Universal Preschool News
In this section, you'll find editorials, legislation, public policy and trends
on issues relating to preschool, pre-kindergarten, childcare and the push toward
universal preschool education. Particularly of note are articles concerning the
states claim of a compelling interest in compulsory preschool education. Visit
often for the latest preschool news.
How Much Money Do Pediatricians Really Make From Vaccines?
If you want to be sure your pediatrician has your child's best interest, this is mandatory reading. Pediatricians around the country have begun refusing to accept families who opt out of some or all vaccines.
So how much money do doctors really make from vaccines? The average American pediatrician has 1546 patients, though some pediatricians see many more. The vast majority of those patients are very young, perhaps because children transition to a family physician or stop visiting the doctor at all as they grow up. As they table above explains, Blue Cross Blue Shield pays pediatricians $400 per fully vaccinated child. If your pediatrician has just 100 fully-vaccinated patients turning 2 this year, that's $40,000.
June 20, 2016
[More Results from wellnessandequality.com]
Poll: 57 Percent of Public Opposes Government Preschool
Government preschool programs have expanded greatly in the past decade, but a new poll finds 57 percent of Americans believe parents, not the government, should pay for preschool.
Thirty-two percent said taxpayers should pay for preschool in the Reason-Rupe May 2013 poll. "President Obama has proposed expanding government preschool programs, however only 37 percent of Americans favor raising taxes to create a universal preschool system, while 61 percent oppose," the poll summary noted.
May 20, 2013
[More Results from news.heartland.org]
Vermont's Sanders Renews Push for Federally Funded Day Care, Preschool
The "Foundations for Success Act" by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would allow the subsidy to start when a child reaches just six weeks of age.
In the face of a $1.6 trillion federal budget deficit, a national debt topping $14 trillion, and with Congress debating a plan to cut spending by $6 billion over the next decade, one U.S. lawmaker is proposing a new program entitling parents to federally funded universal preschool and childcare.
May 20, 2011
[More Results from heartland.org]
Pre-K bill headed to Douglas' desk
MONTPELIER -- Lawmakers reached a deal on the rules around state funding of early childhood education - that pitted those who want universal coverage against those who worry about increasing the cost to the education fund and the future of private nursery
In the end, they split the difference. School districts will get state assistance in providing education to half of their 3- and 4-year-olds if they choose to do so. But if they provide those services to more than that number, local taxpayers will have to put up the additional money.
May 25, 2007
[More Results from Rutland Herald (VT)]
Preschool, one grant at a time
HOW CAN the state bring about universal preschool? Since its wallet is bare, Massachusetts has to start small and build.
So the state is giving out $4.6 million in grants to early education and care programs that serve low-income children and asking them to experiment with ways to improve their programs.
March 17, 2007
[More Results from Rutland Herald (MA)]
Denver tots offer lesson for Ohio
By approving a massive, citywide pre school initiative, Denver voters have given Ohio leaders a model to watch.
Gov.-elect Ted Strickland made improving early childhood programs a major part of his campaign platform, while Cuyahoga County officials recently announced plans to launch a preschool effort next fall.
December 2, 2006
[More Results from The Cleveland Plain Dealer (OH)]
The Reiner Initiative and Preschool Pressures: An Interview with Diane
What might be the problem with preschool? Where can conscientious parents and educators find common ground? Diane Flynn Keith shares her views about California's "First Five" advertisements, Rob Reiner, standardized testing, and much more.
"I can tell you, however, that last Fall, at a Preschool Advocacy Day in Sacramento that was sponsored by the non-profit Packard Foundation, I witnessed a presumptuous and cocky Reiner urge the audience to turn out the yes vote on Preschool-For-All in June 2006. Reiner acknowledged that he wasn't supposed to say that (due to IRS regulations restricting non-profits from political and lobbying activities) but told the audience he didn't care and invited the Feds to come and get him."
March 31, 2006
[More Results from HorseSense and Nonsense]
Full-day kindergarten would mean big changes
North Syracuse district officials are closely watching a proposal before the state's Board of Regents that would mandate full-day kindergarten in all districts as well as other early childhood education programs.
Superintendent Jerome Melvin told school board members on Monday night that the district would need half an elementary school building to accommodate a full-day kindergarten. The proposed policy also would require pre-kindergarten in all districts and services to children from birth to age 2. It also drops the compulsory school age from 6 years old to 5 years old.
November 10, 2005
[More Results from The Post-Standard (NY)]
Labor of love lost
Rosie the goat loves to snuggle. But the kids who used to visit the brown goat and the other friendly animals at Barnyard Friends aren't coming back.
After a Samsula petting farm closed amid a bacterial scare, its owner struggles to cope. For some youngsters, Barnyard Friends was the first place they held a chick, milked a goat and rode a horse. The attraction was born years ago, when Sanders used to take a couple of goats and a pot-bellied pig for show-and-tell day at the preschool her children attended.
April 25, 2005
[More Results from Orlando Sentinel]
Op-Ed Not the time for universal preschool ballot measure
The free preschool program would be voluntary, but 70 percent of the state's 500,000 eligible 4-year-olds would be expected to enroll. Why wouldn't they? It's free.
Reiner's proposal raises a lot of questions. Do we want to transform today's network of independent operators into a statewide operation' Do we want a formally institutionalized preschool system with uniform standards and a bureaucracy' How big would it be' Given how strapped California is for money, including education dollars, do we want to fund preschool for wealthy and middle-class children or start by targeting needy children for financial aid'
April 24, 2005
[More Results from The Oakland Tribune (CA)]
The Costs and Benefits of Universal Preschool in California
Research has shown that well-designed preschool education programs serving disadvantaged children can generate benefits to government and the rest of society that outweigh program costs.
As a result of such evidence, there has been a growing conviction among U.S. business leaders, policymakers, and the public that children benefit from structured programs preparing them for school entry. That conviction has been accompanied by increasing enthusiasm for public-sector investment in preschool.
March 31, 2005
[More Results from Rand Corporation]