Pre-K Movement Heats Up in States With Small State Programs, or None

The past few weeks have seen an uptick in preschool activists making themselves known in some states that have typically had small (or no) state preschool programs.


Bill Would Make Kindergarten Mandatory in Mississippi

If a measure currently before the state's legislature passes, Mississippi will become the 16th state to require that children attend kindergarten.


Chronic Absenteeism Challenges D.C. Public Schools' Preschool Program

The school system's early-childhood office requested research on preschool attendance, and found many of its most needy children are missing a substantial part of the school year.


Study: Minority Low-Birth-Weight Babies Less Likely to Get Help

A study of 10,433 California babies born with a very low birth weight in 2010-11 found that many were not referred to a free statewide program that provides follow-up care.


Preschool Programs That Treat Trauma Lay Groundwork for School Success

Preschool programs focused on treating children who have suffered from trauma continue to spring up across the country with the aim of preparing the most fragile young learners for kindergarten and beyond.


U.S. House Committee Solicits Comments for Head Start Act Rewrite

The 50-year-old program was last reauthorized in 2007, and committee members say they would like to see new regulations aimed at reducing unnecessary rules and boosting local innovation, among other issues.


Child Care Garners Attention in State of the Union Address, Again

President Barack Obama mentioned the phrase "child care" eight times in his State of the Union Address last night, according to a Wall Street Journal count. That's more often than he said the words "terrorist," "middle class" or "opportunity.


Hispanic Preschool Participation Varies by State

Nationwide, Hispanic children have low preschool participation rates but a new Quality Counts 2015 follow-up analysis finds that enrollment varies considerably by state.


To Read Or Not To Read? That Is The Kindergarten Question

A new report out by the advocacy organization Defending the Early Years calls the Kindergarten common-core standard that children should be able to read emergent texts developmentally inappropriate.


Report Finds Mixed Results From Early-Ed. Competitive Grants

Early education programs throughout the country have grown thanks to competitive federal grants. As the grants come to a close, a report finds mixed results for winners.


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