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www.washingtontimes.com Topics: National Institute For Early Education Research
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    ATLANTA | States are cutting hundreds of millions from their pre-kindergarten budgets, undermining years of working to help young children — particularly poorer kids — get ready for school.

    States are slashing nearly $350 million from their pre-K programs by next year and more cuts are likely on the horizon ...


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  • 01/17/12--19:09: American Scene
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    Prekindergarten growth slowed by shrinking budgets

    The expansion in public prekindergarten programs has slowed and even been reversed in some states as school districts cope with shrinking budgets. As a result, many 3- and 4-year-olds aren't going to preschool.

    Children from low-income families who start kindergarten without first attending ...


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    WASHINGTON — The expansion in public prekindergarten programs has slowed and even been reversed in some states as school districts cope with shrinking budgets. As a result, many 3- and 4-year-olds aren't going to preschool.

    Kids from low-income families who start kindergarten without first attending a quality education program enter ...


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    DECATUR, Ga. — Taking his push for expanded early childhood education to a deeply red state, President Obama on Thursday called on Congress to enact a sweeping program to extend preschool classes to every child in the U.S.

    "Education has to start at the earliest possible age," Mr. Obama told several ...


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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's voluntary pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds is growing and getting high marks in a new national report.

    The National Institute for Early Education Research released a report Tuesday saying Alabama is one of only four states with pre-kindergarten programs that meet all the institute's ...


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    LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada has made small gains over the last decade in the number of children attending preschool but still ranks among the bottom of states when it comes to enrollment and spending, according to a new report

    Just 3 percent of Nevada 4-year-olds attended preschool ...


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    President Barack Obama thinks universal preschool is a no-brainer, a proven formula with enormous impact, well worth the $15 billion of federal money he wants to help expand its reach.

    “Research shows that one of the best investments we can make in a child’s life is high-quality early education,” he said ...


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    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Enrollment in state pre-kindergarten programs inched up slightly last year, but there's been little change in the overall percentage of children participating in the programs, according to a national study on early education released Monday.

    The report found wide disparities among states.

    "At last year's pace ...


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    SEATTLE (AP) - In perhaps an unexpected twist, historically conservative strongholds like Oklahoma and West Virginia are leading efforts to bring preschool to all.

    "They have in common a low-wage workforce, relatively low education levels and the desire to change that," said Steven Barnett of the National Institute for Early ...


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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A new report released Wednesday says Mississippi's state-funded preschool program, though small, continues to score well on quality measures.

    The report by the National Institute for Early Education Research, says Mississippi's program meets nine of 10 standards set by the institute.

    Nationwide, states provide preschool for ...