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  • Government pre-schools are limiting parental choice

    08/23/2014 7:22:52 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 37 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 8/23/14 | Steve Berman
    Parents sending their three- and four-year olds to preschool are facing increasing pressure to use government schools, as secular, elitist educators use government funding as a back door to remove parental choice from pre-school options. Alabama’s First Class program is growing quickly, using federal funds from the popular Head Start program to extend restrictive government regulations to preschools who agree to accept public money.  Hiding under the blanket of “ensuring quality”, these regulations cover every aspect of pre-school education. First Class funding casts a net over preschool programs, supporting those that agree to restrictive government regulations. An extensive list of...
  • (White)Babies Just 15 Months Old Show Racial Bias When Picking Playmates(Hate-Crazed Barf Alert)

    04/16/2014 1:03:23 PM PDT · by lbryce · 64 replies
    Mail Online ^ | April 15, 2014 | Staff
    Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals. They also take account of how fairly others behave. Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed.Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally. Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly. But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports. And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same...
  • Disproportionate Numbers of Black Kids Being Suspended from Preschool Programs

    03/24/2014 6:02:10 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 109 replies
    Afro ^ | 3/21/14
    Even preschoolers are getting suspended from U.S. public schools—and they're disproportionately Black, a trend that continues up through the later grades. Data released March 21 by the Education Department's civil rights arm finds that Black children represent about 18 percent of children enrolled in preschool programs in schools, but almost half of the students were suspended more than once. Six percent of the nation's districts with preschools reported suspending at least one preschool child. Advocates have long said that get-tough suspension and arrest policies in schools have contributed to a "school-to-prison" pipeline that snags minority students, but much of the...
  • Enraged mom beats the crap out of kindergarten teacher

    09/07/2013 11:57:54 AM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/7/2013 | Eric Owens
    The mother of a kindergarten boy Kansas City received a citation for criminal assault because, police say, she inflicted a vicious beatdown on the boy’s teacher. The pummeling occurred on Thursday night at Truman Elementary School. Simone A. Baker, 24, allegedly entered the school and proceeded directly to the unidentified teacher’s classroom at about 6 p.m., reports The Kansas City Star. She said, “You better not touch my kid again.” She punched the teacher, 49, upside the head five to 10 times. Next, narrates a police report, Baker jerked the teacher out of her chair by the hair. Then, for...
  • Tom on the California 2012 Propositions (McClintock recommendations)

    09/24/2012 12:28:54 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 49 replies
    tommcclintock.com ^ | 20 September 2012 | Tom McClintock
    Prop 30: Your Wallet or Your Kids. NO Either approve $36 billion in higher sales and income taxes or else Gov. Brown threatens to shoot the schools. Don't worry, the income taxes are only on the "very wealthy," but it turns out the "very wealthy" include many small businesses filing under sub-chapter S, meaning lower wages, higher prices and fewer jobs. California already has one of the highest overall tax burdens in the country and yet has just approved a budget to spend $8 billion dollars more than it's taking in. Moral of the story: it's the spending stupid. Prop...
  • California: November 2012 Statewide Ballot Measures

    07/09/2012 7:07:43 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 22 replies
    November 2012 Statewide Ballot Measures Proposition 30 Initiative Constitutional Amendment 1578. (12-0009) - Final Random Sample Update - 06/20/12 Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Qualified: 06/20/12 Proponent: Thomas A. Willis c/o Karen Getman (510) 346-6200 Increases personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years. Increases sales and use tax by ¼ cent for four years. Allocates temporary tax revenues 89 percent to K-12 schools and 11 percent to community colleges. Bars use of funds for administrative costs, but provides local school governing boards discretion to decide, in open meetings...
  • Angry mothers brawl at L.A. pre-school graduation [VIDEO]

    06/15/2012 7:05:05 AM PDT · by reegs · 83 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | 06/14/2012 | Kyle Olson
    LOS ANGELES – We’ve always heard that life in California is a bit crazier than most Americans can imagine. But this is ridiculous. A disturbing video has surfaced showing mothers brawling with each other at a recent pre-school graduation in Los Angeles. Children can be heard screaming as angry moms push and shove each other. It’s a pathetic display of parenting and a miserable example for young kids. The anonymous person who shot and posted the video indicated that the video originates from Weemes Elementary school in Los Angeles. She wrote: “This all started because my son’s teacher was so...
  • "Head Start" an Abysmal Failure for Kids, a Spectacular Success for Teachers

