Early Education in the News
Parents that have taken part in the School Readiness Program gave firsthand testimonies to special guests former N.C. Gov. Jim Hunt and state Rep. Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson, at the facility on East Center Street. Hunt, one of the champions of the program from its inception, said the program is important because 95 percent of brain development happens in the first five years of a child's life.
Today a number of child psychiatrists and developmental psychologists say depression can surface in children as young as 2 or 3. Unfortunately there is little that young children can tell us directly about what they are going through.
New regulations went into place at the start of this school year for meals served in Pre-K programs whether they're at public schools, day care or church schools. The regulations were approved by the West Virginia Department of Education last year when they learned that some state-funded Pre-K's weren't offering meals even though some ran as long as 7 hours.
For decades, millions of Californians with children who have fall birthdays have struggled over whether to pack their 4-year-olds off to kindergarten – or hold them back because they might be too young to start school. This week, California state legislators may be the closest they've ever come to making that decision for parents, with room for some exceptions.
Many parents save for more than a decade for their children's college education. There are scholarships and federal assistance to help young adults and their parents afford that huge investment in their future. But many parents are surprised to realize that four years in day care generally costs more.
Decades of research demonstrate the efficacy of quality early learning. Reading, military preparedness, college entrance and graduation, and workforce development are dependent on quality early learning.
In 2008, the most recent year for which census data is available, 17 percent of children were 6 or older when they entered the kindergarten classroom. Sand tables have been replaced by worksheets to a degree that's surprising even by the standards of a decade ago.
One of the best ways to address the need for more skilled workers in our region is investment in quality early care and education.
For some Iowa parents, the state's push for public preschool will come at a high cost as some districts charge tuition for 4-year-old students -- even those covered by state funding. The charges come despite nearly $65 million in taxpayer funding for public preschool.
Quality early childhood education is essential for Indiana's youngest residents especially as the state focuses on third-grade literacy, according to those involved in the field.
It turns out that a child's verbal ability at age 3 is a reliable predictor of reading ability in third grade. Third-grade reading ability is a reliable predictor of future academic success, high school graduation and workforce readiness.
Tennessee's Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program has now expanded to include all 95 counties with six classes in White County. Gov. Phil Bredesen announced last week that Tennessee schools have been funded approximately $84.7 million.
A new law will end junior kindergarten in public schools in 2013 but could be the catalyst for the creation of a state-funded universal preschool program.
The nation's elementary school principals lack access to the focused professional development to help them meet the higher expectations of modern early-childhood education, experts and advocates say.
Right now, there is no state budget and the cuts to pre-kindergarten and afterschool programs the governor is proposing are sending panic through Bay Area school districts.
Most dramatically, these declines will be felt in America's classrooms. A declining U.S. economy leads directly to poorer school performance and lower school readiness.
But it may be difficult to fix struggling elementary, middle and high schools without first investing in a child's earliest years. Many of the country's educational leaders agree that high-quality preschool programs pay off, and research shows those programs can lead to higher test scores, higher graduation rates and higher salaries down the line.
New Jersey has been gradually limiting the number of families eligible for wraparound services for years. Before 2007, any family living in an Abbott district could sign up. Then, eligibility was restricted to families with incomes at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level. Last year, the upper limit was reduced again to 250 percent of the poverty level.
States across the country are cutting hundreds of millions from their prekindergarten budgets.
Last October, Gov. Jim Doyle signed a law that required Wisconsin children to complete kindergarten before being admitted to first grade. This law goes into effect this academic year.