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Pre-K/Child Care Collaboration Lauded
In a recently released report on Pre-K programs in Georgia, New Jersey, New York and Oklahoma, the United States Government Accounting Office (GAO) found that in implementing state funded Pre-K programs for 3 and 4 year olds, collaborations between state and local officials and community-based providers were beneficial. A number of advantages were cited...
- Officials in all four states reported that such collaborations allowed the states to serve more children.
- In New York, New Jersey and Georgia officials pointed out that by making extensive use of community providers their programs were able to expand quickly. In Oklahoma, where school districts have been experiencing declining enrollments, collaborations with community-based programs were less prevalent.
- In general, officials in all states reported that "collaborations allowed them to take advantage of the existing early care and education infrastructure, such as buildings, equipment, and assistant teachers, to increase program capacity and reduce program costs.
Child care providers in these states also reported favorable experiences with collaborations. According to the GAO report, ". . . providers mentioned increased enrollment, improved quality of programs, and increased access to school district resources as benefits of their partnerships."
Click here for the Ready for Success: Tools for Expanding Effective Early Childhood Education: A Companion to Five State Case Studies.
To access a copy of the complete September 2004 GAO report, go to:
Links to information about prekindergarten efforts in other states
Pre-K Now is a public education and advocacy organization that advances high-quality pre-kindergarten for all three and four-year-olds. Supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts and other funders and a project of the Institute for Educational Leadership, Pre-K Now:
- supports state-based children's advocates;
- educates policymakers about the need for pre-k; and
- raises public awareness about the need for pre-k for all children.
Education Commission of the States: State Pre-K Funding: 2014-15 fiscal year
Education Commission of the States is the trusted source for comprehensive knowledge and unbiased resources on education policy issues ranging from early learning through postsecondary education. For the third year in a row, both Republican and Democratic policymakers are making significant investments in state-funded pre-K programs. This analysis of 2014-15 appropriations by the 50 states and the District of Columbia summarizes prekindergarten legislation and funding for the past legislative year.
National Institute for Early Education Research (nieer.org)
The National Institute for Early Education Research supports early childhood education initiatives by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research. The goal of NIEER is to produce and communicate the knowledge base required to ensure that every American child can receive a good education at ages three and four. The Institute seeks to provide policy makers with timely information addressing the practical problems they face. The Institute offers independent research-based advice and technical assistance to four primary groups: policy makers, journalists, researchers, and educators. The link above will take you to the state standards database.