A new report ranks every state in the country on how it's doing at preparing students to be reading proficiently at the end of 3rd grade, a critical benchmark for later academic success.
State governments, based on regional needs and abilities, should be the primary force behind expanding early care and education programs, says a new report by the American Enterprise Institute.
The Southern Regional Education Board, a coalition of 16 states, released a guide for legislators in supporting early-education initiatives in their states.
Four-year-olds enrolled in Head Start made smaller academic gains when they shared their classroom with 3-year-olds, according to a recent study.
The federal budget bills currently under consideration would cut funding to the grant program, which is meant to help states start or expand prekindergarten.
Preschool has been embraced by state and local lawmakers of both political parties, but there's still a partisan divide on the issue, according to recent research.
"The Raising of America," a documentary TV special about early care and education in this country, launched online on Monday.
California has a law on the books that provides a free year of public school to kids born in the fall, that no one else gets.
While most states are broadening their child-care assistance policies to serve more families, others are moving backward, says a report by the National Women's Law Center.
The Education Department released a positive update of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant program, even as it fights to renew another early-childhood initiative.