    05/09/2012 7:02:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Head Start, a preschool program for low-income kids has been a spectacular success, not for kids, but for teachers and teachers' unions. Please consider Miami-Dade County seeks to unload Head Start program, salaries For more than four decades, Miami-Dade County officials have managed Head Start, the storied preschool program for children from low-income families. But the county now wants out — and “generous” salaries are partly to blame. On average, Miami-Dade paid its Head Start teachers $76,860 in salary and fringe benefits in 2011, county records show. That’s about 90 percent higher than the second highest-paying Head Start provider in...
  • The Case for $320,000 Kindergarten Teachers (NYT)

    07/28/2010 6:02:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 27, 2010 | DAVID LEONHARDT
    ... [A group of university researchers] examined the life paths of almost 12,000 children who had been part of a well-known education experiment in Tennessee in the 1980s. The children are now about 30, well started on their adult lives. On Tuesday, Mr. Chetty presented the findings — not yet peer-reviewed — at an academic conference in Cambridge, Mass. They’re fairly explosive. Just as in other studies, the Tennessee experiment found that some teachers were able to help students learn vastly more than other teachers. And just as in other studies, the effect largely disappeared by junior high, based on...
  • Washington State House Facilitates Union Take-Over of Private Preschools

    03/01/2010 12:35:27 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 11 replies · 534+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | February 24, 2010 | Michael Peabody
    So what’s the biggest threat to religious liberty? According to J. Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, the answer is found in the strings attached to government funding of religious activity. Earlier this month, during a speech for the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, Walker said, “What the government funds, it always regulates. Government-sponsored religion is always bad for religion. How can we raise a prophetic fist with one hand and take government money with the other?” The truth of Walker’s statement was underscored just last week when the Washington State House of Representatives passed HB...
  • Initiative Focuses on Early Learning Programs [$87 Billion Waste!]

    09/19/2009 6:50:37 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies · 586+ views
    NYTimes ^ | September 19, 2009
    Initiative Focuses on Early Learning Programs SAM DILLON September 19, 2009 Tucked away in an $87 billion higher education bill that passed the House last week was a broad new federal initiative aimed not at benefiting college students, but at raising quality in the early learning and care programs that serve children from birth through age 5. The initiative, the Early Learning Challenge Fund, would channel $8 billion over eight years to states with plans to improve standards, training and oversight of programs serving infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The Senate is expected to pass similar legislation this fall, giving President...
  • Initiative Focuses on Early Learning Programs

    09/19/2009 5:13:45 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies · 436+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 19, 2009 | Sam Dillon
    Tucked away in an $87 billion higher education bill that passed the House last week was a broad new federal initiative aimed not at benefiting college students, but at raising quality in the early learning and care programs that serve children from birth through age 5. The initiative, the Early Learning Challenge Fund, would channel $8 billion over eight years to states with plans to improve standards, training and oversight of programs serving infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The Senate is expected to pass similar legislation this fall, giving President Obama, who proposed the Challenge Fund during the presidential campaign, a...
  • The Universal Pre-K Scam

    04/08/2009 4:58:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies · 1,610+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2009 | John Stossel
    Did you go to preschool? When I was growing up, few kids did. But now there is a new movement that says every child in America should have a chance to start school before kindergarten -- at taxpayer expense. It's part of President Obama's massive spending plans. His "stimulus" bill includes an Early Learning Challenge Grant to encourage states to "Develop a cutting-edge plan to raise the quality of your early learning programs" (http://tinyurl.com/cv6s23). It's a popular idea. Sixty-seven percent of Americans favor universal pre-K funded by the government. But I doubt that most Americans have thought it through. Mia...
  • Obama Pledge Stirs Hope in Early Education

