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  • Brookings Experts Wonder Why Early Childhood Ed Isn’t Working

    12/05/2016 8:08:13 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 54 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 2, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution wondered why "children who participated in Tennessee's statewide pre-K program had worse attitudes toward school and poorer work habits than children who didn't." Haskins co-authored a policy brief (entitled "Trouble in the Land of Early Childhood Education?") with Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, a professor at Columbia University, and they noted, "the past year has seen a disagreement erupt on the playground" regarding the future of pre-K early education. They admitted, "One of the most important aspects of early education is its popularity with the public." They continued, "Public support is vital if we aim to expand...
  • Man admits taking $250K from Head Start; bought Maserati, mink coat

    06/08/2016 8:40:35 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    The former executive director of a former Head Start program in Jersey City Tuesday admitted that he diverted more than $250,000 from programs for underprivileged children and used the money for personal expenses, including a Maserati and a mink coat, prosecutors said. Robert E. Mays, 38, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in federal court to one count of wire fraud. According to court papers charging him, Mays in 2013 forged records and duped employees at the Jersey City Child Development Centers into believing that its board of directors had raised his salary 61 percent to $155,000...
  • IQ and fade-out effect: Environmental intervention can raise general intelligence (temporarily)

    03/21/2016 9:39:19 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 7 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 3/14/2016 | John Protzko
    Scientists have long agreed that we humans are a complex combination of our inherited traits and the environments in which we are raised. How the scales tip in one direction or the other, however, is still the subject of much debate. To better understand the nature versus nurture question, UC Santa Barbara psychologist John Protzko analyzed an existing study to determine whether and how environmental interventions impacted the intelligence levels of low birth weight children. The key finding: Interventions did raise intelligence levels, but not permanently. When the interventions ended, their effects diminished over time in what psychologists describe as...
  • 'Zuckerberg don't kill us!' Facebook incitement battle heats up

    01/17/2016 10:37:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    INN ^ | 1/17/2016, 7:49 PM | Ari Soffer
    Since the major escalation in Arab terrorist attacks in Israel began at the start of October last year, Israelis have consistently complained about the use of social media to incite terrorism and glorify "martyrdom," and the lack of enforcement by social media companies. [...] Perhaps the worst offender in this regard is Facebook, which now faces legal action over its slow, minimal reaction to the reams of anti-Semitic incitement uploaded daily. Now, the Israeli rights NGO which is leading the legal campaign against Facebook incitement is taking the fight directly to the digital giant's CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg. Shurat...
  • Bevin running mate Jenean Hampton says Head Start is for early "indoctrination"

    09/26/2015 5:02:15 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 09/24/2015 | Nick Storm
    Jenean Hampton, the running mate of Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin, said the federal early childhood education program known as Head Start is used to indoctrinate young children. Head Start is a federal program providing 3 to 5 year old children from low income families with health and developmental screenings, meals and education services. On the campaign trail in Jessamine County on Tuesday, Hampton told a group at a meet-and-greet in Nicholasville that the program essentially does not serve a purpose. “I remember when Head Start began and it was just for low income, very low income kids because they...
  • SHOCKING VIDEO: Little Girl Gets Beating Of A Lifetime, But Mama Doesn’t Mind

    07/16/2015 3:05:13 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    mad world news ^ | july 15, 2015 | amanda shea
    A little girl, catching a cool breeze from an air conditioning unit in the yard, was blindsided by another child about her same age, who had evidently had some practice with fighting fierce. The small victim wasn’t alone, as there were plenty of nearby witnesses, who could have protected her but didn’t because they were too busy recording the brutal beat down and encouraging it. The video was sent to Mediatakeout, allegedly by a “concerned” relative of the 5-year-old girl on the receiving end of the attack. It’s not known whether this relative bothered to send the footage to authorities, but thankfully,...
  • Head Start Still Unfinished

