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Examining the push to get kids starting school strong.
March 20, 2014
What my family got out of daycare that public pre-K could provide
A mother says she hopes the city's expansion of pre-kindergarten will provide the same kind of insight into child development, strategies to try at home, and dynamic social atmosphere that her children's daycare offered.
March 19, 2014
Preschool: Support reached the tipping point
Why was this time different for preschool at the statehouse? Two big factors: strong and growing support for early childhood education from business leaders and Pence’s evolving embrace of the idea of state aid for poor preschoolers over the past year.
Save the date
March 17, 2014
A tale of two districts and their kindergarten cut-off dates
Kindergarten entrance dates are a fraught subject for parents, and recent changes to the dates in two Colorado districts illustrate the anxiety and questions such changes provoke.
March 17, 2014
What de Blasio says when he talks to parents about pre-K
Mayor Bill de Blasio joined a phone drive at the Brooklyn Public Library on Sunday to recruit families to sign their children up for new…
March 13, 2014
Indiana moving to offer direct aid for preschools for the first time
A last minute compromise today revived a preschool pilot, which then passed the legislature, giving Gov. Mike Pence a chance to sign into law a…
Charters & Choice
March 13, 2014
Ailing preschool pilot program finds new life (updated)
New life was breathed into Gov. Mike Pence’s ailing preschool pilot program proposal under a deal forged by a committee of Democrats and Republicans from both legislative chambers. The pilot, stripped out of House Bill 1004 by Senate Republicans concerned about the program’s potential long term costs, was put back in and could even serve more kids than originally estimated.
stars in the making
March 10, 2014
New rating system on the way for preschools and child care
This summer the state is expected to launch a new mandatory five-level rating system for early childhood care providers, including preschools, child care centers and family child care homes. While there are many details left to work out, experts say the effort is a step in the right direction for improving the quality of care for Colorado's youngest children.
February 26, 2014
Pence renews push for preschool program
Gov Mike Pence called on lawmakers to reinsert a preschool pilot program into a bill that now would only study preschool. Speaking in a preschool classroom at Shepherd Community Center preschool on the East side of Indianapolis, Pence it was vital to get started with the pilot program, which was stripped out of House bill 1004 by Republicans in the Senate Education Committee last week.
February 25, 2014
Fariña: Principals have already offered 800 classrooms for pre-K
Chancellor Carmen Fariña asked, and principals delivered. Specifically, they submitted about 800 of their rooms for consideration as new pre-kindergarten classrooms—space the city needs in…
February 19, 2014
Senate panel drops Pence-backed preschool program
One of Gov. Mike Pence’s top legislative priorities, a preschool pilot program, appears to have been stymied for 2014. The program that would have been created by House Bill 1004, was set aside today by the Senate Education Committee, which preferred to hand the idea off to a legislative summer committee for more study. The rewritten bill, with the pilot program removed and language creating the study committee inserted, passed the committee 9-0.
February 12, 2014
In rare legislative appearance, Pence touts preschool
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence testified on behalf of a bill for the first time as governor today, making a personal plea for support for his proposed preschool pilot program. His goal: Get reluctant fellow Republicans on the Senate Education Committee to vote yes on House Bill 1004 to create the program. But the bill could still be in trouble. After Pence's remarks, Republican committee members remained skeptical, asking a long list of questions about the cost, practicality and need for state-paid preschool.
February 11, 2014
Six weeks into de Blasio's term, unanswered school questions abound
Bill de Blasio filled his campaign with critiques of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s handling of the school system, including his administration’s emphasis on standardized test scores, its shuttering of low-performing schools, and its enthusiastic backing of charter schools. But since taking office, he and his schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña, have offered few clues about exactly how they will address some of the biggest issues facing students and educators.
February 10, 2014
The basics of early childhood education in Indiana: A new era begins
Indiana has long been behind most of the rest of the country when it comes to state support for early education. But there are some signs the state could be changing its attitude toward early childhood education. An important change in the political landscape was the strong support of Republican Gov. Mike Pence in late 2013 for a new preschool pilot program.
February 6, 2014
Pence promises big push for preschool bill
Recapping the just-completed first half of the legislative session with reporters, Gov. Mike Pence promised to push hard for a preschool pilot program. He also praised a bill passed this week by the Senate that would void national Common Core standards Indiana adopted in 2010.
the path to pre-k
January 28, 2014
King says statewide pre-K would cost far more than Cuomo budgeted
Expanding pre-kindergarten access across New York State would cost more in a single year than Gov. Andrew Cuomo has budgeted for five years, state schools chief John King said today. The estimate provides yet more fodder for the ongoing debate over how to fund universal pre-K.
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