Latest Early childhood education News

Schools across US brace for surge of kindergartners in fall

Jun. 13, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

School districts across the United States are hiring additional teachers in anticipation of what will be one of the largest kindergarten classes ever as enrollment rebounds following the coronavirus pandemic. As they await the arrival next fall of students who sat out...

The Latest: WHO chief says vaccine need outstrips G7 pledges

Jun. 12, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

The Latest on the Group of Seven nations meeting being held in England: FALMOUTH, England — The head of the World Health Organization has welcomed the vaccine-sharing announcements coming out of the Group of Seven summit but says “we need more, and we need them...

New Mexico congresswoman joins Biden's pre-K investment push

Jun. 11, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

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. The Democrat toured a pre-K Santa Fe school in her home...

Message in a jacket: Jill Biden offers 'love' during UK trip

Jun. 10, 2021 23:56 PM EDT

CARBIS BAY, England (AP) — Jill Biden is sending a sartorial message of “love” as she accompanies her husband President Joe Biden overseas. The first lady wore a black jacket with the word “love” outlined on the back in silver beading as she and the president...

Lawmakers decide kindergarten will be mandatory in Louisiana

Jun. 09, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — All 5-year-old children in Louisiana should receive a kindergarten education, lawmakers decided Wednesday. With one day remaining in the legislative session, lawmakers sent the measure by Sen. Cleo Fields, a Baton Rouge Democrat, to the...

Whitmer: Expand preschool to 22,000 4-year-olds in Michigan

Jun. 08, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday proposed expanding government-funded preschool to 22,000 eligible but unenrolled 4-year-olds in Michigan, saying too many cannot access an “incredible opportunity” because of inadequate funding. The...

US education secretary visits to promote preschool plan

May. 20, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

CARY, N.C. (AP) — Joe Biden's education secretary visited a North Carolina child care center on Thursday to promote the president's proposal to offer free preschool to all 3- and 4-year-olds. Secretary Miguel Cardona toured the Bright Beginnings Child Development...

La. income forecast grows, giving lawmakers more to spend

May. 18, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

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. ...

California governor proposes public school 'transformation'

May. 12, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a “total transformation” of public schools in America’s largest state Wednesday by offering pre-kindergarten to all 4-year-olds, opening up college savings accounts for low-income students and offering universal...

New Mexico invests in prekindergarten literacy software

May. 10, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

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. School, state, and legislative officials trained teachers on...