    12/21/2008 7:25:20 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 61 replies · 1,203+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 16, 2008 | Sam Dillon
    [T]he $10 billion Mr. Obama has pledged for early childhood education would amount to the largest new federal initiative for young children since Head Start began in 1965. Now, Head Start is a $7 billion federal program serving about 900,000 preschoolers. “People are absolutely ecstatic,” said Cornelia Grumman, executive director of the First Five Years Fund, an advocacy group. “Some people seem to think the Great Society is upon us again.” ... Now that new initiatives seem likely, experts are debating how best to improve America’s early childhood system, which they call fantastically fragmented, unconscionably underfinanced and bureaucratically bewildering. Some...
  • Obama's Vision for Government-Run Childhood

    06/25/2008 5:37:32 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies · 67+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 25, 2008 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    One of the most dramatic changes in American life in the years since World War II involves the way we raise our children. We used to do it ourselves. Now, convinced we have better things to do, many of us leave the job to others. Encouraging this flight from parenthood, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has proposed what he calls his "Zero to Five" plan. It is a collection of programs aimed at getting the government involved in the raising of your children from the moment they are born. "The first part of my plan...
  • Pre-K Expansion Measure's Varying Standards Faulted

    01/05/2008 4:55:42 AM PST · by Amelia · 25 replies · 38+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 4, 2008 | V. Dion Haynes
    Early childhood experts and parents expressed support yesterday for a measure before the D.C. Council that would extend pre-kindergarten programs to 2,000 more 3- and 4-year-olds in the city. Although researchers and education advocates at the council hearing agreed that pre-K can boost academic achievement in later years, debate centered on what constitutes a high-quality program for D.C. students. ..."Pre-K teachers with BA degrees achieve better results," said Libby Doggett, executive director of Pre-K Now, which is advocating for expanded early childhood programs in the city. "Permitting some classrooms to do it one way and others to do it another...
  • If Not Now (Parents Still Count Even In Head Start)

    09/27/2007 6:35:38 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 4 replies · 102+ views
    NY Times ^ | 27 September 2007 | Will Okun
    ...I argue frequently with my students about whether a child can succeed in school without parental support or involvement. Students believe in the power of the strong individual but often the playing field is too slanted, the teams too uneven. As early as preschool and Head Start, certain three-to-five-year-olds are already at a great advantage because of parental educational support while other children are beginning a lifelong struggle to keep pace. ...Children who are not learning basic skills in the home during the most important years of brain development (0-5 years) will enter kindergarten already at an educational disadvantage. Since...
  • No Kindergarten Left Behind

    09/13/2007 1:07:26 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 84 replies · 676+ views
    Campus Report ^ | September 6, 2007 | Mal Kline
    No Kindergarten Left Behind by: Malcolm A. Kline, September 06, 2007 Once again, Republican officials have helped to pave the way for a pet project of the overwhelmingly left-wing educational establishment—all-day kindergarten. Although the research on its benefits may be scant, several large Virginia counties are going full-speed, or as completely as they can, ahead with it. “For the first time, all kindergarten students in Prince William County will have as much class time as older students,” staff writer Maria Glod reported in The Washington Post on September 4, 2007. “ Fairfax County is adding full-day kindergarten in 21 schools,...
  • Clinton pushes pre kindergarten proposal

    05/21/2007 3:24:52 PM PDT · by mombyprofession · 58 replies · 828+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5-21-2007 | Brendan Farrington
    By BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 24 minutes ago MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is proposing a $10 billion federal program aimed at providing voluntary pre-kindergarten for all 4-year-old children in America. "Our educational system needs to be strengthened from start to finish, but we have to start where it all begins," Clinton told an audience of children, teachers and parents on Monday. Clinton said she would pay for the program by closing tax loopholes and eliminating Bush administration programs she disagrees with. "There are so many places to cut the money that...
  • A Universally Bad Idea (Universal Preschool)

    08/14/2006 10:32:46 AM PDT · by GoldwaterFellow · 27 replies · 669+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | 8/14/06 | Carrie Lukas
    Universal preschool sounds like a political winner but families lose out. Policymakers talk about "fiscal responsibility," but few put that principle into action. Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney deserves applause for doing just that by vetoing a universal preschool bill last week. It's easy to see why many politicians view universal preschool as a political winner. Voters picture smiling four-year-olds heading off to begin a life-time of learning. Presumably, the extra year of school will give these children a leg up. While proponents boast that preschool has a dramatic affect on student outcomes, there is scant evidence to support this claim....
  • 'Preschool for All' Law Signed (IL)

