Early Education in the News
Head Start programs will serve at least 440 fewer children this year and shed dozens of jobs across Kansas as a result of the federal sequester, a new statewide tally shows.
New information about the high costs of quality child care — it can cost as much as a year in college — indicates that middle- and upper-middle-class families are having the same difficulties finding the money to pay for it as the working poor.
Bill de Blasio has hinged his candidacy for mayor on a bold idea: raise taxes on high-earning New Yorkers to pay for a vast expansion of prekindergarten and after-school programs. Mr. de Blasio has portrayed the proposal as a fast-acting antidote to inequality, and he has won endorsements from prominent experts in education and poverty. But his plan would most likely face several obstacles if he were elected.
This extensive and persuasive evidence, recently presented to City Council by Rutgers professor Steve Barnett, leads to one conclusion: It is time for Seattle to make voluntary, high-quality preschool available and affordable to all of our 3- and 4-year-old children. It’s the right thing to do for today’s children and for future generations.
Stuttering is common among preschoolers, but it is not likely to have a negative impact on their temperament, a new study suggests.
Some D.C. parents are protesting a proposal by the city’s public charter school board to rank preschools based largely on how children as young as 3 are performing on reading and math tests.
This study suggests that states ought to make changes in the ways they rate the quality of pre-K programs. Rating systems should focus on rating the quality of teacher-child interaction.
Julián Castro, San Antonio's centrist Democrat mayor, asked a panel of business bosses to pinpoint one moment in the education cycle to be funded from a new sales tax. They chose pre-K, aiming at children, notably from poor and immigrant families, who reach school unready to learn and never catch up.
D.C.’s Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is deciding how to expand its Performance Management Framework (PMF) to pre-K providers. The proposed changes would allow charters that offer pre-K to choose between two systems for scoring these programs. Option 1 ties 60 percent of a pre-K program’s PMF score to reading and math growth between the beginning and the end of the pre-K year. Option 2 reduces that number to 45% if the program opts to include a social-emotional learning assessment as part of its accountability system.
Parents often decide to stay home because they think doing so is better for their children. . . . But is this notion—that kids do better when a parent, typically a mother, stays home with them—actually true? . . . There’s quite a lot of research on the issue, which isn’t surprising considering how ubiquitous child care is in this country: According to the U.S. Census, 16 percent of babies under the age of 1 are enrolled in center-based day care, while 26 percent of 1- to 2-year-olds are.
Middle-income parents who had a child in 2012 can expect to pay close to a quarter of a million dollars to feed, shelter, and provide the other necessities needed to raise their child over the next 17 years.
Researchers used data from two studies of nearly 3,000 children in 703 state-funded pre-kindergarten classrooms from nine states, representing a variety of pre-kindergarten models in use across the United States. Using this data set, investigators calculated the extent to which various features of program quality included in each of nine different states’ Quality Rating and Improvement Systems, or QRIS, actually predicted children’s readiness for kindergarten at the end of their year in pre-K.
Around 380 families will lose Head Start services as a result of the national sequester, but West Virginia's 4-year-olds won't likely lose preschool classes. That's because of West Virginia's newly expanded universal preschool program — there has been state-funded preschool in every county for more than a decade, and last fall lawmakers approved legislation mandating that all 4-year-olds are given the option to attend every day, not just a full-day program.
Early childhood educators are worried about California losing more than 5,600 Head Start slots.
The Administration for Children and Families reported Monday that 51,299 fewer children will begin Head Start preschool programs and 5,966 fewer toddlers will enter Early Head Start programs due to the $85 billion in federal budget cuts called sequester.
Proven results.\When forming an opinion about whether an early education program ought to be funded, most folks will likely start by asking the same question: does the program generate results?...In the case of Head Start, the federal government's multi-billion dollar initiative, debate has been going on for decades. Earlier this year, W. Steven Barnett, executive director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, said that the program is likely having a moderate impact on children from low-income families.
About 57,000 poor children will lose access to federally-subsidized preschool because of across-the-board U.S. spending cuts this year, a smaller number than the Obama administration previously said might be affected....The figures released today by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department are based on estimates from organizations that run the Head Start programs. The Obama administration warned earlier this year that automatic spending reductions that started in March might affect as many as 70,000 children.
Child care costs aren’t just crushing parents in New York, where everything is more expensive. They’re crushing parents across the country.
Although it's unclear how many child care centers in gyms are unregulated nationwide, 12 states, including Alabama and Indiana, grant license exemptions to child care centers with short-term care, according to Child Care Aware of America, a child care advocacy group. Eight states, including Illinois and Michigan, exempt centers from licenses if a parent is located on the premises. Centers at gyms can fall into either category.
The difficulty of obtaining good, affordable day care is well known as a problem afflicting the working poor. But increasingly, middle- and upper-middle-class parents are finding that day care is hard to find or access and that even when it is available it is startlingly costly.