FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky House committee on Tuesday discussed potential ways to attract and retain more educators as lawmakers delved into the state's teacher shortage, a long-developing problem that officials say will take time to overcome.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The number of Maryland students eligible for free or reduced-price meals has risen surprisingly high, causing a $390 million increase on the cost of the state's sweeping education reform law in the next fiscal year, according to a recent state fiscal briefing.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is lagging behind in the “competition for talent” to lead its classrooms, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday in pushing for higher teacher pay as a way to overcome a shortage of educators.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii put forward a plan Tuesday to make preschool available to all 3- and 4-year-olds by 2032, which if successful would put the state in a rarified group of states managing to provide pre-kindergarten education to most of its children.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State investments are being buffeted by turbulent financial markets as New Mexico voters consider whether to divert more money each year toward early childhood education programs.
PHOENIX (AP) — Democrat Aaron Lieberman ended his campaign for Arizona governor Friday, saying there's no viable path to victory.
Lieberman, a former state lawmaker from Paradise Valley, struggled to gain traction against the Democratic front-runner, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who has built a national profile as a staunch defender of Arizona's election.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will add seven new early learning collaboratives in the coming school year to help better prepare 4-year-old preschool students for kindergarten.
The state Board of Education approved the new collaboratives Thursday, taking the total statewide from 23 to 30.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge to Santa Fe campaign disclosure requirements stemming from a failed city ballot initiative in 2017 to tax sugary beverages.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s child care department is sending millions to child care centers in an effort to keep them in business, awarding grants to pay for everything from salaries to rent.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden touted the Biden administration’s interest in the concerns of the Hispanic community during a visit Tuesday to a school in Kansas City, Kansas.
Biden's visit to El Centro Academy, a dual-language early childhood education program, was part of a national tour during National Hispanic Heritage Month.
MILFORD, Mass. (AP) — Doug Emhoff, the spouse of Vice President Kamala Harris, visited a Massachusetts preschool on Monday to promote the Biden administration's plan to invest billions of dollars in early childhood education and ease financial pressures on working parents.
PALISADES PARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey will institute universal pre-kindergarten across the state for all 3- and 4-year-olds, Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday.
Murphy, a Democrat running for reelection this year, has increased state funding for pre-K since he took office in 2018 by 35%, but the pledge Thursday will expand the availability of early childhood education.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials responsible for early childhood education in New Mexico say that prekindergarten teachers deserve the same salaries as teachers of older students, and they’re willing to pay for it.
PHOENIX (AP) — Rep. Aaron Lieberman announced Tuesday he's running for Arizona governor, becoming the third major Democrat to seek the state's highest office.
The Paradise Valley lawmaker founded two organizations focused on early childhood education before being elected to the Legislature in 2018.
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) —
As Megan Garman’s due date approached, she began making calls to several child care centers in the Johnstown area to get her daughter enrolled, but found herself signing up for waiting list after waiting list.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández told a crowd of educators and parents on Friday that she wants federal help to cap child care costs and raise pay for child care workers.
HAYLE, England (AP) — U.S. first lady Jill Biden and the Duchess of Cambridge learned about bunny care Friday on a joint outing to a preschool in southwest England.
They also took part in a talk about the role of early childhood education in life outcomes with experts from the U.K.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Already flush with federal cash, Louisiana's budget picture brightened again Tuesday, with the state's income forecasting panel estimating $677 million in tax collections above expectations should flow into the treasury over the next 14 months.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials are rolling out a new platform that will track progress among preschool children to better prepare them for kindergarten and make it easier for parents to keep tabs...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly 30 groups will share more that $93 million in grants from the Lilly Endowment aimed at boosting the financial security of poor Indianapolis residents...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A decision by Idaho lawmakers to reject a $6 million federal grant to improve early childhood education — and comments from one lawmaker who said mothers belong at home — raised the ire of women across the state.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Three students at the University of Wyoming were killed in a car accident on U...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s child welfare agencies on Thursday will jockey with other state departments for slim funding as they present their spending requests to state lawmakers to continue funding childcare and child protection efforts...
DENVER (AP) — Denver Public Schools will go to fully remote learning for all grades for the rest of the semester as the coronavirus surges, the district announced Wednesday.
Remote learning will begin for more than 90,000 students in Colorado's largest school district on Monday and run through the end of winter break.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Any efforts in New Mexico to build a successful early childhood education system will depend on the state’s ability to prevent child neglect and abuse, members of a task force on child well-being told state lawmakers Thursday...
