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December 22, 2010

Iowa Legislators Debate Value of State Pre-K

As I reported earlier this month, post-election changes to Iowa's political landscape could affect the state's voluntary, universal pre-K program. Right after the elections, advocates I spoke with were hopeful that newly elected Republican lawmakers would moderate their opposition to universal stat...

December 10, 2010

Striving Readers Program Goes Birth to Grade 12

In November, the U.S. Department of Education announced it will offer $250 million for innovative literacy programs through a grant called Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program. Striving Readers has been around for a while; what's new this year is an emphasis on funding programs serving ch...

December 08, 2010

Study Shows Narrow Majority of States Protecting Pre-K in FY 11

Overall state spending on prekindergarten programs nationally grew about one percent, to $5.4 billion, in fiscal year 2011, says the advocacy group Pre-K Now.

November 30, 2010

Research: Dual-Language Pre-K Effective in Teaching English

Studies show that high-quality, dual-language preschools can be just as effective as English-only instruction in helping children to learn English.

November 17, 2010

New Mexico Pre-K Reaps $5 for Each $1 Invested, Says Study

Benefits include the value of the child care itself and likely future outcomes for the children in education, college, attendance, and the labor market, NIEER finds.

November 08, 2010

NGA Offers States Advice on Building Pre-K Programs

A guide out last month could offer newly elected governors some tips in establishing a strong early-childhood system.

November 04, 2010

Ariz. Keeps Early Ed Fund; Tenn. Elects GOP Governor

The ballot measure in Arizona would have returned tobacco tax money set aside for early education to the state's general fund.

October 26, 2010

How to Stop the Learning Drop: Two Perspectives

A key question for early-childhood research and practice is how to prevent the dropoff in academic gains that studies show often happens when children transition from pre-K to kindergarten and the primary grades. On Friday, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Universit...

October 13, 2010

Tennessee Gov's Race Heats Up Over Pre-K

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...

October 08, 2010

Mounting Support for Proposed Head Start Regs

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

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