Early Education in the News
So will we finally find out what's going to happen in the Head Start recompetition? And will the overdue Head Start evaluation that is looking at whether the positive effects of Head Start participation last through 3rd grade finally be released? Or do we have to wait for the White House and Congress to strike a deal to avert the fiscal cliff?
The current school finance system only covers the cost of half-day pre-k for eligible students. In San Antonio, several school districts cobble together local and federal money to make their programs full-day. The Legislature last year cut $5.4 billion in public education money, including $200 million in state pre-k grants.
The Alabama Board of Education last week voted to ask legislators for an additional $5 million to supplement the $19 million per year the state already pays for pre-K.
To prepare young children for elementary school, it is not just about learning the numbers and ABCs. This early learning must encourage curiosity, self-motivated learning, social skills, creative thinking, imagination, love of learning, and problem solving, which are skills that naturally emerge during the course of a child’s natural play.
Early learning is likely to be one of the few bright areas in the 2013 state budget after years of retreat. Early education is increasingly seen as essential to the learning process of a child and the State Education Department is gearing up to increase its investment in pre-kindergarten programs.
Despite a close early vote, San Antonio residents ultimately approved Mayor Julian Castro's Pre-K 4 SA initiative. The measure passed with a 53 to 46 percent vote with all precincts reporting early Wednesday morning, according to the Bexar County elections website.
Voters in Memphis and unincorporated Shelby County Tuesday rejected a countywide half-cent sales tax increase which was expected to raise about $60 million, including $30 million for schools. With 97 percent of the precincts reporting, 69 percent of voters were opposed to paying another half cent on a dollar in sales tax, with 31 percent voting in favor of the hike.
Two out of three St. Paul voters on Tuesday agreed to send $39 million to city schools, continuing an excess levy for new technology and early childhood education including all-day kindergarten.
Cutting a piece of paper with scissors. Catching a ball or hopping in the air. The way words are formed and sound. Knowing the names of colors. These are simple actions for many children of pre-kindergarten age. However, some might have trouble with them, indicating developmental problems.
An early childhood education expert testified Tuesday that Texas is not doing a good job preparing low-income youngsters for school. High-quality pre-K programs help close the achievement gap and put low-income students “in the game. You give them a shot,” W. Steven Barnett testified in the school funding lawsuit against Texas.
A $130 million initiative for pre-kindergarten education is in the early stages of development, according to the Michigan Department of Education, and a local early childhood expert is calling it one of the wisest investments the community can make for children.
“Gus the Bus” is a partnership between the Garfield School District Re-2 and the Aspen Community Foundation (ACF) to bring preschool to children right in their own neighborhoods. The classroom on wheels delivers free preschool education to children ages 3-5 from low-income families who do not otherwise have access to preschool programs.
State Superintendent John White laid out plans Tuesday for bringing all of Louisiana's publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs under a new accountability system over the next three years, hoping to ensure that tax dollars go to programs that give students a leg up once they enter primary school. It's part of a broader effort under way at the state Department of Education to flesh out a series of education laws passed during the spring session at the state Legislature this year.
For the last few years, the state’s prekindergarten programs have dealt with similar issues plaguing Georgia’s public schools, including having to cut the number of days children spend in school. But, state educational leaders are hoping to get those pre-K students back in the classroom full time.
Prosecutors like [Seth] Williams are recognizing that the "lock-'em-up" strategy doesn't work. Early education is more likely to keep kids out of trouble to begin with.
About 1.2 million 4-year-olds have gone through [Georgia’s lottery-funded pre-k] program since it launched in 1992 at a total cost of $4.5 billion. This year, 84,000 youngsters attend 3,800 public and private pre-k classes across the state.
Kentucky is taking steps to implement one common kindergarten readiness screener accompanied by best-practice guidelines for all schools. This is a collaborative effort between the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood and the Kentucky Department of Education based on recommendations from the Governor’s Task Force on Early Childhood Development.
Fargo school leaders say that getting funding for pre-kindergarten programs from the state is their top priority in the new session. North Dakota is one of only about ten states that fails to fund pre-K education. In fact -- school leaders say state law prohibits the district from funding such programs.
From Education Minister Marie Malavoy to the Conseil supérieur de l’éducation, the province’s education experts are turning to 4-year-olds in their battle against Quebec’s high dropout rate. The problem is enormous: Nearly one in three Montreal high-school students leaves school before graduating, ill-equipped to join a workplace that puts a premium on knowledge.
When we're reading, ask me to turn pages and predict what will happen next. It will keep me interested. These are examples of activities listed in the Nebraska State Department of Education's new pre-kindergarten education calendar, all written from a child's point of view. The calendar is designed to help Nebraska parents with young children who are getting ready to start school.