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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addresses the education and workforce committee session of the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington. From left are Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican.
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Early-childhood education is an area ripe for gubernatorial leadership, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told members of the National Governors Association. (March 4, 2014)

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09/15 04:48 pm | Many States Indicate Interest in Latest Federal Preschool Grant Program | The federal grant competition is divided into two strands: one for states just getting started with preschool, and another for states that already have well-established ...

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Struggling schools that get federal aid under the School Improvement Grant program could receive new flexibility for using that money under draft guidance issued by the Education Department.
September 15, 2014 - Education Week
As his policy carrots and sticks dwindle, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan pledges to be a supportive partner to states in taking on education overhauls.
September 12, 2014 - Education Week
Dozens of state could tap into a new, $250 million pot of federal money under the Preschool Development Grant competition.
August 19, 2014 - Education Week
August 5, 2014 - Education Week
On the cusp of Head Start's 50th anniversary, Edward F. Zigler reflects on the program's formation, its strengths, and his hopes for Head Start's future.
August 5, 2014 - Education Week
Community connections forged during the civil rights era have helped sustain Head Start as a powerful presence for generations of Mississippians.
August 5, 2014 - Education Week
The ambitious early-childhood program launched in 1965 as part of the War on Poverty is going through dramatic—and sometimes painful—changes, while continuing to pursue its mission.
August 5, 2014 - Education Week
Most states have made incremental progress in enrolling more 3- and 4-year-olds in preschool education programs, but wide racial and socioeconomic gaps remain, according to the latest Kids Count analysis by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation.
July 23, 2014 - Education Week
K-12 policymakers could learn from the pre-K field, where educators serve families as well as children and many states offer incentives for teacher preparation, says Joan Wasser Gish.
July 18, 2014 - Education Week
Flush with new state money for 45,000 preschool spots in public schools and community-based centers, New York City is pushing to make sure families know all their options.
June 10, 2014 - Education Week

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