Some high-profile folks in Texas have come out in "strong opposition" to the Texas legislature's plan, endorsed by the governor, to expand public preschool in the state.
This is the first in a series of occasional interviews with researchers on the science of learning in young children.
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, a Republican, signed a bill into law providing $3 million in state grants to preschool programs for students from low-income families.
Approval of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act by the U.S. Senate comes as advocates are focusing on early education as a bipartisan issue.
Members of the House education committee want to know why an inspection that raised allegations of abuse didn't result in New York City having its Head Start funding suspended or revoked.
UPSTART, which also received a federal Investing in Innovation Grant, will be used by an estimated 15 percent of the state's 4-year-olds, according to the company that created the educational software.
During Tuesday's Senate education committee, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the ranking member and co-author of the bill, will offer an amendment to strengthen early-childhood education--and it looks like she has the Republican support needed to do so.
A bill to expand early-learning opportunities gets approval from both the GOP-controlled Senate and the Democratically-controlled House, but the budget remains up in the air.
A New Mexico program providing 25 extra days of class time for children in kindergarten through 3rd grade has brought excellent results, according to outside evaluators.
Michigan is among several states working on a process of rating child-care programs that can be helpful to parents and spur improvement in the field.