    04/14/2015 8:38:58 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 13, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Try as they might, when proponents of early federally funded pre-school education ala Head Start try to make the case for their cause, they can’t quite seal the deal. “There is one study that shows that the benefits of pre-K education will wash out after four years,” Governor Terry McAuliffe, D-VA, claimed at the Center for American Progress (CAP) on Friday, April 10, 2015. He then said, “I’ve talked to kindergarten teachers who say it makes a difference.” But kindergarten would fall within that four-year window and he offered no examples of studies that show differing conclusions. Maybe this is...
  • Head Start: Preschool Proponents Should Admit to Shortcomings

    02/21/2014 4:37:15 AM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | February 19, 2014 | Lindsey Burke
    Are Americans really longing for “Head Start-like programs” for their children? So argues Eleanor Clift in a recent article for the Daily Beast. Clift praises El Centro Rosemount, a preschool center in Washington, D.C., that serves children from affluent families and students in the federal Head Start program.As the day care center notes, it’s one of the few such centers in the country that cares for students in Head Start along with students from tuition-paying households. Visiting the center and observing the students led Clift to the conclusion that Rosemount “epitomizes the value of early schooling.”Rosemount, however, might be the...
  • Impervious to Evidence, Liberals Ride Again

    01/03/2014 5:51:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | January 3, 2014 | Mona Charen
    "We will restore science to its rightful place ... " So intoned a "dismissive and derisive" President Barack Obama in his first inaugural. It's been oft quoted in the five years since (frequently by me, I'll confess) for its arrogance and condescension, which has continuing relevance, but before turning to the left's latest departure from scientific rigor, I cannot resist a fuller quotation. The second part of this sentence from Obama's first inaugural reads " ... and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost." Hmm. In his second inaugural (compared to Abraham Lincoln's second by...
  • Head Start and Other Federal Failures

    11/17/2013 9:29:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | November 17, 2013 | Steve Chapman
    When the government shutdown began on Oct. 1, it forced the closing of Head Start facilities in several states, stopping educational services for thousands of low-income kids. So heart-rending was this spectacle that a pair of Texas philanthropists gave $10 million to keep the programs going. Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas appeared at a rally of parents protesting the Head Start closures, holding up a child's chair and declaring, "Here is the empty chair of the next astronaut. Here is the empty chair of a captain in the United States military." House Republicans were not about to be...
  • Government shutdown could hurt Tampa Bay children (Kids not getting their 2 free meals a day!)

    10/04/2013 9:41:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    WFTS-TV ^ | October 4, 2013 | Chris Trenkmann
    <p>Lawmakers from both parties in Washington spent their Friday exchanging blame for the government shutdown, even as they were heading home for the weekend with no new negotiations scheduled.</p> <p>Sen. Marco Rubio, (R ) Florida, took to the senate floor to blast the president for his personal exchanges with House Speaker John Boehner.</p>
  • Obama: reducing government spending “like eating your corn seed” (ignores unfunded liabilities)

    08/23/2013 12:01:06 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 20 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/23/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    President Obama recently spoke at a Binghamton University Presidential Town Hall meeting. “We don’t have an urgent deficit crisis. The only crisis we have is one that’s manufactured in Washington, and it’s ideological. And the basic notion is, is that we shouldn’t be helping people get health care and we shouldn’t be helping kids who can’t help themselves and whose parents are underresourced, we shouldn’t be helping them get a leg up. And so some of the Headstart, even deeper cuts in education support, even deeper cuts in basic science and research. And, you know, that’s like eating your corn...
  • Obama Economy Emphasis Is all Talk

    07/26/2013 6:11:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | July 26, 2013 | Michael Barone
    We have a president who loves to give campaign speeches to adoring crowds, but who doesn't seem to have much interest in governing. That was apparent Wednesday, when Barack Obama delivered the first of several promised "pivot to the economy" speeches at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., where he spoke eight years ago as a newly elected U.S. senator. The hour-long speech started off with some characteristic self-referencing -- he didn't have gray hair then, he noted, or a motorcade -- and ended with a quotation from Galesburg native Carl Sandburg. But in between there was not much in the...
  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan: Pre-School is Better Than Grandma

