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Preschoolers get a jump start on literacy

EXCERPT FROM: BigBearGrizzly.net
By Arrissia Owen
Butterflies, ladybugs, spiders, green things and the ones that fly are the favorite insects of preschoolers at the North Shore State Preschool in Big Bear Lake. Such lofty discussion followed a reading Oct. 4 of “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad,” a children’s book by David Soman and Jacky Davis.
Topic: Preschool

Child care workers’ union big marches to expose Bloomberg’s flawed Early Learn program

EXCERPT FROM: Daily News
By Albor Ruiz
They may not be massive, but the weekly one-man marches around City Hall have been effective in exposing the many flaws of the mayor’s child care policies.

Plan to overhaul pre-K proves complicated

EXCERPT FROM: The Advocate
By Will Sentell
While a plan to revamp Louisiana’s pre-kindergarten classes breezed through the Legislature, hammering out the details is shaping up as a huge, controversial undertaking.
Topic: Preschool

Child care issues strike Richardton

EXCERPT FROM: The Dickinson Press
By Bryan Horwath
Sept. 27--RICHARDTON -- Day care service, or a lack thereof, is a big issue in western North Dakota and the town of Richardton has not been immune to those challenges, a number of its residents said Wednesday. 

Your address affects access to pre-K

EXCERPT FROM: Mlive.com
By Ron French
In theory, children from low- and moderate-income homes have an equal opportunity for free, high-quality preschool in every corner of Michigan. But it turns out some corners are more equal than others.
Topic: Preschool

Report: School Districts Lack Critical Data on Early Education

EXCERPT FROM: Edweek.org
By Julie Rasicot
School districts and communities across the nation are doing a poor job of keeping track of how many kids attend publicly-funded preschool and kindergarten programs, leading to an inability to analyze those programs to make sure they are meeting students' needs, according to a new report released this week.
Topic: Preschool

Value of naps for preeschool kids is being studied (Video)

EXCERPT FROM: Examiner.com
By Harold Mandel
KidsHealth writes that preschoolers sleep about 10 to 12 hours during each 24-hour period. However, there's no need to be rigid about which 10 to 12 hours these are. The vital thing is to help kids get enough sleep. New research is now being aimed at determining the value of naps for preschool kids, as reported by Science Daily in an article published on September 14, 2012: "Sleep Researchers Study Value of Preschool Naps."
Topic: Preschool

Quality Pre-K is more than just academic content

EXCERPT FROM: The Tennessean
By Camilla P. Benbow
Parents and policy-makers share two broad concerns when it comes to young children from infancy to age 5. The first is the care and nurturing of the children, ensuring their health and well-being. The second has to do with developing their minds and preparing children for kindergarten and elementary school.
Topic: Preschool

Child care services slashed in New Hanover County

EXCERPT FROM: WECT.com
By Ashlea Kosikowski
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Almost 300 families in New Hanover County are learning that state-supported child care services are coming to an end.

State cuts to Head Start mean fewer child care options, jobs

EXCERPT FROM: Bangor Daily News
By Christopher Cousins
BANGOR, Maine — Head Start and child care providers across Maine can accommodate fewer students and have less staff compared with a year ago because of budget cuts the Legislature enacted earlier this year.

Figures show struggle worsening for single mothers

EXCERPT FROM: The Houston Chronicle
By Renee C. Lee
Tameka Morris thought going back to school to earn a nursing degree in 2010 would help her get a full-time job and earn enough money to support her three children.

Time for another test — this one for 180,000 pre-K children

EXCERPT FROM: Orlando Sentinel
By Leslie Postal
Youngsters in Florida's pre-kindergarten program this month will take a new test of early literacy, language and math skills, sitting one-on-one with their teachers to answer questions and point to pictures.
Topic: Preschool

Georgia pre-k cutting retention rates, study shows

EXCERPT FROM: Ajc.com
By Nancy Badertscher
A new study shows Georgia's lottery-funded pre-kindergarten program is paying off, with fewer students being held back a grade, dropping out of school and landing in special education classes.
Topic: Preschool

Ed Dept’s District-Level Competition Keeps Door Open for PreK-3rd Reforms

EXCERPT FROM: Early Ed Watch Blog
By Lisa Guernsey
The spotlight in school reform turns now to school districts instead of states with the U.S. Department of Education’s release Friday of its invitation for a new $383 million Race to the Top competition.  Districts can compete for up to $40 million each, with awards based on their sizes and abilities to personalize learning for students, become transparent in how they are spending money, engage community groups and implement systems for evaluating teachers and leaders based in part on student test scores.
Topic: Preschool

Caledonia pre-K program draws rave reviews

EXCERPT FROM: The Dispatch
By Carmen K. Sisson
Monday dawned dark and dreary, but Caledonia Elementary School's new pre-kindergarten class was awash in primary colors and big grins from the four-year-olds, who have no idea they're making history.  

Topic: Preschool

State budget cuts result in loss of child care funding for more than 250 Livermore kids

EXCERPT FROM: MercuryNews.com
By Robert Jordan
LIVERMORE -- Joselin Perez spent her final moments at the Marylin Avenue Elementary School day care Tuesday saying goodbye to her teachers and hugging longtime site coordinator Michele Cohoon.
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