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Lilly Endowment is providing a $15.7 million grant to Indiana's largest early childhood education nonprofit to reinforce child care opportunities, especially for vulnerable children, amid the coronavirus outbreak.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham urged legislators to legalize recreational marijuana, underwrite tuition-free college for local residents and boost spending on early childhood education amid efforts to improve economic opportunity in a state with the highest rate of poverty in the American West...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials say drivers have been following and harassing buses transporting the children of seasonal and migrant farmworkers for early childhood education programs in Idaho...
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Just days after the Senate Education Committee drastically pared down a bill to create a new early childhood education department — stripping much of its oversight of programs for young children — the bill’s sponsor, Sen.
How many officials are in the governor’s Cabinet?
For years, some lawmakers and others in government have wondered if the real answer is: too many.
With 23 departments around the table, the governor of New Mexico has a bigger Cabinet than most of her peers, according to data compiled by the Council of State Governments.
STAMFORD — A year-and-a-half after a fire shut down its preschool, the Italian Center has opened a new and expanded early childhood education facility.
The Education Station opened this month, offering a year-round, extended-day program for up to 84 students.
In this election year, we are hearing a lot of debate on issues like state budget structural deficits, rising costs of social services, workforce skills gap, cost of education -- the list goes on and on.
ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that Governor’s Office of Student Achievement Executive Director Martha Ann Todd will serve as Deputy Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia following the appointment of Matt Arthur as TCSG Commissioner.
A $50 million initiative to improve early childhood education services in Detroit will kick into high gear in the next 12 months as leaders focus efforts on addressing the city's massive shortage of spots for children while expanding existing centers.
West Shore Community College’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) program has been awarded accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The accreditation signifies the college demonstrates it adheres to national professional standards for early childhood teacher education.
The experiences a child has before age 5 have a tremendous impact on lifelong success. Yet here in Stamford, our youngest citizens — who will ultimately determine our future — are not being treated as a priority.
GREENWICH — Thursday offered a perfect day for an outdoor ceremony when 60 youngsters enrolled in the Family Centers’ preschool program at Armstrong Court donned mortarboards for their processional.
On Sunday, Katie Zobell will load her 23-month-old daughter Paige onto an airplane and fly across the country to speak to lawmakers in Washington, D.C.
Zobell, her daughter and husband are one of 50 families – one from each state – addressing lawmakers on Tuesday.
GREENWICH — At the four preschools in town operated by Family Centers, it’s always the week of the young child.
This week, they’re just making it official.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children has declared this to be The Week of the Young Child, and Family Centers has joined in with special programs to focus attention on early childhood education.
Roman Catholic Archbishop John C. Wester belatedly plunged into the debate on the city of Santa Fe’s proposal to tax sugary drinks, endorsing the measure Wednesday only hours after news that one of his prominent priests had urged people to vote it down.
Santa Fe’s special election on whether to tax sugary beverages has produced a campaign that is ugly and inspiring, all at once.
Perhaps not since poll taxes died a well-deserved death in 1966 has morality been mentioned so often regarding an election.
The political battle over the city’s proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages to fund an expansion of early childhood education has created a division in the community, with proponents touting the benefits of prekindergarten and casting support for the measure as a moral issue, and opponents saying there are better ways to fund such programs for kids than a tax that would place the heaviest burden on those who can least afford it.
AUSTIN — With state lawmakers fighting over funding for early childhood education, one official headed straight for the classroom.
Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius stopped by the Austin Community Learning Center on Wednesday to tour the facilities and interact with staff and students on how pre-K programs affect them.
Do you believe in education? Do you believe in social justice? Do you believe little kiddos should have access to a quality pre-K education? Those are the three questions I ask students and professors at Santa Fe Community College.
On May 2, Santa Fe voters will cast ballots to approve or deny a 2-cents-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages ranging from Cokes to bottled Frappuccinos to raise funds for early childhood education programs.
The campaign manager for a group backing a proposed tax on sugary beverages in Santa Fe said Wednesday it was an oversight to distribute a flier without identifying who was responsible for the handout.
In a late-night surprise Wednesday in the House of Representatives, Rep. Jim Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, who has missed most of the legislative session because of a heart operation, showed up to help pass a proposed constitutional amendment that would take an extra one percent of interest earnings from New Mexico’s $20 billion land grant permanent fund to help pay for early childhood education.
A story on Page A-1 in the Saturday, March 4, 2017, edition about a proposed constitutional amendment that would use money from the state’s land grant endowment to expand early childhood education reported an incorrect and low estimate of $112 million for the amount of money that would be taken from the fund.