Universal Pre-K

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Early Childhood Opinion The Not-So-Certain Science of Pre-K
Much of the support for universal preschool proceeds with a blind assurance that leaves difficult questions aside.
Rick Hess, May 24, 2022
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Early Childhood What the Research Says Early Education Pays Off. A New Study Shows How
Students from state-funded universal preschool, but not federal Head Start, took more-challenging courses in high school, a study finds.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 29, 2022
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Early Childhood Opinion The Problems With Biden’s Universal Pre-K Proposal
An early-childhood education leader expresses concerns that the universal pre-K plan risks separating pre-K from the wider child-care sector.
Rick Hess, October 4, 2021
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President Joe Biden addresses Congress from the House chamber. Behind him are Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress Wednesday night, as Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., applaud.<br/>
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Federal Biden Pitches Plan to Expand Universal Pre-K, Free School Meal Programs, Teacher Training
The president's $1.8 trillion American Families Plan faces strong headwinds as Congress considers other costly administration proposals.
Evie Blad, April 28, 2021
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Education Sanders Details Pitch for Free, Universal Prekindergarten in New Plan
Calling access to early-childhood education and child care in the United States an "international embarrassment," Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pledges to fund free, universal prekindergarten.
Evie Blad, February 24, 2020
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Federal Bill de Blasio, Who's Expanded Pre-K, Sparred on Education, Seeks Presidency
The New York City mayor has pushed universal pre-K, championed a controversial school turnaound program, and picked a schools chief backing a divisive effort to diversify selective high schools.
Evie Blad, May 16, 2019
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Federal Video ‘I Believe in the Work That Teachers Do’
Jahana Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year who was elected to U.S. Congress, discusses her stances on universal pre-K, college alternatives, and civics education.
January 4, 2019
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Early Childhood Report Roundup Kindergarten
While more early-childhood education advocates call for universal pre-K, less than a third of all states even require full-day kindergarten, finds a study by the Education Commission of the States, a nonprofit and nonpartisan group of researchers who track policies related to education.
Marva Hinton, July 17, 2018
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Early Childhood Opinion A Constitutional Right to Pre-K?
All state constitutions guarantee a right to public education, but what constitutes a "public education" is increasingly up for debate.
James E. Ryan, March 9, 2016
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Preschoolers Liezel, 4, left, and Ryan, 4, walk the hall at a prekindergarten center in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood in Brooklyn. To accommodate expanded enrollment, New York City places children in new pre-K centers, traditional schools, and community-based organizations.
Preschoolers Liezel, 4, left, and Ryan, 4, walk the hall at a prekindergarten center in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood in Brooklyn. To accommodate expanded enrollment, New York City places children in new pre-K centers, traditional schools, and community-based organizations.
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Early Childhood N.Y.C. Pushes to Meet Promise of Universal Pre-K
Amid some growing pains for its new full-day prekindergarten program, the city has ramped up outreach efforts and more than tripled the number of seats from two years ago.
Christina A. Samuels, September 29, 2015
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Early Childhood Minnesota Budget: More for Early Ed., Not Enough for Universal Pre-K
The budget Minnesota lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton agreed to after months of haggling contains $95 million in new funding for early-childhood education.
Lillian Mongeau, June 17, 2015
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Student Achievement New York Takes First Step Toward Universal Pre-K
A massive universal, full-day prekindergarten program begins in New York state with the first of five annual grants of $340 million.
Kathryn Baron, August 27, 2014
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Education Funding New York City Braces for Major Prekindergarten Expansion
A lot is riding on the successful rollout of universal pre-K in New York City, which was a major campaign promise of Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Christina A. Samuels, August 25, 2014
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Assessment Report Roundup Preschool
Children in Georgia's state-funded, universal pre-K program produced higher scores in language, literacy, and math than children who were not enrolled, and those not in the program scored at or below the national norm, a new study finds.
Julie Blair, March 25, 2014
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