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 happy you are as a parent is directly tied to one very surprising thing
Study after study has shown that having children does not make people happier. In fact, a so-called "happiness gap" exists between people who have kids and people who don't, and parents often pay a "happiness penalty" when they have children, research has
Recently, researchers studied data from 22 countries and found that the United States has the largest happiness shortfall between parents and non-parents, even larger than the gap found in similar nations like Great Britain and Australia. And in other developed Western countries, like Norway, Finland, Sweden, Hungary and Russia, the gap didn't exist at all. In fact, sometimes parents were even happier than non-parents.
July 31, 2016
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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
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Mark Dayton continues universal preschool push
Universal preschool supporters say the uncertainty Gabriela Bazan faced about whether her child would get an early learning scholarship is a prime example of why Minnesota needs a public program for all four-year-olds.
The South St. Paul mother of four, told a group of state lawmakers that after watching one of her older boys struggle in elementary school she knew preschool was important for her youngest son, four-year-old Alexandro. But she worried about whether she would qualify for help to afford the newly expanded preschool program at Kaposia Education Center.
April 2, 2016
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LETTER: Children better at home than in pre-school
I want to protest in the strongest possible terms two stories in the Oct 14 News by Tyler Olsen; they look very much like a one-two punch of propaganda from a malignant campaign to force so-called early childhood 'education' on British Columbia families.
The first story was headlined Number of 'vulnerable' children entering school on the rise, with the sub-head Increase related to lack of core 'emotional and social competencies'" The 'vulnerabilities' and 'emotional and social competencies' are vaguely explained as a lack of self-control; but there is no indication of any research that identifies the cause of that lack.
November 9, 2015
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Delayed Kindergarten Enrollment Dramatically Reduces ADHD In Children, Study Shows
Delaying kindergarten enrollment for one year shows significant mental health benefits for children. Researchers found that a one-year delay in enrolling a child in kindergarten dramatically reduces inattention and hyperactivity at age seven.
Researchers found that children who were held back from kindergarten for as little as one year showed a 73 percent reduction in inattentiveness and hyperactivity compared to children sent the year earlier, according to this new study on kindergarten and mental health.
November 7, 2015
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Another Study Indicates that Universal Preschool is Essentially Useless
A new study out of Tennessee is indicating that the universal preschool program in the state may be a complete waste of money that doesn't actually benefit the children enrolled and may actually harm them.
This study has similar conclusions as one in Quebec that examined low-cost daycare programs, as well as studies that suggest that Head Start has little to no academic benefits for the children who enroll in the program. In many cases, putting a child into a low-standards pre-k classroom led to a worse outcome than a child who didn't receive any care.
October 27, 2015
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Let's Experiment With Universal Preschool
I'm a considerable fan of early childhood education. Megan McArdle says she's tentatively in favor too, but "I am opposed to blind boosterism of such programs, the kind that confidently predicts marvelous results from thin empirical evidence.
I would like to see us experiment more with these programs. But the key word here is "experiment." Which is to say we should: Try more programs....Take the programs that seem to work and scale them up to a larger group....Rinse and repeat [until we figure out what, if anything, works.] That would be the sane, sensible way to go about constructing policy in an important area.
September 24, 2015
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Universal preschool may help parents more than children - and that's okay
As a small child, I vaguely recall having attended a Montessori preschool in Brooklyn, which was loud, lively and colorful.
One day, a classmate made a reference to his "parents," an English word with which I, an imperfectly bilingual 3-year-old, was unfamiliar, and he explained that he was referring to his mother and father, words that I did understand. And so my vocabulary grew, in fits and starts. Pretty soon, I started attending kindergarten at a public elementary school, where I talked my way out of chores like putting away my things in my cubbyhole by protesting with a convincingly exasperated "but I'm only 4 years old." Though that doesn't sound like much of an excuse to my wizened old ears three decades later, it seems to have worked at the time.
July 16, 2015
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The Case Against Universal Preschool
Universal prekindergarten sounds like a good thing. Early education for all! Why not? Anything for the kids.
Universal pre-k already exists-or is close to existing-in a number of states, including Oklahoma, Florida, and, most recently, New York. And given the appeal of the idea, it's no wonder "preschool for all" emerged as a key talking point this election season, a year or so after President Barack Obama proposed a $75 billion federal universal pre-k program that involves partnerships with states.
July 15, 2015
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Slideshow: As California advocates look to expand pre-K, Denmark shows how universal preschool works
KPCC's Early Childhood Correspondent Deepa Fernandes visited Denmark and Norway recently and talked to parents and educators about their countries' free and subsidized child care.
Support for universal preschool is spreading around the country, but relatively few places have set up systems where all kids from infants to 5-year-olds can attend child care. That's not the case in Scandinavian countries like Norway and Denmark where early child care for all has been around for decades and is taken for granted by taxpayers.
July 7, 2015
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The Evidence on Universal Preschool
Calls for universal preschool programs have become commonplace, reinforced by President Obama's call for "high-quality preschool for all" in 2013. Any program that could cost state and federal taxpayers $50 billion per year warrants a closer look.
This report reviews the major evaluations of preschool programs, including both traditional programs such as Head Start and those designated as "high quality." These evaluations do not paint a generally positive picture. The most methodologically rigorous evaluations find that the academic benefits of preschool programs are quite modest, and these gains fade after children enter elementary school.
October 15, 2014
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Forget universal preschool. We need a 13th grade.
In education circles, universal preschool is hot. But it's only half the answer. If we really want to raise a generation of employable kids, we need universal 13th and 14th grades too.