    07/26/2006 4:57:26 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 33 replies · 943+ views
    SJ-R.com ^ | July 26, 2006 | Mike Ramsey
    ROLLING MEADOWS, IL - Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed legislation Tuesday that makes every 3- and 4-year-old in Illinois eligible for state-subsidized preschool. The catch: There's money for only about 10,000 of the neediest children, at least for now. Blagojevich activated the $45 million first phase of his "Preschool for All" program surrounded by childhood-development advocates and lawmakers who helped move the measure through the General Assembly. The measure's proponents say broadening access to preschool will pay dividends in the future. "It's those precious years between 3 and 5 when kids learn the most," Blagojevich said during a news conference at...
  • Smart Kids Found to Undergo Delayed Brain Development

    04/08/2006 5:34:20 PM PDT · by voletti · 13 replies · 687+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 4/8/06 | David Bielo
    The pattern of brain growth during development may figure more importantly than overall brain size when it comes to intelligence, according to a new study. Scientists have found that the smartest kids start off with a relatively thin cerebral cortex--the outer layer of the brain associated with thought and other higher order functions--which thickens rapidly by age 12 before undergoing the same general diminishment as that of their peers of average intelligence. "Brainy children are not cleverer solely by virtue of having more or less gray matter at any one age," says Judith Rapoport of the National Institute of Mental...
  • Kaine solicits ideas to expand state's preschool offerings to all

    06/22/2006 6:14:00 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 10 replies · 227+ views
    With a state budget finally settled, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine started to lay the groundwork Wednesday for what will be his next major legislative battle: expanding pre school education. Kaine told the Start Strong Council that he wants the group of legislators, business leaders, educators and early childhood advocates to come up with proposals for Virginia's universal pre school model by mid-October so he can include some of the ideas in the mid term budget. Most of the more costly proposals will be included in the 2008 biennium budget, though, Kaine said. "We have to do it," Kaine said. "I...
  • Report Faults (INDIANA) Governor For Lack Of Pre-Kindergarten

    03/04/2006 9:21:07 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 13 replies · 434+ views
    THE INDY CHANNEL ^ | 03-04-2006 | AP
    INDIANAPOLIS -- A report by a national group pushing for early childhood education for all American children blames Gov. Mitch Daniels for Indiana's lack of support for such programs. The report released Friday by Washington-based Pre-K Now details the gains and losses for pre-kindergarten programs nationwide in 2005, and contends that Daniels has stalled any progress made in previous years in establishing early-childhood education in Indiana. "Indiana is one of only nine states that provide no state funding for pre-k or Head Start, and Governor Mitch Daniels has not yet addressed this serious neglect," the report states. Daniels said Friday...
  • Preschool reform measure won't close learning gap for poor

    02/26/2006 10:55:31 AM PST · by Seadog Bytes · 27 replies · 538+ views
    San Jose Mercury ^ | February 26, 2006 | Bruce Fuller
    Posted on Sun, Feb. 26, 2006 Preschool reform measure won't close learning gap for poorBy Bruce Fuller Like every would-be savior in the annals of school reform, Reiner promises miraculous results from his plan to spend $23 billion in the coming decade for preschool. Just over 64 percent of California's half-million 4-year-olds already attend a preschool center... Reiner's ``universal'' program would boost the enrollment rate only to 70 percent......by just 6 percent, or 32,000 4-year-olds statewide, at a cost of $2.3 billion a year.We are learning empirically that gains experienced by poor children who attend preschool fade by third...
  • CA: Tony Strickland: Governor Must Immediately Replace Reiner

