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.
Homeschool group uses Berkeley research to encourage parents to keep kids at home
A new study on the effects of preschool on children, which finds attendance harms kids' emotional and social development, is being used by a homeschool organization to help encourage parents to educate their children at home.
"The report's a bit sobering for governors and mayors â€" including those in California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina and Oklahoma â€" who are getting behind universal preschool," Fuller said. Fuller says those elected officials pushing for compulsory preschool should rethink the idea.
November 10, 2005
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10 Things Your Preschool Won't Tell You
"We're licensed, but that doesn't mean we're any good." Most three- and four-year-olds go to preschool these days â€" a big switch from 1960, when just 10 percent of them did, according to NIEER.
One reason: Most state licensing requirements pertain to safety and health rather than quality. That means a school might take extra care to make sure the toilet bowl plunger isn't within a toddler's reach, but it might not require its teachers to have much education. Some states, in fact, don't require any academic degree to be a preschool teacher. Average teacher turnover at preschools ranges between 30 and 50 percent annually, says NAEYC. Those who do stay may not be well trained.
December 14, 2004
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Compulsory Mental Health Screening is Coming for Adults and Children Preschool and Up...
There is a new major U.S. mental health initiative on the docket, based on a report of the New Freedom in Mental Health Commission, which recommends mental health screening for adults and children as young as preschool age.
It also includes expanding school-based mental health programs requiring specific treatments for specific
conditions, including the use of specific medications. Despite a growing public opposition to universal mental health screening, states are being encouraged by the federal government to adopt the measure.
August 24, 2004
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