Published Online: December 11, 2013
Published in Print: December 11, 2013, as States Approve Legislation To Strengthen Early Learning

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States Approve Legislation To Strengthen Early Learning

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More than three dozen laws that support early learning were enacted in 25 states this year, according to the Denver-based Education Commission of the States.

Among the initiatives are the creation of statewide prekindergarten programs in Hawaii and Mississippi; a mandate that early-elementary teachers in Ohio must pass a test in principles of scientifically-based reading instruction; and the expansion of home-visiting programs in Arkansas.

Emily Workman, a policy analyst with the ECS who researched the new laws, said the legislative efforts show that states are considering creative ways to boost early learning, even as a federal proposal to expand early-childhood education seems bogged down in Congress.

Vol. 33, Issue 14, Page 4

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