As taxpayers, we've decided to subsidize the education of every American child between the ages of 5 and 18. But current education funding structures reflect a bygone industrial age, when a high school diploma met or in some cases exceeded the needs of the local and national economies. Now, neither preschool nor college is a luxury, and families shouldn't have to pay for the schooling that keeps society running.
June 12, 2014
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Event : for the kids -- Nature's Homeschoolers
This once-a-month series of lessons is designed to supplement homeschool curriculum with nature-based science.
Lessons include hands-on activities and information about the plants and animals found in the Saratoga Sand Plains. The lessons will be broken into two sections: the K-4th grade children's program will be held from 10-11:00 AM and 5-8th grade children's program will be held from 2-3:00 PM.
April 28, 2014
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Former Livermore preschool employees testify about abuses
The owners of a Livermore preschool shut down last year covered babies' faces with blankets as they slept and occasionally used those blankets to tie them to the crib, two former employees told a judge Thursday during a preliminary hearing.
Lida Sharaf, 33, and her sister, Nazila Sharaf, 36, owners of Sunnyside Preschool in Livermore, were arrested in April 2013 on suspicion of child abuse after a former employee filed complaints about the facility that included swaddling infants so tightly that they could not move their arms or legs.
March 21, 2014
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Thousands of preschool kids face suspension
Even preschoolers are getting suspended from U.S. public schools - and they're disproportionately black, a trend that continues up through the later grades.
Advocates have long said that get-tough suspension and arrest policies in schools have contributed to a "school-to-prison" pipeline that snags minority students, but much of the emphasis has been on middle school and high school policies. This data shows the disparities starting in the youngest of children.
March 21, 2014
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The Science of the Great Molasses Flood
In 1919 a wave of syrup swept through the streets of Boston. Fluid dynamics explains why it was even more devastating than a typical tsunami.
"Send all available rescue vehicles and personnel immediately," he yelled, "there's a wave of molasses coming down Commercial Street!" More than 7.5 million liters of molasses surged through Boston's North End at around 55 kilometers per hour in a wave about 7.5 meters high and 50 meters wide at its peak. All that thick syrup ripped apart the cylindrical tank that once held it, throwing slivers of steel and large rivets in all directions. The deluge crushed freight cars, tore Engine 31 firehouse from its foundation and, when it reached an elevated railway on Atlantic Avenue, nearly lifted a train right off the tracks.
January 15, 2014
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San Mateo County officials recommend universal preschool
Deeming early childhood education an effective shield against crime, the income gap and high school truancy, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors recently passed a recommendation to funnel $5 million in Measure A tax revenue...
The proposal - which originated from District 2 Supervisor Carole Groom and a broad coalition of teachers, child care workers and policy researchers - intends to solve a learning achievement gap that's become a scourge in the county, with 42 percent of third-graders not reading proficiently.
June 25, 2013
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Is Preschool Executive Function Causally Related to Academic Achievement?
The primary objective of this study was to re-evaluate the well-established result that preschoolers' performance on executive function tasks are positively associated with their performance on academic achievement tests.
The current study replicated the previously established concurrent associations between children's performance on EF tasks and academic achievement tests. Specifically, children's performance on measures of inhibitory and motor control were positively associated with their performance on tests of reading, writing, and mathematics achievement (rs = .2 -.5); moreover, although diminished in magnitude, most of these associations held up even after including an earlier measure of academic achievement as a covariate (rs = .1 -.3).
June 2, 2013
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Maine May Be Next State To Offer Universal Preschool
While President Obama's proposal to make preschool universally accessible is being pushed on the federal level, six states in the country - Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Illinois, New York, and West Virginia - are already working on such plans.
The state legislature is dominated by Democrats in both houses, but the biggest hurdle will be getting Gov. Paul LePage (R) on board. Education Week pointed out that in the past he has been in favor of privatization and most interested in funding for grades 1-3.
May 23, 2013
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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
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Preschool threatens to dismiss worker for lunch food choice
HONOLULU - When Carissa Lee O'Connell's husband Rick began preparing organic home lunches for his wife four months ago, the goal was to improve her severe nasal allergies.
In April, Lee O'Connell was verbally warned by the preschool to stop eating home lunches in plain view of kids. But last week, the verbal warning was put to paper, stating that if O'Connell continued to defy school administrators, she would be summarily fired.
May 15, 2013
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Marin Voice: Preschool not best for every kid
LIVING IN MARIN COUNTY, it's easy to understand why many would agree with Amy Reisch's opinion that the "President's preschool boost should resonate in Marin."
he claims that research shows a "wealth of statistics" to support the benefits of preschool. Apparently, she (and the president and his speech writers) did not read the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' final report on the Head Start Impact Study that was published recently. It said:
April 10, 2013
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Preschool madness drove me to homeschooling
The preschool process in New York City is crazy. Kids my daughters age, 2, are already visiting with consultants, taking practice exams, and studying with interview coaches. Interview coaches.
Kids who a week ago were at the playground acting like kids are now reciting over-rehearsed interview answers and studying like they're preparing for the SATs. Parents are stressed out making phone calls, filling out and paying for entrance applications, and training their kids to impress the heads of these preschools. Kids are becoming stressed out. It's ridiculous. Stressed out children who really should have nothing to be stressed about.
March 26, 2013
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Hawaii Preschool Plan in Crunch as Advocates Vow to Restore Funding
Gov. Neil Abercrombie's three early education proposals are sailing through the Legislature, but the money he originally proposed to pay for the initiative's first phase - the School Readiness program - got scrapped by the state House last week.
Now, supporters are pinning their hopes on the Senate finance committee, which is expected to take up the budget bill Tuesday, to restore the funding. On Monday, advocates gathered at the state Capitol for an informational briefing to update the public on the early education bills and encourage supporters to testify on the budget bill Tuesday.
March 20, 2013
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