    02/22/2006 11:50:35 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 4 replies · 637+ views
    Tony Strickland for Controller | 23 February 2006
    Governor Must Immediately Replace Reiner Strickland: “Controller needs to freeze Reiner funding and conduct immediate accountability audit” Sacramento, CA– Taxpayer Advocate Tony Strickland today called upon Governor Schwarzenegger to “immediately replace Rob Reiner on the First 5 California Children and Families Commission. His term has expired and nothing prevents the Governor from selecting an appointee who will restore the transparency and credibility to taxpayers when it comes to how government spends their tax dollars.” The firestorm of controversy has continued unabated since a Los Angeles Times story on Monday exposed a series of abuses orchestrated by Reiner and a small...
  • TV Ads Put Focus on Reiner [Meathead uses taxpayer funds to push "free preschool" ballot initiative]

    02/20/2006 6:54:25 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 49 replies · 828+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb 20, 2006 | Dan Morain
    SACRAMENTO — Police sirens wail as a scruffy teenager, clutching a bag, runs frantically through the streets. Entering a schoolyard, he reaches into the bag. Out comes … a graduation gown, which he dons to receive a diploma. The scene is from a television ad, paid for with tax money and made by consultants close to Hollywood producer Rob Reiner. It aired across California this winter, touting the benefits of preschool. "When kids go," the narrator says, "we all benefit." The release of the ad, and two others, by a state commission Reiner heads coincided with his launch of a...
  • Groups consider preschool measure (Reiner to promote his initiative in San Jose Thursday)

    02/21/2006 12:43:31 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 12 replies · 460+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 21 February 2006 | Dana Hull
    Groups consider preschool measure REINER TO PROMOTE HIS INITIATIVE IN S.J. Rob Reiner returns to San Jose on Thursday to pitch Proposition 82, his Preschool for All Act, as two key Silicon Valley business groups wrangle over whether to endorse the plan to provide a free voluntary year of preschool to all 4-year-olds in the state. The tech-heavy Silicon Valley Leadership Group, which met with Reiner in mid-December, and the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce have yet to weigh in on the complex initiative, which goes before voters statewide June 6. In recent weeks, a variety of opponents...
  • Preschool measure makes June ballot (California -- tax "the rich" to pay for public preschool)

    01/14/2006 2:02:48 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 86 replies · 1,235+ views
    SFC ^ | Jan. 14, 2005 | John Wildermuth
    Voters will decide in June whether they want to tax California's richest residents to send the state's 4-year-olds to preschool. Secretary of State Bruce McPherson has certified the "Preschool for All'' initiative, declaring that its backers, led by actor-director Rob Reiner, had collected more than the 598,105 valid signatures needed to place the measure on the June 6 ballot. The voluntary program would offer a full year of preschool to all California 4-year-olds, provided mostly by local school districts. The initiative would boost the top tax rate by 1.7 percent on individuals earning more than $400,000 annually or married couples...
  • Preschool initiative qualifies for June ballot (Meathead)

    01/13/2006 10:32:12 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 27 replies · 443+ views
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - An initiative sponsored by director and Democratic activist Rob Reiner that would fund preschool for all California children has qualified for the June primary election ballot, the secretary of state's office said Friday. Reiner's Preschool for All Act would raise income taxes on the wealthy to pay for a year of preschool for all 4-year-olds. Reiner also is chairman of California's First 5 program, which provides programs for children up to age 5. The initiative would raise an estimated $2.4 billion a year by increasing income taxes by 1.7 percent for individuals who earn at least $400,000...
  • Sometimes Predictions Are TOO Easy

    01/09/2006 6:36:20 PM PST · by lonewacko_dot_com · 3 replies · 162+ views
    HuffPost | 1/9/06 | Rob Reiner
    From Rob Reiner at the HuffPost: ...While I have tried to have some fun with this New Year's blog, I can certainly make one serious and unequivocal prediction about politics in 2006: California will decide to invest in its children by guaranteeing all 4 year-olds in this state the right to a high-quality preschool education. This giant leap forward will not only unlock the key to improving our K-12 system, it will also bring California the security, prosperity and happiness it so richly deserves. Californians have always proven to possess that most unique combination of skill passion and empathy that...
  • Britain to start all children with phonics

