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April 26, 2011

In 2010, State Preschool Spending Down, Says New Report

Today, the National Institute for Early Education Research, NIEER, released its annual yearbook, The State of Preschool 2010, which shows that total state funding for preschool declined by nearly $30 million; the first decline since NIEER began tracking in 2002. (To calculate state preschool spending, NIEER included state pre-K, state Head Start funds, and federal TANF and ARRA funds directed to preschool at states' discretion.

March 23, 2011

More Md. Kindergartners 'School-Ready'

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.

March 08, 2011

Georgia Deal Would Save Full-Day Pre-K

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.

March 01, 2011

Pre-K for Charter Schools?

Increasingly, charter operators and authorizers are looking to start pre-K programs to complement their work in K-12, yet they are often hamstrung by law and funding issues, a new essay says.

February 25, 2011

Vanderbilt Study Shows Pre-K = Academic Gains for Kids

Yesterday, Vanderbilt University's Peabody Research Institute released two studies showing that children enrolled in the state's pre-K program made greater academic gains than peers not in the program.

February 18, 2011

Iowa Gov. Proposes Preschool Vouchers

Iowa is proving a bellwether among states with shifts in party control and how that may impact state-funded preschool.

February 09, 2011

Vocabulary, Self-Control Crucial in Early Literacy Skills, Study Says

A study in the current issue of Early Childhood Research Quarterly says prekindergarten teachers are doing a good job overall in teaching early literacy skills, but should focus more on vocabulary instruction and exercises that build self-control as part of a broader curriculum. This finding is bas...

January 25, 2011

Response to Intervention in Pre-K? Share Your Thoughts

Readers, we're looking to find out if you've seen Response to Intervention being used in pre-K, and how that might mesh with IDEA's Child Find requirements.

January 10, 2011

What Will Common Standards Mean for Kindergarten?

On January 6, the BAM! Radio Network released an interesting podcast about Common Core standards for kindergarten through third grade and their potential impact on early learning.

January 05, 2011

In North Carolina, "Preschool is the New Kindergarten"

Promoting kindergarten readiness is a hot trend among preschools in Asheville, North Carolina.

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