    06/14/2013 4:11:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 13, 2013 - 11:38 AM | Penny Starr
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday that “cultural hesitation” makes it more difficult for some Hispanic parents to want to enroll their children in public pre-school programs because of their preference for family and friends. Duncan’s remarks came when asked about pre-school and the Hispanic community at an event to mark the anniversary of Educare of Washington, D.C., a preschool for children from six weeks to five years old. …
  • Head Start teachers name Obamacare as biggest problem

    05/06/2013 1:38:42 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 10 replies ^ | may 6, 2013 | Neil Munro
    Head Start teachers and administrators told The Daily Caller that their most pressing concern is not budget impacts from sequestration but changes coming from President Barack Obama’s health-care law. In 2014, the impact of 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act “is probably going to be a 9 percent [cost] increase, and significantly more the next year,” said Nancy Nordyk, director of the Head Start program in southern Oregon. Rising healthcare costs will likely force Oregon to reduce some Head Start workers’ hours so they’re not eligible for the medical program, said Nordyk, who spoke to TheDC during a national...
  • The Democrats have lost on sequestration

    04/28/2013 12:41:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, April 26, 2013 | Ezra Klein
    That’s the simple reality of Friday’s vote to ease the pain for the Federal Aviation Administration. By assenting to it, Democrats have agreed to sequestration for the foreseeable future. In effect, what Democrats said Friday was that in any case where the political pain caused by sequestration becomes unbearable, they will agree to cancel that particular piece of the bill while leaving the rest of the law untouched. The result is that sequestration is no longer particularly politically threatening, but it’s even more unbalanced: Cuts to programs used by the politically powerful will be addressed, but cuts to programs that...
  • Words Are Power

    03/08/2013 10:43:35 AM PST · by Kaslin ^ | March 8, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    Everyone's looking for a quick fix in education -- President Obama most of all. "Let's make sure none of our children start out the race of life already a step behind," he says. "Let's make it a national priority to give every child access to high quality early education." Sure, let's. Let's wave a magic wand over every child to get him or her into a prestigious private school, just like the president's own children. It's not that we shouldn't pay attention to early learning and cheerfully pay for what works. But when the government got into the business...
  • Sequester Means Bad News For Head Start Beneficiaries [Obama Loving Radio Station Fosters Panic]

    02/26/2013 10:45:52 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    WIOD ^ | 2/26/13
    The sequester is scheduled to take effect on Friday, and that means Florida stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding and 80,000 jobs. One program that will likely get slammed is Head Start, which provides early education and health services to tens of thousands of Florida children. About 2,700 of those kids will lose those benefits if the sequester kicks in. Dr. Daniel Armstrong, director of the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, says the sequester could have devastating consequences for the children being booted off the rolls....
  • Gen. Boykin: Obama going wrong way on families

    02/25/2013 8:05:00 AM PST · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    WND ^ | February 24, 2013 | Michael Haverluck
    See what research reveals is best indicator of the future of youth Barack Obama called during his State of the Union for taxpayer-funded universal preschool f or children, which would yank them out of their homes at an even earlier age. But a new study shows the opposite – family cohesion, is the No. 1 determinant of a healthy home and a healthy society. When asked about the message from the study, which showed only 45 percent of 15-17-year-old teens in America live with both married parents, Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin said such cohesion is as important in the...
  • The Shaky Science Behind Obama’s Universal Pre-K

    02/21/2013 8:29:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies | Feb 20, 2013 | Charles Murray
    Here's the link.
  • Is Obama’s universal pre-K plan too much, too soon?

