Children who attended pre-K, plus half-day kindergarten were more likely to read at high levels than those who attended only full-day kindergarten, says a report from the National School Boards Association's Center for Public Education Children.

On November 4, the U.S. Department of Education announced the creation of a new Office of Early Learning, to oversee the Early Learning Challenge and coordinate other early learning efforts within the department.

The Occupy Wall Street movement and its spinoffs around the country have sparked plenty of chatter, even some related to early childhood.

Enrollment in Tennessee's pre-K program grew substantially from the 2005-06 school year to the 2008-09 year, according to a report from the Appalachia's Regional Education Laboratory.

The Massachusetts Teachers Association and the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts are backing legislation to authorize creation of a statewide union for early-childhood educators, a report says.

The national early-education group Jumpstart designated Oct. 6 for its sixth annual Read for the Record event, aimed at raising awareness about the importance of early reading.

Chicago schools' CEO Jean-Claude Brizard has dedicated $15 million to bring full-day programs to 6,000 more students in more than 50 schools.

Pre-K Now's final report advocates shifting state and federal policymaking in education toward a prekindergaten-through-12 system.

Yesterday, the Education Law Center, which represents the plaintiffs in New Jersey's Abbott school funding case, announced that New Jersey has increased pre-K funds to its 31 poorest districts to comply with the preschool aid component of the state's education funding formula. The budget signed by Gov. Chris Christie in July increased K-12 money by $450 million for urban students and $300 million for other districts, but included no additional preschool money. In May, Christie's attempt to cut school funding by $1.6 billion was ruled unconstitutional by the state's Supreme Court, and the court ordered funds restored to the ...

Idaho's Department of Education has recommended the state sit out the current Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant competition, the Associated Press reports.


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