January 10, 2002
Education Week, Vol. 21, Issue 17
Education Sweden Combines Learning and Care
Today in Sweden, the concept of combining learning and care for even young children is a given. With generous leave benefits for new parents and a nationwide system of government-supported child-care centers, Sweden is widely praised for its attention to the needs of its youngest citizens.
Education Head Start Programs Must Gauge Children’s Progress
In the realm of early-childhood education, no program has more stringent accountability demands than Head Start.
Education Georgia, New York, and Oklahoma Move Toward ‘Universal’ Preschool
Wherever children live in the United States, and whatever their families' incomes, public schools are available free of charge. The same is not true of early-childhood education.
Education State Policies on Kindergarten Are All Over the Map
While more states are offering full-day kindergarten, and some go so far as to make attendance compulsory, others don't require districts to offer the earliest grade at all.
Education In Early-Childhood Education and Care: Quality Counts
State interest in early learning is growing, but large gaps in access and quality remain.
Education Michigan Measures Youngsters’ Needs
Every fall, every kindergartner in Michigan sits down with his or her teacher to read a book. The child might not recognize the event as a test. But the teacher is trained to look for clues to the child's emerging literacy skills. Does he hold the book right-side up? Can he identify the front and back covers? Does he recognize letters and words that rhyme?
Education States Try to Specify What Young Children Should Learn
What should children be expected to know and to learn before they arrive at school? Despite an increasing body of research suggesting that children's early experiences are important to their ability to succeed in school, the debate persists about just what adults should expect from very young children and when.