pre-k http://wrkf.org en Behind The Test: Louisiana Grapples With How To 'Test' Its Youngest Learners http://wrkf.org/post/behind-test-louisiana-grapples-how-test-its-youngest-learners <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="The babies at New Orleans&#039; Kids of Excellence child care center sit down for meal time." data-attribution="Credit Sarah Carr / WWNO" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wwno/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201405/kids_of_excellence1.jpg" alt="" /><p>As the stakes grow higher for standardized tests, so too does the desire to test more students — including younger and younger ones. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 10:23:00 +0000 editor 26721 at http://wrkf.org Behind The Test: Louisiana Grapples With How To 'Test' Its Youngest Learners State Spots In Preschool Declining, Report Finds http://wrkf.org/post/state-spots-preschool-declining-report-finds Public preschool enrollment fell slightly last year, according to a <a href="http://nieer.org/publications/state-preschool-2013">report released today</a> by researchers at Rutgers University.<p>About 9,000 fewer children attended public pre-K programs in 2013 than in 2012, the report from the university's <a href="http://nieer.org/publications/state-preschool-2013">National Institute for Early Education Research </a>says. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 26532 at http://wrkf.org State Spots In Preschool Declining, Report Finds In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents http://wrkf.org/post/tulsa-combining-preschool-help-parents At preschools in Tulsa, Okla., teachers are well-educated and well-paid, and classrooms are focused on play, but are still challenging. One nonprofit in Tulsa, the Community Action Project, has flipped the script on preschool. The idea behind its Career Advance program is simple: To help kids, the group believes, you often have to help their parents.<p>The program combines Head Start for children with intensive training for their parents, designed to help them find well-paying jobs. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:23:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 25591 at http://wrkf.org In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents What Exactly Is 'High-Quality' Preschool? http://wrkf.org/post/what-exactly-high-quality-preschool <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbWRWeVe1XE</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 25537 at http://wrkf.org What Exactly Is 'High-Quality' Preschool? Boston Finds That Quality Preschool Is Worth The Effort http://wrkf.org/post/boston-finds-quality-preschool-worth-effort It's a Wednesday morning at the Eliot K-8 Innovation School. Teacher Jodi Doyle is working with a small group of preschool students interested in domes.<p>"What do you think the difference is between a dome and an arch?" she asks.<p>The lesson doesn't go exactly as planned. Doyle wants the kids to build their domes with wire, but she wants the children to come up with that idea themselves. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:32:00 +0000 editor 25143 at http://wrkf.org Boston Finds That Quality Preschool Is Worth The Effort Pre-K: Politics and Poverty http://wrkf.org/post/pre-k-politics-and-poverty <p>In his <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/state-of-the-union-2013-president-barack-obamas-speech-transcript-text-87550_Page7.html" target="_blank">State of the Union address</a>, President Obama called for universal pre-K.<br><br>The President singled out Georgia and Oklahoma as states that have already made pre-K a priority.</p><p>Louisiana should also be ahead of the curve.</p><p>The state enacted a universal pre-K promise in 2008. Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, LA-4 classes are supposed to be provided at no cost to every eligible child.</p><p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:13:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 7868 at http://wrkf.org Pre-K: Politics and Poverty Pre-K Access: Good Program, Few Spots http://wrkf.org/post/pre-k-access-good-program-few-spots <p>When it comes to enrollment rates, neither the South nor the U.S. is anywhere near “universal Pre-K.” Only eight states provide it to more than half their four-year-olds. Georgia is one of them. Louisiana enacted legislation in 2008 promising to provide pre-K to every eligible child through the state-run LA-4 program starting with the 2013-14 school year.</p><p>Alabama's state-funded pre-K program has been <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/education/early-education-far-short-of-goal-in-obama-speech.html?ref=todayspaper&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">recognized as one of the country's best</a>. But as the <a href="http://www.southerneddesk.org/?cat=1543" target="_blank">Southern Education Desk's</a> Dan Carsen reports, just six percent of eligible kids are enrolled.</p><p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:25:00 +0000 Dan Carsen 7812 at http://wrkf.org Pre-K Access: Good Program, Few Spots Expert Says Letter Grades Could Threaten Pre-K Education http://wrkf.org/post/expert-says-letter-grades-could-threaten-pre-k-education <p><span class="BodyCopy">The full house will consider a bill Monday that would overhaul early education in Louisiana. The bill, part of Gov. Bobby Jindal's education reform package, would challenge child care centers to prove that very young children are learning.</span></p><p class="BodyCopy BodyCopy BodyCopy">WRKF's Tegan Wendland talked with Renee Casbergue, interim assistant dean of Education at LSU and a specialist in early childhood education, about the proposed legislation, which she says is being overshadowed by the governor's bids to change how teachers get tenure and support private school vouchers.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Tegan Wendland 2611 at http://wrkf.org Expert Says Letter Grades Could Threaten Pre-K Education