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.
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April 26, 2011
March 23, 2011
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 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
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
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 is proving a bellwether among states with shifts in party control and how that may impact state-funded preschool.
February 09, 2011
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
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
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
Promoting kindergarten readiness is a hot trend among preschools in Asheville, North Carolina.