    12/01/2005 4:25:16 PM PST · by ncountylee · 79 replies · 1,383+ views
    UPI ^ | 12/1/2005
    LONDON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Starting next year, all British school children will learn to read using the traditional technique known as synthetic phonics. A report released Thursday said that, by the age of 11, children taught by the phonics method are typically three years ahead of others in reading ability. Jim Rose, a former director of the Office of Standards in Education and the report's author, also found that synthetic phonics works best when used alone and not in a combination of methods, the Times of London reported. Rose recommended that children be taught nothing but phonics until they...
  • Head Start Scam in Cleveland (Fed Gravy Train - Newspapers Mum)

    12/20/2005 5:53:49 AM PST · by add925 · 44 replies · 872+ views
    WTAM Radio ^ | 12/20/05 | WTAM - AM
    Just reported at 8:00 AM EST 12/20/05, Head Start in Cleveland received $30,000,000 in annual funds from the Federal Government (State Funds not reported) which translates into about $6,700 per child served, far more many private school tuitions. State of Ohio launching investigation why funding is running short at Head Start and why their salaries are so high. The Plain Dealer newspaper and others are (shock) not covering the story yet. If you find more, post it here.
  • CA: Preschool For All (Donations So Far For Initiative Battle)

    12/20/2005 1:55:54 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 2 replies · 358+ views
    Around The Capitol ^ | December 2005
    Preschool for All Committee Total (last twelve months):$2,169,584 Cash on Hand (as of June 30):$195,431 Expenditures (Note: this includes only late contributions, generally large electronically filed contributions.This is not necessarily the total amount of cash-on-hand for the committee.) << Donor >> << Amount >> << Received Date >> << Report Date >> Carl And Estelle Reiner (Beverly Hills, CA) $500,000 12/07/2005 12/16/2005 Jamel Perkins (San Francisco, CA) $5,000 11/22/2005 12/02/2005 Catholic Healthcare West (Phoenix, AZ) $25,000 11/11/2005 11/18/2005 Brian S. Snyder (New York, NY) $30,000 11/10/2005 11/18/2005 Hispanic Express, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) $20,000 11/09/2005 11/18/2005 Elon R. Musk (Los...
  • 'Meathead' Is at It Again [CA bill could regulate Montessori pre-schools out of existence]

    12/11/2005 12:17:37 PM PST · by grundle · 30 replies · 1,192+ views
    opinionjournal.com ^ | December 11, 2005 | SHIKHA DALMIA AND LISA SNELL
    Movie director turned child advocate Rob Reiner recently acquired a million signatures to put his Preschool for All initiative on the California ballot next June, his second attempt to launch a "universal" preschool program. The real victims would be low- to middle-income women who run nearly all private early-care centers that comprise 70% of California's child-care industry. The onerous credentialing requirements and union mandates that the initiative would trigger would devastate the industry's entrepreneurs without improving instruction one iota. Consider Cynthia Leahy, founder of Montessori Schools of Fremont. She started her first center 30 years ago in a small Sunday...
  • Mixed response to toddler plans (State ownership of children?)

    11/11/2005 8:06:30 AM PST · by fortunecookie · 16 replies · 514+ views
    BBC News ^ | November 9, 2005
    Mixed response to toddler plans Toddlers are encouraged to be healthy, competent learners A proposed "national curriculum" for babies and toddlers in England has received a mixed response. Under the Childcare Bill, childminders would teach the curriculum to children "from birth" - with some worrying that it might be too prescriptive. The National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations called the proposals "bizarre".
  • A national curriculum for babies

    11/08/2005 11:17:39 PM PST · by beaversmom · 10 replies · 460+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 11/9/05 | Sarah Womack and Liz Lightfoot
    Every baby attending a day nursery or who is in the care of a childminder will be taught a new national curriculum devised by Whitehall, it was announced yesterday. Childminders and nurseries will be under a legal duty to teach the Early Years Foundation Stage to children "from birth" until the age of three. Inspectors from Ofsted will check that the children are developing in four "distinct curriculum headings". This will include becoming "competent learners", for which they will be expected to have mastered such skills as comparing, categorising and recognising symbols and marks. It is the first time that...
  • Young and hard to control [Preschoolers]