    02/15/2013 8:58:50 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 32 replies
    A E I ^ | 2-15 | James Pethokoukis
    Proponents of President Obama’s universal prekindergarten proposal make a strong case for the potential benefits of such a plan. Studies of about 100 low-income kids enrolled in two pricey and intensive preschool projects in the 1960s and 1970s found the children, while not experiencing any permanen IQ improvement, developed life skills that meant they were more likely as adults to hold a job, own a home, and stay out of jail than counterparts in a control group. More recently studies of broader, statewide pre-K programs, particularly in Oklahoma provide some further evidence of effectiveness, though the results are certainly not...
  • Head Start's sad and costly secret -- what Washington doesn't want you to know

    01/16/2013 8:01:26 AM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 26 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 1/16/13 | Lindsey M. Burke
    ‘Twas the Friday before Christmas, and while most Americans were enjoying time with family and friends, the bureaucrats at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) were stirring quietly about, preparing to release its long-overdue evaluation of the Head Start program. Head Start is an $8 billion per year federal preschool program, designed to improve the kindergarten readiness of low-income children. Since its inception in1965, taxpayers have spent more than $180 billion on the program. [snip] The first-grade evaluation found that any benefits the children may have accrued while in the Head Start program had dissipated by the time...
  • Head Start's Sad and Costly Start -- What Washington Doesn't Want You to Know

    01/15/2013 4:52:04 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 14, 2013 | Lindsey M. Burke
    Head Start is an $8 billion per year federal preschool program, designed to improve the kindergarten readiness of low-income children. Since its inception in1965, taxpayers have spent more than $180 billion on the program. But HHS’ latest Head Start Impact Study found taxpayers aren’t getting a good return on this “investment.” According to the congressionally-mandated report, Head Start has little to no impact on cognitive, social-emotional, health, or parenting practices of its participants. In fact, on a few measures, access to the program actually produced negative effects
  • Welsh Restaurant Served Double Whisky to Two-Year-Old Celebrating His Birthday (U.K.)

    10/11/2012 11:08:29 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 52 replies
    AP ^ | October 12, 2012 | AP
    Welsh restaurant Frankie and Benny's served booze to toddler A RESTAURANT chain has apologised for accidentally serving alcohol to a toddler in Wales, calling it a case of human error. The BBC reported that two-year-old Sonny Rees was taken to a hospital emergency room after drinking whisky at his second birthday party at a Frankie and Benny's restaurant in Swansea. His mother, Nina Rees, said he was clearly intoxicated. She said she tasted his drink, which was supposed to be lime juice and water, after noticing that he was making a funny face. "It was whisky, I would say a...
  • "Head Start" an Abysmal Failure for Kids, a Spectacular Success for Teachers

    05/09/2012 7:02:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | 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...
  • Walter Russell Mead: Head Start A 50 Year Flop? Say It Ain’t So, Joe

    01/12/2012 7:17:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies · 1+ views
    The American Interest. ^ | January 12, 2012 | Walter Russell Mead
    “Head Start” has been the poster child of federal aid to education ever since the Lyndon Johnson administration introduced it as part of the Great Society. And for decades liberals have pointed to it as one of the great advances that the federal government has brought to education, and as evidence that creative social engineering by smart professional interventionists can change the world. But a long-suppressed government report finally released by the Obama administration report is shaking the foundations of Head Start, and the news isn’t coming from right wing conservatives but from Joe Klein at Time magazine. As Klein...
  • Time to Ax Public Programs That Don't Yield Results (Head Start says no less than Joe Klein!)

    07/10/2011 10:44:20 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    Time ^ | July 07, 2011 | Joe Klein
    Barack Obama has been accused of "class warfare" because he favors closing several tax loopholes — socialism for the wealthy — as part of the deficit-cutting process. This is a curious charge: class warfare seems to be a one-way street in American politics. Over the past 30 years, the superwealthy have waged far more effective warfare against the poor and the middle class, via their tools in Congress, than the other way around. How else can one explain the fact that the oil companies, despite elephantine profits, are still subsidized by the federal government? How else can one explain the...
  • Head Start Is Closing Down All Over

