A scorecard on which states are saying they plan to apply for the latest round of Race to the Top money, aimed at early learning.

The National Institute for Early Education Research and New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative disagree on whether states should expand or narrow the age-range of those to be served by the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge.

The Associated Press reports that a federal judge ordered Monday that the state cannot limit the number of four-year-olds enrolled in the state's pre-kindergarten program, long known as More at Four. It's not clear yet whether the state will have to rewrite its 2012 budget to comply with the order.

On July 12, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced the establishment of an Early Learning Advisory Council and tied the move to the state's intent to pursue Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge funds.

Debate is already buzzing about whether the new guidelines for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge competition will increase pressure to test preschoolers.

Pre-K Now highlights five districdts where pre-K has been at the center of school turnaround efforts.

With non-critical governmental services still at a halt, child-care subsidies have dried up, having a significant impact on low-income families and the centers that serve their children.

On July 6, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NASEP) released a report detailing 10 steps policymakers can take to build stronger pathways from pre-K through 3rd grade.

At the same time the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) is urging policymakers to clear the way for a strong pipeline from pre-K to third grade, it also has advice for principals who want to start or strengthen pre-K programs in their schools. The latest issue of Principal includes an article that details 10 steps elementary school principals can take right now to offer pre-K in their schools and link it to success in their early elementary grades.

A study in The Clinical Neuropsychologist shows that a region of the brain important for cognitive and motor control was smaller in 4- and 5-year-olds with ADHD than in typically developing children of the same age range.


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