3rd Grade Literacy: How Much Progress Is Your State Making?

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.

Think Tank Calls for States, Not Feds, to Take the Lead on Early Education

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.

Regional Educational Group Calls For Increased Early-Childhood Investment

The Southern Regional Education Board, a coalition of 16 states, released a guide for legislators in supporting early-education initiatives in their states.

Do 4-Year-Olds Lose When They Share Classrooms With 3-Year-Olds?

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.

Governors Push to Retain Preschool Development Grant Funding

The federal budget bills currently under consideration would cut funding to the grant program, which is meant to help states start or expand prekindergarten.

Partisan Divide Detected on Early-Childhood Education

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.

PBS Launches Online Documentary on Early-Childhood Education

"The Raising of America," a documentary TV special about early care and education in this country, launched online on Monday.

California Law Provides Unequal Access to Transitional Kindergarten

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.

Subsidized Child Care Expanding, But Still a Scarce Resource in Many States

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.

Early Learning Challenge Grant Winners Making Key Gains, Says Ed. Dept.

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.

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