    11/01/2005 6:48:01 AM PST · by twas · 138 replies · 2,730+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | 11/1/2005 | SANDRA TAN
    Kids these days. They're getting more disrespectful, abusive, defiant and prone to tantrums. A few are even getting kicked out of school, getting pulled from the classroom by frustrated parents or being asked to cut back on their classroom hours until they shape up. And they're only 4. "In the past five years, I've seen it become more difficult to deal with children," said Judy Sharkey, director of Sheridan Day Care Center in the Town of Tonawanda. She's far from alone. Administrators at many of the area's preschools agree the number of children they see with serious behavioral problems is...
  • Education level of preschool workers declining

    10/23/2005 4:50:09 AM PDT · by raybbr · 25 replies · 415+ views
    The New Haven Register ^ | 10/23/2005 | Maria Garriga
    There is a brain drain in nursery schools, preschools and day cares everywhere, according to a new report. "Educational attainment in virtually every field has gone up; this field is a striking anomaly," said Stephen Herzenberg, executive director of the Keystone Research Center in Harrisburg, Pa., and lead author of the report. Snip The report contends that low pay has led to a decline in the education levels of workers in day-care and preschool programs. Snip One quarter of early education workers earn less than 200 percent of the federal poverty line — the threshold that the government sets for...
  • Academic who helped create Head Start dies

    09/26/2005 1:11:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 692+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/26/05 | AP
    ITHACA, N.Y. - Urie Bronfenbrenner, a Cornell University psychologist who pioneered an interdisciplinary approach to the study of child development and helped create the federal Head Start program, has died. He was 88. Bronfenbrenner, a member of the Cornell faculty since 1948, died at his home Sunday from complications from diabetes, the school announced Monday. The Russian-born Bronfenbrenner was credited with creating the interdisciplinary field of human ecology and was widely regarded as one of the world's leading scholars in developmental psychology and child-rearing. Before Bronfenbrenner, child psychologists studied the child, sociologists examined the family, anthropologists the society, economists the...
  • House OKs Faith As Head Start Hiring Issue (UPDATE)

    09/22/2005 7:31:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 330+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/22/05 | Ben Feller - ap
    WASHINGTON - The House voted Thursday to let Head Start centers consider religion when hiring workers, overshadowing its moves to strengthen the preschool program's academics and finances. The Republican-led House approved a bill that lets churches and other faith-based preschool centers hire only people who share their religion, yet still receive federal tax dollars. Democrats blasted that idea as discriminatory. Launched in the 1960s, the nearly $7 billion Head Start program provides comprehensive education to more than 900,000 poor children. Though credited for getting kids ready for school, Head Start has drawn scrutiny as cases of financial waste and questions...
  • Religious Debate Dominates House Renewal of Head Start Program

    09/22/2005 1:30:11 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 8 replies · 345+ views
    AP ^ | 9/22/05 | Ben Feller
    The House moved Thursday to shore up Head Start's academics and finances, but debate about updating the preschool program turned heated over the role religion can play in hiring. Republicans were ready to amend the Head Start bill so churches and other faith-based Head Start centers could factor religion into their hiring. Democrats called that idea discriminatory. Launched in the 1960s, the nearly $7 billion Head Start program provides comprehensive early education to more than 900,000 poor children. Though credited for getting kids ready for school, Head Start has drawn scrutiny as cases of financial waste and questions about academic...
  • Marjie Lundstrom: L.A. business group aligns with labor for statewide preschool

    09/08/2005 3:19:52 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 225+ views
    AP ^ | 9/8/5 | Marjie Lundstrom
    Talk about drama. If Californians approve the bold new "Preschool for All Act" - a proposed ballot measure that would offer free preschool to all the state's 4-year-olds - the overhaul of the state's education system would be epic. Sell It Yourself There's star power behind this initiative, aimed at the June ballot and engineered by Hollywood filmmaker and children's advocate Rob Reiner. But there's also a prequel, an intriguing back-story you probably haven't heard about. Remember Rusty Hammer? Hammer is the former chief of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce who went on to become president and CEO of...
  • Booze For Barbie (Study: Preschoolers at play mimic parents’ smoking, drinking)

