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2008-08-02 03:00:26

By McEntire, Nancy Cesarone, Bernard DOES PREKINDERGARTEN IMPROVE SCHOOL PREPARATION AND PERFORMANCE? Katherine A. Magnuson, Christopher Ruhm, & Jane Waldfogel. Economics of Education Review, Vol. 26, No. 1 (February 2007): 33-51. Pre- kindergarten programs are expanding rapidly, but evidence on their effects is limited. Using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, these authors estimate the effects of pre-kindergarten on children's school readiness. They find that...

2008-08-02 03:00:26

By McEntire, Nancy Cesarone, Bernard The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) http:/ /nieer.org NIEER supports early childhood education initiatives by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research related to education for 3- and 4-year-olds. The Institute offers independent research-based advice and technical assistance to four primary groups: policymakers, journalists, researchers, and educators. NIEER publishes The 2006 State Preschool Yearbook, the...

2008-08-01 12:00:59

By Marilyn Brown, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Aug. 1--Florida's voluntary prekindergarten program begins its fourth year in 2008-09. It operates as a taxpayer-funded voucher program for 4-year-olds and is mostly in private and faith-based schools. Key Points: It may be a partial- or full-day program, depending on how many weeks are included. During the summer, the program is also provided in public schools. Few requirements or oversight for providers mean vast differences in quality of...

2008-08-01 03:00:29

By Meadows, Robyn Hundreds of 3- and 4-year-olds in Pennsylvania sit on a waiting list to attend free preschool. Despite a 15 percent funding increase, the governor's free program, Pre-K Counts, does not have enough money this year to meet the skyrocketing demand for early childhood education, educators say. The 2008-09 state budget pays for 800 new spaces and a total of 11,800 children. Hundreds of requests made by families across the state, including dozens from Lancaster County, will...

2008-08-01 00:13:23

By BAY AREA NEWS GROUP Only those children born on or before Dec. 2, 2003, qualify for kindergarten registration. Children should not accompany parents for registration. Parents are requested to bring birth certificates of children to be registered to show proof of age. Documentation to show proof of Piedmont residency is also required. For a complete list of acceptable proofs, please go to: www.piedmont.k12.ca.us, click on "Board of Education," choose "Board Policies," choose "Section...

2008-07-31 09:01:10

By Laura Collins, The Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C. Jul. 31--DURHAM -- If the lights aren't working in the restroom, it must be because of a monster. At least that's the conclusion a group of future Durham Public Schools students arrived at during their playtime Wednesday at E.K. Powe. Throughout the day phrases like "mushroom feet," which instructs children to walk quietly in the halls, songs inspiring cleanup and cooperation and group reading can be heard in the halls of the school. All...

2008-07-29 15:01:04

By Bryan Marshall, Richmond Register, Ky. Jul. 29--A two-year grant approved this week for the Madison County School District will provide funding to help educate children before they enter kindergarten. The district will receive $32,000 each year from the Steele-Reese Foundation, a non-profit organization that funds projects in the Appalachian region for its Literacy Education and Awareness Program -- known as LEAP. The program, which will target children between the ages of 2...

2008-07-29 06:00:42

To the editor: It is nearly August and the large retail chains have lined the shelves with brand new crayons, five-subject notebooks and smooth- writing gel pens. Children will return to school soon. On Aug. 25, many parents will engage in a collective sigh of relief. However, some of the parents of kindergartners will seethe at the quiet policy of "separate but equal" the Clark County School District employs. I teach in one of the local high schools, so I am unversed in the machinations...

2008-07-28 09:01:26

By Anna Webb, The Idaho Statesman, Boise Jul. 28--Last summer, 26 children in the Caldwell School District got ready to start kindergarten with help from a unique pilot program, United Way of Treasure Valley's kindergarten readiness "boot camp." The test group, all children from schools with high poverty rates, was small. But when they took their first standardized tests last fall, nearly 60 percent scored at or above grade level, compared to 17 percent of their classmates who were not in...

2008-07-28 03:00:33

EARLIER this summer, I spoke to some recent graduates, adorned in their bright blue caps and gowns, clutching diplomas tied with blue ribbons. But these pint-sized graduates weren't going onto college or to new careers - they were headed to kindergarten. For those bright-eyed 3- and 4-year-olds, preschool is the first step on the path of lifelong learning. The proud parents of the Para los Ni os South El Monte Child Development Center can rest assured that their children will start school...


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