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.
Companies fail to provide mandatory child care
More than a fifth of the nation's biggest corporations were found to have neglected to provide some form of day care to its employees' infants as required by law, a government report said Sunday.
According to a report by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, 22 of the top 100 corporations failed to provide either day care facilities or an allowance to cover least half the total cost of child care.
September 25, 2011
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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
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Chicopee to study expanded preschool
CHICOPEE - The School Committee will study ways to enroll more children of minority and low-income families into its preschool to ensure children who may need it most get an early start.
The city currently offers a variety of preschool classes to students including a popular full-day class, an autism program and this year it opened a new class at Chicopee High School which has high school students in child development classes visiting to observe.
March 27, 2007
[More Results from masslive.com (MA)]
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)]
Pre-K plan may have a big flaw
Use of religious schools for programs could be a violation of the state constitution.
As they crafted Florida's free prekindergarten program last year, lawmakers were largely silent on one potential hang-up: Their plan may be unconstitutional. The problem is that Florida lawmakers, rather than relying on public schools as other states have done, opted to offer public money for 4-year-olds to attend religious schools.
June 7, 2005
[More Results from Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL)]
County readies for free preschool
Universal preschool â€" or free and voluntary preschool for all â€" is creating a huge buzz in California, with the prospect looming of a June 2006 ballot initiative led by Rob Reiner to fund such as proposal.
First 5 Commission leads effort to create countywide program. Contra Costa County had been mulling the idea for free preschool for more than a year now. But on Thursday, about 75 representatives of early childhood education, private preschools, K-12 school districts, the parent community and nonprofit organizations met to begin the planning process.
June 3, 2005
[More Results from Inside Bay Area - Tri-Valley Herald (CA)]
DVD schools kids on kindergarten
Teachers reach out to students who did not attend preschool. Preschool wasn't an option for Tyler Fink. His working parents couldn't afford it, and Tyler didn't qualify for the free programs offered to low-income families.
So when it came time to register for school, his mother was relieved when two kindergarten teachers at Harvey Green Elementary School gave her son a workbook and a DVD about kindergarten.
The DVD was the brainchild of Green teachers Kristin Dil and Peggy Prestidge. Tired of playing catch-up each year with their non-preschool students, the teachers decided that they needed to reach the children, who otherwise would fall behind, long before school started.
March 26, 2005
[More Results from Tri-Valley Herald (CA)]