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November 13, 2013

Proposed Pre-k Legislation: What's Good, What's Not So Good

In my previous post, I explained some of the key things that the pre-k bills introduced today by Sen. Tom Harkin and Rep. George Miller do. Here are some things to keep an eye on:  What's Good:  Strong support for diverse delivery. Under this legislation, states that receive pre-k funds would make...

May 17, 2012

Sophia Pappas, Executive Director, Office of Early Childhood Education, New York City Department of Education

Regular readers of this blog are familiar with both the challenges and opportunities of early childhood education. Even as research demonstrates the incredible learning potential of young children and the impact of high-quality early learning programs to improve young children's learning outcomes, e...

April 27, 2012

Building Systemic Capacity for High-Quality ECE

Guest post by Louise Stoney Since my focus is finance, I always worry about sustainability. As states craft QRIS, they struggle with the inevitable financial trade-offs. Most states are challenged with budget deficits and hesitant to make long-term financial commitments. They frequently structure...

April 26, 2012

Effective QRIS Technical Assistance and Coaching: Challenges and Opportunities

Guest post by Louise Stoney Quality standards have meaning only when compliance with them results in improved practice among a significant percentage of programs and practitioners. Results come from a combination of factors -- standards that focus on what matters most, programs that have the desir...

April 25, 2012

Crafting QRIS Standards That Work Across Sectors

Guest post by Louise Stoney. In my previous post I described QRIS as a powerful tool for early care and education (ECE) system reform if it is used as a framework for co-creating a new, cross-sector structure for quality, accountability and finance. Let's look more closely at what that statement m...

April 24, 2012

QRIS: A Powerful Tool for System Reform

Guest post by Louise Stoney As someone who has worked on early care and education policy and finance in many states, I have come to believe that Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) are an incredibly powerful tool for system reform. Why? Because a QRIS is more than just a way to involve p...

April 20, 2012

Head Start Designation Renewal Round-Up

*Office of Head Start Director Yvette Sanchez Fuentes makes the case for competition in Politico. *Head Start Redesignation Blog has a state-by-state listing of the funding opportunities announced yesterday. *Ed Week's Nirvi Shah reports. In a brief programming note: I'm going to be traveling ...

April 19, 2012

HHS Releases Head Start Applications

So it begins: The Department of Health and Human Services today officially announced Head Start funding opportunities in 97 geographic areas across the country where current grantees have been identified for designation renewal. Applicants, including current grantees, will have 90 days to prepare th...

April 11, 2012

Comparing Pre-K and K-12 Spending Trends: It's Not Just the Economy, Stupid

Per yesterday's post on the new NIEER Pre-K Yearbook and declining state per-pupil spending on pre-k: I think it's useful to contrast these trends in state pre-k spending with the contemporaneous trends in per pupil spending for public elementary and secondary schools over the past decade. As...

April 10, 2012

New Pre-K Yearbook Documents State Pre-K Cuts

The National Institute for Early Education Research released its annual "State of Preschool Yearbook" today. The report, which my colleague Andrew Rotherham teased at TIME last week, is a comprehensive national look at spending, enrollment, and a host of other features in state-funded pre-k programs...

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