Providing Pre-K For Every Philadelphia Child No Easy MatterThe Commission, created by voters in May, estimates 14,000 3-5-year-olds are already in a quality pre-school, but another 16,000 would need to be enrolled to achieve universal Pre-K.
Pa. Lawmakers Wrangle Over Budget, Some Education Programs In LimboPennsylvania lawmakers have spent months wrangling over the budget and the impact of the impasse is being felt statewide. The stalemate could have long-term effects on some of the state's most vulnerable: children.
New Philadelphia Pre-K Funding Commission May Be Decided By Voters This SpringCouncilwoman Jannie Blackwell says a permanent commission to promote enrollment -- and to better fund Pre-K -- is needed.
Older Kindergarten Students May Have Advantage In High School And CollegeA new study finds the oldest children in their kindergarten class are more likely to pass advanced placement tests in high school.
Pa. Lawmaker Pushes To Make Kindergarten Mandatory in Public SchoolsPennsylvania and New Jersey are among the six states that do not have a law requiring school districts to provide kindergarten for young students.
Study: Attending Pre-Kindergarten May Lead To Healthier Adult LifeResearchers suspect that the stability of five years of pre-K may have shielded the children against stress and health risks of growing up poor.
Arne Duncan's Mission: Sell The Preschool PlanFederal education secretary Arne Duncan is trying to convince governors to help fund his early-childhood plan, “Preschool for All.” It's a hard sell.
Help With Vital Preschool FundingWithin the last two years Pennsylvania’s budget cuts resulted in the loss of 10% of pre-k capacity at the School District of Philadelphia. Kids will pay now. Our society will pay later.
Extending Federal Funding For 4-Year-OldsPresident Obama, in his State of the Union address, listed as one of his priorities -- high quality preschool education for every child in the nation. The latest national data available show only 28 percent of 4-year-olds attending preschool.
Education Advocate Hopes To Prevent Pre-K Program Budget CutsQuality preschool for lower-income children hangs in the balance as the Pennsylvania budget is debated, and an advocate for it makes the case that this program benefits all of us.
Raising A Thinking ChildIn light of escalating violence and drug-abuse among the nation’s youth, it’s critical that we teach children skills that help them think about what they do so they won’t hurt themselves or others. One program is working.
Overhauling Early EducationThe PreK-3 movement is ambitious, with connecting objectives -- universal access to free public preschool, mandatory full day kindergarten and a seamless curriculum from PreK through third grade with increased parental involvement.