    09/05/2005 10:17:12 PM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 27 replies · 585+ views
    (AP) CHICAGO Preschoolers pretending to shop for a Barbie doll’s social evening were more likely to choose cigarettes if their parents smoked, and wine or beer if their parents drank, a study found. Researchers observing the children’s play found that the ones who watched PG-13 or R-rated movies also were more likely to choose alcohol for Barbie. A 4-year-old girl chose Barbie-sized tobacco in the pretend store and said: “I need this for my man. A man needs cigarettes.” A 6-year-old boy offered the doll cigarettes and said: “Honey, have some smokes. Do you like smokes? I like smokes.” Parents...
  • Education of tots wasn't always so complicated

    08/09/2005 9:45:12 PM PDT · by manny613 · 3 replies · 314+ views
    I recently wrote about how I think today's parents are too intense when it comes to kids and pre-school. I just think taking a 4-year-old to a specialist to work on scissor skills (a literal example I've seen in news reports on the subject more than once) is a little excessive.
  • 'Godsend' from county saves pre-k in Seminole

    05/31/2002 3:08:47 PM PDT · by Truth Addict · 25 replies · 560+ views
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | 5/31/02 | Leslie Postal
    'Godsend' from county saves pre-k in Seminole By Leslie Postal | Sentinel Staff Writer Posted May 31, 2002 SANFORD -- The Seminole County school district will not slash its pre-kindergarten program next school year, thanks to a $500,000 "godsend" from county commissioners. Without the donation from the Seminole County Commission made this week, enrollment in the program would have been slashed because of new state rules. The subsidized pre-k program aims to help 4-year-olds from low-income families get ready for school. New state rules require both parents to work for their child to be eligible. The rule change meant enrollment...
  • Where Courts CAN Make a Difference: The Case for a Constitutional Right to Preschool

    06/23/2005 4:39:55 PM PDT · by untenured · 10 replies · 380+ views
    ABSTRACT: Currently, a bit more than twenty-five percent of all children, ages three through five, who are not in kindergarten, attend a private preschool. A little less than twenty-five percent attend a publicly-funded preschool. The federal government traditionally played the leading role in providing access to publicly-funded preschools, but that is beginning to change. Forty states and the District of Columbia currently sponsor pre-school programs, up from ten in 1980. Both federal and state programs typically target poor children, but even then only serve a limited portion of the eligible group. As a result, millions of three- and four-year old...
  • Children's toys blamed for drug addiction

    06/22/2005 1:29:22 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 76 replies · 1,268+ views
    Ananova ^ | June 22, 2005 | Staff
    Children at playschool in Austria are having their toys taken away in the belief it will help them fight drug addiction and alcoholism later in life.The project called 'toy-free kindergartens' will see groups of youngsters forced to go without their usual classroom playthings for three months to make them more independent and socially integrated. Vienna city councillor for health, Renate Brauner, said the campaign was to prevent children from becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol in adulthood by developing their social competence. "Pilot tests have shown that taking away children's toys encourages them to think more about how to entertain...
  • [FLASHBACK] Hillary: The US has much to learn from France in child care

    06/19/2005 3:07:41 PM PDT · by nwrep · 30 replies · 1,180+ views
    The New York Times Archives | April 7, 1990 | Hillary Rodham Clinton
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Ten years after the U.S. started talking about "family values," many wonder why we are still unable to provide decent education, health care and opportunity for all of our children. Recently, I joined a study team of child care professionals who spent two weeks in France, under the auspices of the French-American Foundation. What we saw was a coordinated, comprehensive system, supported across the political spectrum, that links day care, early education and healthcare - and is accessible to virtually every child. In France, virtually all home-based day care providers are licensed, receive benefits including social...
  • Preschool loosens parent-child bonds

    06/13/2005 11:02:52 AM PDT · by JZelle · 24 replies · 763+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 6-13-05 | Michael Smith
    Everyone agrees that children should receive the best education possible to prepare the next generation for life. There is less agreement, however, about the most effective way to provide that education and when to start the formal process. Across the United States, the compulsory age to begin school varies from 5 to 8. Parents in states with a higher starting age have more flexibility in determining whether their children are truly ready for formal education. The Home School Legal Defense Association believes parents are in the best position to judge their children's readiness. There has, however, been a push to...