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June 17, 2015

Minnesota Budget: More for Early Ed., Not Enough for Universal Pre-K

The budget Minnesota lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton agreed to after months of haggling contains $95 million in new funding for early-childhood education.

June 11, 2015

California Budget Panel Approves $392 Million in Early-Education Funding

If the legislative proposal gets the governor's signature as part of a larger budget package it would mean 5,000 new full-day state preschool spots, among other changes.

May 18, 2015

Minnesota Governor, Lawmakers in Budget Showdown Over Pre-K

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is threatening to veto lawmakers' entire education budget bill if they don't include an additional $150 million for universal preschool.

May 11, 2015

National Report: Preschool Spending, Enrollment Up Incrementally

Forty states and the District of Columbia spent $116 million more on public pre-K in the 2013-14 school year than in 2012-13 and served 1.3 million children, the annual NIEER report says.

May 08, 2015

Texas Legislature Passes Gov.-Supported Preschool Bill

After much fuss, a bill that restores some of the funding cut in 2011, but does little to change public pre-K in Texas, awaits the governor's signature.

April 23, 2015

Texas Governor's Preschool Plan Called 'Godless' by Lt. Gov.'s Advisers

Some high-profile folks in Texas have come out in "strong opposition" to the Texas legislature's plan, endorsed by the governor, to expand public preschool in the state.

April 13, 2015

Washington State Early-Ed. Bill Passes, Funding Debate Continues

A bill to expand early-learning opportunities gets approval from both the GOP-controlled Senate and the Democratically-controlled House, but the budget remains up in the air.

April 10, 2015

N.M. Extends Extra-Days Program Aimed at Some Low-Income K-3 Students

A New Mexico program providing 25 extra days of class time for children in kindergarten through 3rd grade has brought excellent results, according to outside evaluators.

April 07, 2015

Education Department Report Calls for Congressional Action on Preschool

Only 41 percent of the nation's 4.1 million 4-year-olds are enrolled in publicly funded preschool, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education.

April 01, 2015

Pending State Legislation Could Create Big Changes in Early Ed. ... Or Not

Early-education legislation currently under consideration in several states would, collectively, have the power to bring about large changes in public preschool and early learning programs.

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