July 2, 2007 |
IT'S JULY, and much to the delight of schoolchildren everywhere, summer is here. In just a few days, members of the state Legislature will join them on summer break - but not before passing the state budget for the next fiscal year. At this late date, the question remains whether the final version will include full funding for the early-childhood-education proposals made by the governor. These include Pre-K Counts, a new initiative to provide pre-kindergarten to 11,000 3- and 4-year-olds across the state, and Keystone STARS and Child Care Works, two well-established and effective programs that are improving the quality and availability of early education and care.
February 22, 2013
PRESIDENT Obama's bold call for universal pre-K for the nation's 4-year-olds during last week's State of the Union address has reignited interest and brought welcome attention to the topic. He has since traveled to Georgia to press his agenda. What would he find if he came to Pennsylvania? He'd find a state whose major strides in providing pre-K and high-quality child care under Gov. Ed Rendell has stalled, and actually lost ground since Gov. Corbett took office. He'd find a governor who's failed to put state money where his mouth is. Corbett campaigned on his support for early-childhood education and vowed that, if elected, he'd "work to find more funding.
September 7, 1995 |
An all-day event focusing on early-childhood education will be held at Bucks County Community College on Oct. 7. Sponsored by the Bucks County Association for the Education of Young Children, the event will feature June S. Delano, who works with Head Start and other early-childhood programs. Delano will talk about the importance of good teaching in helping children thrive. In addition, the conference will offer more than 25 workshops on early- childhood education. For more information, call Pat Miiller at 215-493-4679.
September 18, 2014 |
Standing before about 500 3- and 4-year-olds at Franklin Square, the head of Philadelphia's school district made his case for more money for prekindergarten education. "What we know is that if kids have access to high-quality pre-K, then they're already off to a beautiful start," Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. told the children and more than 200 advocates and providers who packed the square. "Quite frankly, it's the difference between reading at a third-grade level and not. That's a big indicator for us for future success of a child.
June 16, 2003 |
Almost half of children entering kindergarten in the United States are unprepared for the journey they are about to begin. Forty-eight percent of these children have moderate to serious cognitive and social problems at kindergarten entry. This is a shocking and sobering statistic. The effects extend through the rest of these children's lives, in most cases affecting future educational success and, consequently, professional and career advancement. Even more distressing, it's preventable - yet little is being done to improve the odds for our children.
March 17, 2006 |
This week, thousands of parents, teachers and child-care directors have been meeting to discuss an issue crucial to the future of our regional economy: early-childhood education. The conference, which continues through tomorrow and is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, couldn't be more timely. This year, voters will be electing local, state and national officials and it will be important to learn where they stand on more funding for early-childhood education.
August 31, 2009
WHEN columnist John Baer writes that cutting state early childhood education programs is debatable, he ignores 40 years of research showing these programs increase academic achievement and graduation rates, and reduce special education, juvenile justice and welfare costs. For every dollar invested in good early childhood education, the public saves $8 to $17. Despite all we know about the benefits, publicly funded early childhood education reaches only four in 10 eligible children in Pennsylvania.
August 20, 2008 |
Angelo Calafati munches a fistful of Cheerios. Directly across from him, his mother, Dana, coos and smiles. She holds up a stack of 10 large cards with pictures of exotic flowers, and like a gunner who has found her target, she rattles off complex names for several seconds. South African daisy. Feverfew. Greater stitchwort. Angelo grins. He shows off his two front teeth. He gazes intently at the purple prickly pear. He furrows his brow. At times, he looks away. Over the morning's breakfast at the carriage house in Oaks, Calafati, 32, will present more large flash cards, many handmade, that cover a variety of subjects: European flags, mammals, forest animals, composers, even historical farm tractors and military helicopters with model numbers.
May 22, 2008
FOR MANY parents in the workforce, particularly those raising children on their own, the cost of quality child care can be out of reach - and high-quality child care, which is part of early-childhood education, is even pricier. According to a report from Public Citizens for Children and Youth, the average cost of such care for two children was more than $19,000 in 2007. The state Department of Public Welfare provides subsidies for low-income parents, but thousands of Philadelphia-area families are stuck on a waiting list.