    02/25/2011 6:49:18 PM PST · by A CA Guy · 77 replies
    First Hand ^ | 2-25-2011 | A CA Guy
    My sister who works for Head Start says next Friday is it in CA. They had a meeting today saying they are all gone. She was told it is all closing at least in this state and maybe across the nation at least in part. Sure, budget issues is the way it goes, but how long before we get more bonds and BS (FOR THE CHILDREN)? The Los Angeles times in the source link is there to show you they already blamed Republicans even though in this state the Democrats run the show.
  • St. Peter Santa gets the heave-ho-ho-ho

    12/15/2010 11:20:30 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 13 replies
    Mankato Free Press ^ | 12-14-10 | Brian Ojanpa
    This Santa slid down no chimney, but he feels he and the kids got the shaft nonetheless. Dennis Jackson said it was over-reaching cultural sensitivity that led to being told his annual Santa appearances must cease at St. Peter Head Start classes for young children. Jackson said he was told "it was against some people's wishes" for him to make the half-hour appearances for two classes catering to about three dozen children. He said St. Peter Head Start personnel gave him no reason for the action. He's made Santa appearances there the past four years to dispense candy bought at...
  • Schools tag kids with RFID chips

    09/15/2010 8:22:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 15, 2010 | WorldNetDaily
    A California school district is using some $115,000 of federal stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to have kids wear vests with RFID chips embedded so their every move inside the school complex can be monitored. A report from TechNewsDaily cites the work of the Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services agency, which already has spent $50,000 setting up the system for a first Head Start site. "We did some research and we thought this would be a good utilization for the money," Karen Mitchoff, an agency spokeswoman, told TechNews Daily. The action has...
  • Head Start Earns an F: No Lasting Impact for Children by First Grade

    03/28/2010 2:18:19 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 21 replies · 770+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | January 21, 2010 | David Muhlhausen, Ph.D. and Dan Lips
    Abstract: Recently released results from the Head Start Impact Study indicate that the benefits of participating in Head Start almost completely disappear by first grade. While other studies have previously assessed Head Start's effectiveness, this is the only study that used a rigorous experimental design. Given this strongly negative evaluation, Congress should reconsider spending more than $9 billion per year on a program that produces few positive lasting effects. Furthermore, instead of creating yet another new federal preschool program at a cost of $8 billion, Congress and the Obama Administration should focus on terminating, consolidating, and reforming existing preschool and...
  • The TrueMajority 10 Principles (Help dissect propaganda)

    03/05/2003 4:56:41 PM PST · by listenhillary · 25 replies · 523+ views
    True Majority ^ | 3/05/03 | Ben Cohen
    1. Attack World Hunger and Poverty as if Our Life Depends on It: It Does. Anchor our foreign policy in the compassion for the poor that unites all the world's religions. Reduce the debts of impoverished countries. Shift foreign aid from buying weapons to feeding people. 2. Champion the Rights of Every Child, Woman and Man. Make America stand for justice, not expediency. Stop turning a blind eye to governments that abuse their own people. Ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. If punishing a foreign tyrant means,...
  • FBI aids in raid at Sonoma State in grant probe (trained Head Start teachers and other stuff)

    02/20/2010 3:43:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 324+ views ^ | 2/20/10 | Nanette Asimov
    Federal and county investigators searched offices and storage facilities at Sonoma State University this week, looking for evidence related to 20 grants awarded to a now-defunct campus department, school officials said. The department - the California Institute for Human Service, which trained Head Start teachers, among other activities - was shut down in 2007 under suspicion that its administrators mishandled more than $2 million in state and federal grant money. On Thursday, the FBI, the Sonoma County district attorney, and inspectors from the federal Health and Human Services Department searched the university's administrative and financial offices, as well as a...
  • Head Start: A tragic waste of money

    01/28/2010 5:54:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies · 740+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 28, 2010 | ANDREW J. COULSON
    Head Start, the most sacrosanct federal education program, doesn't work. That's the finding of a sophisticated study just released by President Obama's Department of Health and Human Services. Created in 1965, the comprehensive preschool program for 3- and 4-year olds and their parents is meant to narrow the education gap between low-income students and their middle- and upper-income peers. Forty-five years and $166 billion later, it has been proven a failure. The bad news came in the study released this month: It found that, by the end of the first grade, children who attended Head Start are essentially indistinguishable from...
  • 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...
  • Budget Cuts for Pre-K Programs?

