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From the ECS State Policy Database: P-3 Preschool - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

State Pre-K Funding -- 2013-14 Fiscal Year PDF - For the second year in a row, even in the midst of continuing state budget constraints, policymakers are making significant investments in state-funded pre-K programs. (Bruce Atchison, Emily Workman, Michael Griffith, ECS, January 2014)...

State Pre-K Funding: 2012-13 School Year PDF - The Education Commission of the States reviewed policies across all 50 states to determine 2012-13 state expenditures on pre-K programs serving 4-year-olds. The goal of this analysis was to determine how state commitment to pre-K programs serving 4-year-olds fared during a flat budget year. Findings indicate that while 26 states cut K-12 funding in 2012-13, state funding for pre-K programs serving 4-year-olds increased by 3.6%. With increasing awareness of the impact quality early learning has on 3rd –grade reading proficiency, many states are preserving or even boosting their funding for pre-K. (Mike Griffith, ECS, April 2013)...

QRIS and Inclusion: Do State QRIS Standards Support the Learning Needs of All Children? - A review of which states accommodate children with special needs in their quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), this brief highlights states with exceptional inclusionary practices. (Michelle Horowitz and Jim Squires, Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes, November 2014)...

Indiana Early Learning Advisory Committee: A Summary Report of the Early Learning Advisory Committee's Work and Recommendations to the Governor and Legislative Council - Indiana is one of the few states in the country with no state-supported preschool. In an effort to address the problem, an Early Learning Advisory Committee was formed in 2013 and this is the committee's first report. Among their findings: 67 percent of Indiana's children require care because their parents work and half of Hoosier families have incomes that make paying for care a significant burden. Even if they could afford it, capacity of high quality care is limited. (Amanda Lopez, Indiana Early Learning Advisory Committee, June 2014) ...

The State of Preschool 2011 - The 2011 State Preschool Yearbook is the newest edition of NIEER's annual report profiling state-funded prekindergarten programs in the United States. This latest Yearbook presents data on state-funded prekindergarten during the 2010-2011 school year as well as documenting a decade of progress since the first Yearbook collected data on the 2001-2002 school year. (National Institute for Early Education Research, April 2012)...

Hawai'i P-3 Initiative: Findings from the First Year of the Evaluation - Recent efforts to improve K–12 educational outcomes have had mixed success. One possible reason is that many students entering kindergarten lack the basic skills to succeed in school. In 2007, with support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Hawai'i launched its P–3 initiative, the early childhood component of the state's P–20 work. This report of the first year of RAND's multiyear evaluation of the P–3 initiative examined plans, activities, and policy in two demonstration sites and at the P–20 level. (The RAND Corporation, June 2011)...

Steps Taken to Improve the VPK (Voluntary Prekindergarten Education) Program; Additional Actions Needed to Increase Program Accountability - The Department of Education has taken steps to address several accountability issues identified in their 2008 report on the program. The department has increased data on screening requirements given to providers, improved data record matching, and improved the timeliness of the release of provider readiness ratings. However, the department should take added steps to strengthen program accountability by annually reporting the percentage of kindergarten students who meet all state readiness measures and by including this percentage in its provider rating methodology. (OPPAGA, November 2010)...

Engaged Families, Effective Pre-K: State Policies that Bolster Student Success - Family members are a child’s first and most important teachers. This Pre-K Now report identifies policies that can enhance family engagement in state pre-k and highlights examples from states that are leading the way. (Deborah Roderick Stark, Pew Center on the States, June 2010)...

Leadership Matters 2010 - The 2010 edition of Leadership Matters is only available as an electronic version, allowing great interactive features. In spite of widespread fiscal distress in the states, the Fiscal Year 2011 budget proposals from the nation's governors and the mayor of the District of Columbia keep overall state funding for pre-kindergarten near the previous year's levels. The governor's proposals ranged widely from significant expansion in Alabama to elimination in Arizona. (Pre-K Now, Pew Center on the States, May 2010)...

Assessing the Effectiveness of Tennessee's Pre-Kindergarten Program: Annual Report 2008-2009 - The primary objective of this project is to assess whether children who attended the state-funded pre-kindergarten program perform better academically in the short and long term than a comparable group of peers who had not attended state-funded pre-kindergarten programs. (Strategic Research Group, October 2009)...

Votes Count: Legislative Action on Pre-K, Fiscal Year 2009 - For fiscal year 2009, 32 state legislatures and the Council of the District of Columbia acted to increase their investments in high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten programs even in the face of declining revenues and rising deficits. These increases will bring total state pre-kindergarten funding to a record $5.2 billion nationally and provide opportunities to roughly 46,000 additional children across the country. (Jennifer Doctors, Pre-K Now, September 2009)...

Leadership Matters: Governors' Pre-K Proposals - Fiscal Year 2010 - This non-partisan annual report evaluates budget proposals for the next year and governors' remarks in recent state of the state addresses to determine which leaders count voluntary, high quality pre-kindergarten among their top education and economic development strategies. The findings underscore a growing interest among federal and state policymakers in targeting limited public resources to effective programs backed by research. (Jennifer Doctors, Pre-K Now, Pew Center on the States, May 2009)...

State of Preschool 2009 - Sixth in a series of annual reports profiling state-funded prekindergarten programs in the United States. This latest yearbook presents data on state-funded programs during the 2007-2008 school year. The first annual report established a baseline which is now used to measure progress over seven years. (Steven Barnett, Dale Epstein, Allison Friedman, Judi Stevenson-Boyd and Jason Hustedt, National Institute for Early Education Research, 2008)...

Votes Count: Legislative Action on Pre-K, Fiscal Year 2009 - At the beginning of 2008, seven states (Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, New York, Oklahoma and West Virginia) were already providing or were phasing in voluntary pre-kindergarten for all children. In Fiscal Year 2009, Louisiana and the District of Columbia both passed legislation to group this group. (Jennifer Doctors, pre[k]now, September 2008)...

Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning - Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning is the state agency responsible for overseeing child care and educational services for Georgia's children ages birth through five and their families and for administering nutrition programs for children and adults....

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