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November 10, 2015

Governors Ask Congress to Keep Preschool Development Grants Alive in Budget

"Governors understand that early childhood education is a key component of building a literate, knowledgeable and skilled 21st century workforce," Govs. Jay Inslee and Robert Bentley wrote to the four congressional representatives.

May 19, 2015

Early-Education Bill Reintroduced in the House, But Prospects Still Grim

When it was first introduced in 2013, the bill had a hefty price tag of $30 billion over the first five years and only got the support of three Republicans.

March 24, 2015

Slim Chances for Early Ed. in NCLB Rewrite, Says Sen. Lamar Alexander

Sen. Lamar Alexander said the federal government already spends about $22 billion annually on various early-education programs, but the money is fragmented and often ineffective.

September 22, 2014

New Preschool Poll Shows Voters in North Carolina Ready to Invest in Early Ed.

Results of the poll were shared with U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and the state's Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis, who are in the nation's closest mid-term election race.

April 09, 2013

Transparency Watch: Head Start Contest Leaves Us Scratching Our Heads

Guest post by Nirvi Shah So which of the Head Start providers on a watch list by the federal government didn't make the cut during the first attempt at accountability for the decades-old pre-K program? It's hard to say. And the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services won't, either. Last week...

April 05, 2013

Obama Would Pay for Pre-K Program by Raising Tobacco Taxes

The administration reportedly proposes covering at least part of the prekindergarten expansion by raising federal taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

March 11, 2013

Lawmakers Eye Early Childhood Expansion

Legislators have taken an interest in early childhood education.

October 20, 2011

Early-Learning Race to Top Contests: 35 State Applicants

The Early Learning Challenge Fund, a Race to the Top competition, has drawn interest from 35 states, plus D.C., who are competing for awards from $50 million to $100 million.

December 08, 2010

House Dems Include Money for Race to the Top 2.0 in Giant Spending Bill

Leaders in the Democratic-for-now House of Representatives have included $550 million to extend the Race to the Top program in a big, giant spending bill that finances most government programs at last year's levels until Sept. 30.

November 06, 2008

Item 1 on Obama's To-Do List: Expand Pre-K Programs?

For all the talk of how the already overdue reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act will present a major test for President-elect Obama, some are betting that the first education item on the new administration's to-do list will be expanding pre-K programs.

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