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April 16, 2014

N.C. Pre-K Program Shows Greater Gains Than Expected, Study Says

A study of North Carolina's pre-K program for at-risk 4-year-olds has yielded a greater impact than expected, a new study states.

April 10, 2014

Conn. Lawmakers Seek Pre-K Expansion, Funded in Part With Tobacco Money

If a legislative proposal passes, Connecticut would be able to enroll 50,000 more students around the state and prioritize students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.

March 21, 2014

Preschool Suspensions a New Data Point for Civil Rights Data Collection

Boys and black children were suspended from preschool in disproportionate rates, according to a Education Department data collection on nearly all public and charter schools in the country.

January 30, 2014

Is Kindergarten the New First Grade? Researchers Say Yes

The days when kindergarten focused on playing and finger painting may be waning, according to a new University of Virginia study, as early-learning classrooms devote significantly more attention to preparing students to read.

December 20, 2013

Governors Offer Bipartisan Praise for Early Learning Challenge Grants

Nearly $281 million will be divided among six states in the third round of the early-learning grant program, and state leaders on both sides of the aisle said they appreciated the opportunity to compete for the funds.

December 02, 2013

State Legislatures Approve New Plans to Strengthen Early Learning

The Education Commission of the States compiled a list of laws enacted in 2013 to support early literacy, preschool access, teacher preparation, and program quality.

November 27, 2013

PBS Math Supplement Boosts Math Skills For Young Children

A federally-funded study showed positive results for children who participated in a 10-week curriculum featuring characters such as Curious George and Sid the Science Kid.

October 18, 2013

Sixteen States and D.C. to Compete For Early Learning Challenge Funds

The U.S. Department of Education plans to award grants ranging from $37.5 million to $75 million, based on the winners' population of children ages birth through 5 from low-income families.

September 09, 2013

Quality Emphasis Part of Proposed Changes to Child-Care Block Grant

The proposed bipartisan legislation, introduced in Congress last spring, would call for states to set aside a greater share of their federal funds to improve early-childhood programs.

September 06, 2013

Sesame Workshop, Success for All Launch Classroom Partnership

Sesame Workshop, the educational New York-based nonprofit which created the beloved characters, has partnered with Success for All, a whole-school reform model, to launch a pilot targeting disadvantaged four-year-olds in five states.

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