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Nonprofit Leaders Tout Benefits of High-Quality Preschool

Members of five nonprofit membership organizations have produced a video touting the benefits of high-quality preschool. The nonprofit organizations comprise the unique and powerful voices of business, retired military, law enforcement, faith, and sports. The groups are working together to ensure Michigan preschoolers have access to high-quality early childhood care and education proven to prepare individuals for success.

Council for a Strong America (2014, March 19). CSA: Preschool wise investment.
Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_qr5vhWpTk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

 

HANDS families say THANK YOU!

Families graduating from Kentucky’s HANDS voluntary home visiting program took a few minutes to say thank you! The program is available to families experiencing extra challenges during pregnancy and up to their child’s second birthday. Home visitors provide information, guidance and support as families work to provide a safe, stimulating and healthy start for their infants and toddlers – beginning steps for school readiness.  Provisions of Senate Bill 74, enacted in House Bill 366 by the 2013 legislature, will ensure state and federal funds spent on home visiting are used for programs that get results, are part of a system of care and do not duplicate other programs. Thanks to our policy makers for supporting HANDS and this legislation.

 

Dr. James Heckman on One To One with Bill Goodman, KET, (James Heckman, a Nobel Laureate and a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, discusses the economic gains to be realized by investing in early childhood education.)
Dr. James Heckman speaks to group in Louisville, KY, Oct. 24, 2012

Kentucky’s definition of kindergarten readiness, approved by the Early Childhood Advisory Council, offers a consistent picture of what children need for school success. It includes cognitive skills but also social and emotional skills, which many believe are as, if not more important than, knowing letters and numbers. This definition is intended to be used by child care, Head Start and pre-k teachers as well as parents as they work to help their children grow and develop in the years before kindergarten enrollment. Ready to Grow…Ready to Learn…Ready to Succeed. In Kentucky, school readiness means that each child enters school ready to engage in and benefit from early learning experiences that best promote the child’s success. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Families, early care and education providers, school staff and community partners must work together to provide environments and developmental experiences that promote growth and learning to ensure that all children in Kentucky enter school eager and excited to learn.​ For more information: http://kidsnow.ky.gov/School%20Readiness/Pages/default.aspx
Should We Screen Entering Kindergarten Students for Readiness?” Public Education & Reform Blog, Education Week, September, 2012
Kentucky’s Preschool Report Card,” The State of Preschool 2011, State Preschool Yearbook, National Institute for Early Education Research
3 Ways to Fix America’s Child Poverty Problem; One in five American Children suffers through extreme financial hardship. It Doesn’t have to be that way.” Bill Frist, The Week, February 2012
Guest Column: Invest in Early Childhood Brings About Great Rewards,” Rob Wiederstein, Henderson District Judge, courierpress.com, March 2012
Kindergarten Screening Vital,” Floyd County Times, August, 2012
Expand early-childhood education,” Lexington Herald Leader, March 2012
Home Visits: A Powerful Weapon Against Child Abuse,” Time Magazine, April, 2012
Not just playing: childcare centers, preschools, kindergartens work together to prepare students for success,” Richmond Register, March, 2012