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Public News Service - PA: Early Childhood Education

American Education Week is a celebration of the teachers and support professionals who make public schools work.  (WavebreakmediaMicro/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – This is the start of the 98th annual American Education Week, a time to celebrate the achievements of public education and acknowledge the contributions of all those who make a difference in students' lives. It's a week when teachers, parents and support professionals are r

Children who attend high quality pre-k are better prepared for kindergarten and make smoother transitions to elementary school, according to a new report. (liderina/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – More than 90% of Pennsylvania kindergarten teachers agree that high quality pre-k prepares children for school success, according to a new report. The Pre-K for PA campaign and the Pennsylvania State Education Association surveyed kindergarten teachers about the value that

Advocates for public schools in Pennsylvania say there's no data to show whether students receiving vouchers have improved academic outcomes. (smolaw11/AdobeStock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Expanding tax credits for private-school tuition will benefit the rich at the expense of public education, according to public-school advocates in the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania House Education Committee this week voted to approve a $100 million increase for the Educati

Pennsylvania's Early Intervention Services can help identify and overcome learning problems before children start preschool, but not all parents are aware of the program. (rbalouria/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – Pennsylvania children at risk of falling behind their peers in preschool and kindergarten can get help to prepare them for school. Early childhood education can give children a huge boost, educators say, but those with physical or developmental disabilities, who are homeless o

Nearly one of every six Pennsylvania children is at risk of being overlooked as people are counted for the 2020 Census. (Bess-Hamiti/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The latest figures on the well-being of children show Pennsylvania ranks 17th in the nation, but children's advocates fear trouble ahead. In the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book, the Keystone State showed improvement in eight of 16 categories covering ec

Poll results show Pennsylvanians recognize the importance of early childhood education. (dagon_/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – As the legislature returns to hammer out a state budget, a new poll shows a sizable majority of voters are willing to pay more taxes to support publicly funded pre-K programs. The statewide poll, commissioned by the Pre-K for PA campaign, found that three out of four voters

Pennsylvania ranks 18th out of 30 states with publicly funded pre-K. (Floridanana/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Investing in pre-K is investing in a strong future for Pennsylvania, according to a new report from Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. The study says the Keystone State ranks 18th out of 30 states that put state money into quality pre-K programs. While neighboring New

A new report says greater investment in high-quality, publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs would help ensure children's later school success. (26057/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - There are wide and persistent disparities in opportunities for African-American and Latino children in Pennsylvania, according to a new report. The 2017 "Race for Results" report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that white children in Pennsylvania ranked 20th in an index b

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