As part of my email Q & A with New America Foundation's Laura Bornfreund about improving early-elementary teacher preparation, I asked what stakeholders could do. Here's what she said.
In a paper released earlier this month, Laura Bornfreund of the New America Foundation argues that typical K-5 elementary teacher preparation overlooks the issues most relevant to the youngest students.
Advocates in Washington State argue that early-childhood education saves state K-12 systems money as soon as children start kindergarten by reducing the need for special education services.
The state's 10th annual Getting Ready report on school readiness finds the number of kindergartners deemed "school ready" has skyrocketed since the 2001-02 school year.
Grant applications are available for the Striving Readers program, along with a request for comment on proposed priorities for the Promise Neighborhoods competition.
A new report finds slight progress on the regulation and monitoring of child care centers nationally, but says 26 states still earn a failing grade.
Data gaps are leaving policymakers unable to answer basic questions like how many children in a state receive some form of early education or how qualified are the staff working in early childhood programs.
While much attention has been focused on the congressional budget battle, state and local budget crises will also affect how many kids have access to Head Start.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he would retool his budget-reduction strategy to preserve a six-hour day in the state's pre-K program, while cutting the number of days to 160 per year, from 180.
The bill introduced by the Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn, would create a competitive grant fund for states that show the most progress developing high-quality early-learning systems.