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Gubernatorial Candidate Pushes To Expand Preschool As Nationwide Enrollment Dips

Barnaby Wasson / Flickr Cuyahoga County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald says he wants to make universal preschool one of his top campaign priorities. Pending he defeats Governor John Kasich this fall, FitzGerald says his Pre-K All the Way plan calls for legislation to fund preschool for all Ohio three and four-year-olds beginning in [...]

Less Than 2 Percent of Ohio Children Enrolled in State-Funded Preschool

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Ken Colwell / Flickr “Early education is one of the few school reforms — if not the only one — with extensive research showing its value in academic, social and other ways,” Washington Post columnist Valerie Strauss says. And yet, as we reported last month, Ohio continues to fall short on providing state-funded, high-quality preschool. [...]

Ten Ohio Head Start Programs Must Compete for Federal Funds

For the first time, Head Start programs in Ohio and nationwide that have fallen short of federal standards must compete for funding. For the past 48 years, the programs had received the funds automatically, Education Week reports. Ten Ohio Head Start programs must reapply for funding, and there’s no guarantee that they’ll receive it. Only one [...]

Ohio Continues to Fall Short on Providing High-Quality Preschool

Researchers and politicians on both sides of the aisle agree: good pre-kindergarten programs are essential for success in school, particularly for low income children. But for the second year in a row, state funding for pre-K has dropped nationwide. And in Ohio, the cuts have been particularly deep. StateImpact Ohio’s Molly Bloom reports.

Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Awards Show Success of Pre-K Agenda

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D Sharon Pruitt / Flickr When federal officials announced the award of $500 million to nine states to improve early childhood education, the rhetoric was the kind perhaps more often heard at a chamber of commerce than a pre-school: “How can our children compete for the jobs of tomorrow is they’re already behind by the [...]

Kasich’s Race to the Top Application Asks for $70 Million for Better Pre-K Programs

Saint Francis Academy / Flickr Ohio has submitted its application for a $70 million share of federal funds intended to help states provide more and better pre-school, particularly for “high-needs” children. (Scroll down to read the full application.) In this case, high-needs means children who are from low-income families, are English language learners, or who [...]

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