The federal preschool program for low-income children could be used to try out new programs to support teachers and children, says a education consulting group.
The Educare model appears to show positive results for those who spent a year in the program, which blends private, public and Head Start dollars for a birth-to-5 program.
The American Enterprise Institute's policy document focuses on building more flexibility for families into federal programs aimed at supporting working families with young children.
A working paper found that parents whose children were enrolled in publicly-funded preschool in Louisiana tended to be satisfied with their choices, even if their children were enrolled in a center given low marks by outside evaluators.
A coalition of business and early-childhood groups urges the Trump administration to weigh changes that could help low- and moderate-income families pay for child care and preschool.
As New York City releases new quality ratings on prekindergarten programs, its new pre-K quality snapshots could serve as a model for other jurisdictions.
Eight communities will share in the money, which will be used to pay for studies to determine how best to support private investment in early-education programs.
The new funding provides about a third of the money needed to offer all Head Start children a full school day and full year, which is a change required under new performance standards.
Blog posts related to children developing math skills were among the most-read articles of the past year.
An analysis of federal reports shows the differences in Head Start programs among the states on issues such as teacher pay, student enrollment and length of program day.