    04/08/2009 8:33:49 AM PDT · by Selkirk · 11 replies · 421+ views
    Political Castaway ^ | 4/8/2009 | Selkirk
    It was reported today that several states are considering making cuts in pre-Kindergarten programs as a result of the budget problems faced by the states and localities under the current economic conditions. Seems a little strange right now, given that a considerable chunk of the Recovery Act was devoted to funding pre-K programs, but I can't enough about what a good idea it is. As a father of two young children (one in Kindergarten and one in preschool), I can appreciate the value of preschool. My own anecdotal observation, which is backed up by empirical studies (not to mention common...
  • The Universal Pre-K Scam

    04/08/2009 4:58:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies · 1,610+ views ^ | 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" ( 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...
  • Law officials urge funds for early education

    03/10/2009 2:22:45 PM PDT · by NotchJohnson · 2 replies · 174+ views
    News14 ^ | 03/10/2009 | Shawn Flynn
    Law officials urge funds for early education CHARLOTTE -- A report released Tuesday by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids says early childhood education programs give children the right start in life and could keep them from a life in crime. Area law enforcement officials showed their support for the initiative Tuesday. “The report shows that ensuring high-quality early education to at-risk kids in the Carolinas could prevent many of them from becoming criminals," said Fight Crime: Invest in Kids membership director Joey Weedon.
  • Free Money is NOT Free

    02/23/2009 5:25:48 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 8 replies · 414+ views
    WSJ/Human Events/Yidwithlid ^ | 2/23/09 | Yidwithlid
    As the saying goes, "There is no free lunch." Such is the case with the massive stimulus bill signed into law by President Obama last week. Because while the bill gives states some short term money, it commits them to long term payments that may bankrupt the state governments in the long term. Here is an example of the entitlements that will now be burdening state treasuries: Consider South Carolina. Its annual budget is roughly $7 billion and the stimulus will send about $2.8 billion to the state over two years. But to spend the hundreds of millions of dollars...
  • The 67% Solution

    01/11/2009 7:09:12 AM PST · by joeystoy · 6 replies · 422+ views
    Give 'n Go ^ | January 10, 2009 | J. Martini
    In this euphoric run-up to the ascension of The Oba-Messiah, all the usual suspects are lumbering toward the trough in order to slobber up the Fool's Gold now being minted by our leaders in Washington. Consistently neglected in boom years, INFRASTRUCTURE is now the Golden Calf of the 21st Century New Deal, worshipped by one and all in every level of government. Who can argue with it? Don't these worthy projects need funding? And aren't these the same public servants that have served us so well in good times and bad? In recent years here in New York City the...
  • 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...
  • America Serves(Obama's plan requires 100 hrs of community service in college every year, 50 for hs)

    11/06/2008 5:35:29 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 192 replies · 7,524+ views
    America Serves "When you choose to serve -- whether it's your nation, your community or simply your neighborhood -- you are connected to that fundamental American ideal that we want life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness not just for ourselves, but for all Americans. That's why it's called the American dream." The Obama Administration will call on Americans to serve in order to meet the nation’s challenges. President-Elect Obama will expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and will create a new Classroom Corps to help teachers in underserved schools, as well as a new Health Corps,...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 12-12-07

