Latest Early childhood education News

New Mexico awards $157M in grants to child care providers

Oct. 20, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

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. The state Early Childhood Education and Care Department announced...

Alabama library system joins 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Oct. 17, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama library system has joined a program aimed at getting parents to read often to their preschool children. WSFA-TV reports that the Montgomery City-County Public Library System scheduled a kickoff event Monday morning for the “1,000...

First lady Jill Biden visits Kansas City, Kansas school

Oct. 12, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

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...

Democratic governor juggles energy priorities in oil region

Oct. 01, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Democratic governor is balancing competing pressures from environmental activists and the fossil fuel industry as she seeks reelection in 2022 in a major region for oil production. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham returns to the podium for...

Biden plan seeks to expand education, from pre-K to college

Sep. 27, 2021 05:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Democrats push ahead with President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan, they’re promising historic investments across the arc of an education — from early childhood to college and beyond — in what advocates describe as the most comprehensive package of...

Lawmaker seeks permanent funding for full-day kindergarten

Sep. 21, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers voted this year to pump considerably more state money into full-day kindergarten, but the extra spending was limited to just one school year. Now a Republican legislator wants to turn that one-time support into a permanent commitment. ...

Emhoff touts Biden's infrastructure plan in preschool visit

Sep. 20, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

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. ...

Murphy promises expansion to universal pre-K in New Jersey

Sep. 16, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

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...

New Mexico offers pay bump to prekindergarten teachers

Sep. 10, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

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. Preschool teachers not licensed for special...

New state division focuses on supporting early childhood

Aug. 05, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Department of Human Services has launched a new division that focuses on early childhood. The Early Childhood Division will align programs and resources dealing with early childhood experience and child care, officials said. ...