January 2014 Archives

Poor and minority children are more likely to feel the impact of evolving kindergarten curricula than are their peers from other groups, says a national study on changes to kindergarten.

Child-care subsidies paid to low-income mothers spur them to secure work, a report from the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College has found.

The mayor of Louisville, Ky., is challenging children under the age of 5 to read 1,000 books before starting kindergarten.

Kindergarten would be mandatory in California under a bill proposed by Democrat Shirley N. Weber, part of an evolving plan to recast early-childhood education.

For the first time, researchers map the qualities of Catholic preschools, which serve more than 20,000 students in nearly 500 schools nationwide and are growing as K-12 enrollment declines. Few of these programs have consistent curricula or quality standards but they all share a mission to indoctinate families into the faith.

Nashville's top schools' chief laid out a plan to offer all 4-year-olds district-run preschool by 2018, an initiative that he says was well-received, but which must be approved by the nine-member school board Feb. 11.

The Lanham Act child care centers, funded as a way to get mothers into defense jobs during World War II, provided benefits to eligible children that were significant into their adulthood, says an early-childhood education researcher.

Hawaii would be the 39th state to offer preschool for 4-year-olds, pending legislative funding.

Head Start would receive a $1 billion boost, $500 million of which would go Early Head Start, which serves pregnant women and children up to age 3.

Intense, analytical thinking begins 30 minutes after preschool-age children start recess, a University of Delaware professor asserts.

Early childhood education is seeing interest--and more funding--from city and well as state lawmakers.

The Commission to Build a Healthier America, which first released recommendations in 2009, has come together again to expand on some of its ideas related to high-quality early childhood services.

California Democrats aim to add 350,000 children to public schools via voluntary, universal preschool starting in 2015,at a potential cost of $1 billion annually.

Washington lawmakers are putting together legislation aimed at making day care look more like preschool, with stronger learning standards.

After seeing a geographic map that pinpointed community needs for at-risk preschool populations, Philadelphia providers are offered $1 million.

Unnamed sources tell Capital New York that Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to propose big, new investment in early education, which could conflict with a similar plan offered by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.


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