July 2011 Archives

New Research on Cost Savings from Early Learning

The Pew Center on the States released a report by economist Timothy Bartik on the effects and cost savings taxpayers can realize from high quality pre-K programs.

Funders to Support States in Race to Top Early Learning Bids

The BUILD Initiative and the First Five Years Fund have joined forces to help states competing for Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge funds, and the Birth to Five Policy Alliance will join the effort by sometime next year.

Race to the Top, Then and Now

Last week, the New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative released a handy chart comparing the original K-12 Race to the Top with the new Early Learning Challenge.

Early Learning Challenge: Who's In, Who's Out

A scorecard on which states are saying they plan to apply for the latest round of Race to the Top money, aimed at early learning.

Advocates Split on Age-Focus in Race to Top Early-Ed. Contest

The National Institute for Early Education Research and New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative disagree on whether states should expand or narrow the age-range of those to be served by the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge.

N.C. Judge Orders State Pre-K Services Restored

The Associated Press reports that a federal judge ordered Monday that the state cannot limit the number of four-year-olds enrolled in the state's pre-kindergarten program, long known as More at Four. It's not clear yet whether the state will have to rewrite its 2012 budget to comply with the order.

Kentucky Creates Early Learning Advisory Council

On July 12, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced the establishment of an Early Learning Advisory Council and tied the move to the state's intent to pursue Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge funds.

Will RTT-ELC Raise Test Pressure on Preschoolers?

Debate is already buzzing about whether the new guidelines for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge competition will increase pressure to test preschoolers.

New Report Recommends Pre-K as School Turnaround Strategy

Pre-K Now highlights five districdts where pre-K has been at the center of school turnaround efforts.

Minnesota Government Shutdown Halts Day Care Subsidies--Update

With non-critical governmental services still at a halt, child-care subsidies have dried up, having a significant impact on low-income families and the centers that serve their children.

NAESP Suggests 10 Steps to Building Pre-K to 3 Pipeline

On July 6, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NASEP) released a report detailing 10 steps policymakers can take to build stronger pathways from pre-K through 3rd grade.

Elementary Principals Urged to Add, Expand Pre-K Programs

At the same time the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) is urging policymakers to clear the way for a strong pipeline from pre-K to third grade, it also has advice for principals who want to start or strengthen pre-K programs in their schools. The latest issue of Principal includes an article that details 10 steps elementary school principals can take right now to offer pre-K in their schools and link it to success in their early elementary grades.

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