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The Plight of Pre-K Funding

Myles! / Flickr Eighteen states will be tapping into more than $250 million of federal preschool grants–but despite trying, the Buckeye State won’t be one of them.

HUD Secretary Says Cleveland Preschools “Get It.”

Kids at outdoor play at Bingham Early Learning Center in Cleveland.

urycki Kids at outdoor play at Bingham Early Learning Center in Cleveland. In his last two State of the Union speeches President Obama called on Congress to fund high quality pre-school for every 4 year-old.   Congress has mostly ignored his request but two administration officials went looking for a city that does offer good pre-school [...]

Some Background on Ohio’s Pre-K Spending

msr / Flickr Last week, Cuyahoga County Executive and governor candidate hopeful Ed FitzGerald announced a plan to roll out universal preschool education if he’s elected this fall. The concept of pre-k for all is an idea that educators largely believe pays off in setting kids up for success in kindergarten and beyond. Ohio already [...]

Cleveland Push for Universal Preschool Goes Beyond the School District

Think you know the best way to design preschool programs for Cleveland kids? Your ideas are welcome for the task force of school, city, and business leaders trying to expand access to preschool programs around Cleveland. Their work stems from an element of the Cleveland Plan, the broad strategy Cleveland Schools officials developed to boost academic achievement. [...]

Core Questions: Did Early Childhood Teachers Have Any Input on the Common Core?

StateIm­pact is answering reader-submitted questions about the Common Core, a new set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math and English at each grade level. Ohio is one of 45 states that have fully adopted the Common Core. Today, we answer a Core Question from an audience member at the WVIZ/PBS ideastream Education panel discussion on the Common [...]

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

preK enrollment and spending graph

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. [...]

Why a Third Grade Reading Guarantee on Its Own Won’t Help Ohio Children


Sarah Gilbert / Flickr Gov. John Kasich wants schools to make sure students can read by the time they leave third grade, but says schools should do that without new state funding. He’s calling it a third-grade reading guarantee. But the researcher who wrote a report the Kasich administration cites in support of the proposal [...]

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.

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