    12/12/2007 5:59:24 PM PST · by silent_jonny · 177 replies · 230+ views
    This morning President Bush called newly elected Republican congressmen Rob Wittman of Virginia and Bob Latta of Ohio to congratulate them on their strong victories in yesterday’s special elections. This afternoon, the president awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Honor to three police officers and a firefighter in the Oval Office. “They will tell you they were just doing their job; I'm telling you they did their job with extraordinary courage” (Transcript) And signed the "Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007" into law. (Transcript) Later, the president attended a farewell ceremony for Undersecretary of State Karen...
  • Bush Signs Head Start Preschool Bill

    12/12/2007 12:30:04 PM PST · by SmithL · 31 replies · 566+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/12/7
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- President Bush on Wednesday signed into law a five-year renewal of Head Start, the federal preschool program for poor children. The latest update to Head Start, which began in 1965, aims to open the program to more children and ensure that teachers are better-qualified. Congress overwhelmingly approved the legislation last month, and Bush signed it despite misgivings about aspects of the bill. Bush praised the bill's push to increase competition among Head Start providers, raise learning standards and coordinate early childhood education.
  • Security Lapses at Head Start Continue

    11/19/2007 11:15:01 AM PST · by jeannineinsd · 1 replies · 90+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 1119/07 | Jeff McDonald
    Sanctions pursued for S.D. nonprofit By Jeff McDonald UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER November 19, 2007 What should be done with a preschool provider that continually allows children to wander away from its centers? That's the question facing state regulators, who already were trying to revoke the licenses of 12 Head Start centers run by Neighborhood House Association when a toddler at another Neighborhood House center left school through an unlocked gate. It was the 15th time since 2002 that the agency had lost track of a child. All were returned home unharmed. OVERVIEW Background: State regulators are working to revoke licenses...
  • House Passes Head Start Bill

    11/14/2007 11:08:09 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 34+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/27/7 | JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- The House on Wednesday approved a five-year Head Start bill minus the provision sought by the Bush administration to allow religious groups participating in the preschool program to hire and fire staffers based on their religious affiliations. The legislation, which passed 381-36, outlines plans to expand Head Start services to more low-income families, improve the qualifications of teachers and ensure that Head Start centers are well-run. The Senate could vote on the measure later this week, sending it to President Bush. "Head Start remains a cornerstone in this country's efforts to help all children learn, to combat...
  • 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...
  • A Federal Curriculum for Preschoolers

    05/03/2007 10:23:42 AM PDT · by Sopater · 9 replies · 423+ views
    EdWatch Action ^ | 05/01/2007
      105 Peavey Road, Suite 116   Chaska, MN 55318  952-361-4931 May 1, 2007 A Federal Curriculum for Preschoolers   Mental Health & Gender Issues in Head Start HR 1429Votes will be this week, perhaps Wednesday. Contact your U.S. Representative.Find Representatives here. Or call them at 202-225-3121. Tell them to remove federal curriculum and mental screening for preschoolers.         This week exposes the extreme direction of our current U.S. Congress. Within hours of each other, Congress will be voting on both a federal curriculum for preschoolers requiring gender/diversity/ training, and they will vote on the dangerous Hate Crimes Bill to...
  • Education Beat Goes On

    09/24/2006 9:20:30 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 10 replies · 401+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 21, 2006 | Matthew Hickman
    It’s easy for scholars to study statistics, and then provide solutions to change those numbers. Scholars perform massive amounts of research, but the field reporting is left to journalists. Recently, The Brookings Institution sponsored a panel to discuss policies that would aid in educating low-income children. After the panel had completed, four journalists took the stage to provide analysis on the presented ideas. The journalistic panel consisted of Adrian Wooldridge, of The Economist, Hugh Price, Senior Fellow of The Brookings Institution, Sebastian Mallaby, of The Washington Post, and David Wessel, of The Wall Street Journal; all four of whom have...
  • Nonprofit shut over bad books

    07/31/2006 4:20:50 AM PDT · by chambley1 · 5 replies · 330+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 31, 2006 | Jim McElhatton
    A prominent Arlington nonprofit organization that has received millions of dollars to administer federal Head Start child care services for low-income families has shut down after government auditors uncovered sloppy accounting practices.