U.S. Department of Education money will help public television develop projects promoting math and literacy for children ages 2 to 8.


Maybe it's a tempest in a teapot, but Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam told the Associated Press last week he's hot and bothered by his opponent's charge he's soft on pre-K. In an earlier interview with AP, Democratic candidate Mike McWherter called Haslam's commitment to pre-K tepid and noted Tennessee's Republican legislators have been suspicious of the program since its expansion began in 2005. "I've said all along that I think pre-K, where it is, should remain in place," Haslam told the AP. "And when we have the money available we should look at expanding it." Since 2005, Tennessee's ...


Some thing the tough, new proposed regulations on Head Start will spur more centers to use data to guide instruction.


Despite millions of federal dollars pushing states to create data systems that would track children from preschool through high school and college, states are still struggling to include their youngest students, says a report released Friday by the New America Foundation. Over the last five years, the federal government has invested roughly $515 million to help states build and expand longitudinal data systems. The latest round of funding, $250 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), went to 20 states in May 2010 and required states to link data on early-childhood programs and the traditional K-12 system. But ...


Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that Arizona's mid-year budget shortfall looks worse than expected. Legislators are looking to cut health care and have already sponsored a ballot referendum that would sweep tobacco tax monies reserved for early-childhood education back into the general fund. In developing their latest budget forecast, state budget analysts assumed this referendum wouldn't pass, nor would another, that would sweep money for land conservation back into the general fund. And if the referenda fail, the legislature may have to go into a lame-duck special session to plug the budget hole. However, the fate of these referenda is ...


Well, I caught a preview of Waiting for Superman last night. For a great take on the film's weaknesses, see Rick Hess's post. The only thing I'd like to add to the conversation is I'm sad that a 102-minute film on education spent about one minute on anything under kindergarten. There's a minute or so of footage about the Harlem Children Zone's Baby College. And there's nothing about their Harlem Gems preschool, which has a strong track record of helping young kids close the achievement gap and go on to succeed in elementary school. So, what's the movie of the ...


Of the 49 Investing in Innovation grant winners, only one was exclusively focused on working with children from birth to age 5. Parents as Teachers won an i3 grant to provide home visiting and parent education to American Indian families with children in that age range. In her Policy Notebook blog, Sara Mead raised excellent questions about the i3 award process by taking a deep dive into PAT's application to fund this program, known as BabyFACE. She points out that though early childhood was a priority area in the selection process, all i3 grantees are expected to address K-12 education, ...


A proposed new federal rule would require lower-performing Head Start programs to compete for continued funding.


A new report suggests ways to help even the poorest families save for college and other long-term goals from the time their children are born.


Early-education advocates may want to keep an eye on the status of the DREAM Act, which would clear the way for undocumented students to get college aid and offer a path to citizenship.


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