade reading proficiency heavily influences later achievement, including high school graduation. What's needed, say the report's authors and other education advocates, is more focus on children's 0-8 years, as well as a system that does a better job of integrating early-childhood education, K-12, parental support, and health and human services.

Honolulu Star-Bulletin
May 17, 2010

All over the country, the financial crisis has forced states to make cuts to close what the National Conference of State Legislatures found was an overall budget gap of $174.1 billion this fiscal year and has lawmakers looking to cut another $89 billion next year. That means slashing services to children, the one population they have long protected.

The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, IN
May 16, 2010

The economic tailspin forcing states to look closely at spending priorities didn't keep 29 states from increasing enrollment in their preschool programs last year. Regrettably, Indiana still languishes among the handful of backward states with no support for high-quality pre-K.

The Charleston Gazette
May 16, 2010

What West Virginia needs is greater investment in early childhood education, especially for the poorest and most disadvantaged of children. Almost one-third of West Virginia's youngest children under 5 live in poverty. If we do not address their needs, we will never achieve the prosperity we all desire.

The Washington Post
May 14, 2010

Low-quality care in the first few years of life can have a small but long-lasting impact on a child's learning and behavior, according to new results from the largest, most authoritative assessment of child rearing in the United States.

York Daily Record, York, PA
May 14, 2010

A recent state report indicates the need for more early childhood education programs, and some local providers said they see high demand.

WFAA TV, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
May 12, 2010

The Dallas Independent School District is discussing whether to make pre-kindergarten available for a full day system-wide. Doing so would nearly double the number of full-day classrooms, but it could also mean cutting the number of teachers.

The Washington Post
May 11, 2010

The study found that among African American students and boys in general, those who attended full-day pre-kindergarten classes outperformed their Head Start peers who had only half-day programs on reading benchmarks. But the results also applied more broadly.

The Oklahoman
May 11, 2010

Oklahoma is the only state where almost every 4-year-old can attend a quality pre-K program, according to the report.

The Baltimore Sun
May 7, 2010

Last year, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill directing the state education department to plan a gradual expansion of pre-K eligibility that would eventually include every child in the state. The first stage would have seen the eligibility limit on family income rise from 185 percent to 300 percent of the federal poverty line, increasing the programs' current $101 million cost by $19 million.

Education Week
May 4, 2010

Early-education programs are struggling to serve all the children who qualify for them, as the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression has caused states to slash budgets and reduce spending, according to an annual survey of state-funded programs by the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University.

San Jose Mercury News
May 2, 2010

As a group, California's kindergartners are among the youngest in the nation, but that may change under a bill being considered in the state Legislature. The legislation by Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, would require children to have turned 5 by Sept. 1 to begin kindergarten in that school year.

The Seattle Times
April 29, 2010

New research from the business-leader group, America's Edge, shows that investments in quality early learning are among the most effective ways to infuse billions of dollars into local and state economies, while creating tens of thousands of jobs and building a foundation for sustained economic security.

The Tennessean
April 29, 2010

A Republican alternative plan to close Tennessee's budget gap won't include changes to the state's pre-kindergarten program, state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said.

News Tribune, Jefferson City, MO
April 29, 2010

Changes to the popular Parents as Teachers program have been spurred by Missouri's budget troubles. The operating budget approved by lawmakers for the budget year starting July 1 cut more than $13 million from the early childhood education program.

USA Today
April 28, 2010

Experts talk too often about poorly performing middle or high schools and dismiss elementary and preschool time as the "cute" years. But these are the years we should focus on.