early childhood education

Hudson Valley News
2:54 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Museum In Dutchess Receives Early Childhood Education Funding

Credit Courtesy of Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

A project for early childhood education involves a museum in the Hudson Valley.

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1:01 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Petition Calls For Testing Ban For State’s Youngest Students

Education advocates across New York are calling for a ban on standardized testing in pre-K through second grade.

Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, kicked off a Thursday conference call to launch a  statewide petition drive to stop expansion of standardized tests in children’s early years.

The petition comes as the union continues to call for a three-year moratorium on using tests aligned to the rigorous Common Core standards for “high stakes” decisions affecting teachers and students.

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3:26 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Report: Educators Must Target Kids' First Eight Years

Credit © 2013 The Annie E. Casey Foundation

A new report released Monday says investing in the first eight years of a child's life pays big dividends, and that’s especially true for New York kids 8 and younger who come from low-income families.

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New York News
3:05 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

New Plan for Universal Full-Day Pre-K in NYS

At a time when debate over the Common Core is front and center, pro-education groups are out with a new plan offering a roadmap for full-day universal prekindergarten in New York State.

The Center for Children’s Initiatives and the Campaign for Educational Equity have unveiled a statewide plan that offers a financial strategy that recognizes pre-K as an essential educational service, while providing a plan to phase in pre-K to the state's 3- and 4-year-olds over the next eight years.

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New York News
3:58 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Rep. Tonko Tours Schenectady Head Start Program To View Impact Of Sequester

Congressman Paul Tonko visits with students and staff at Parsons Child & Family Center's Early Head Start program.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

New York Congressman Paul Tonko visited a Head Start Program in Schenectady today to draw attention to the effects of sequestration on community services.

Congressman Tonko visited Parsons Child & Family Center’s Early Head Start program in Schenectady, which serves families with children up to 3 years living at or below the federal poverty level.

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Capital Region News
12:23 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

U.S. Rep. Pushing Education, Early Education Initiatives

Congressman Paul Tonko reads to pre-K students in Albany, June 2013.
Credit Dave Lucas / WAMC

As another school year comes to a close, education and education funding remain among the top concerns for parents, teachers and public officials.

President Barack Obama's “Early Learning Days of Action” initiative was highlighted in New York last week as Congressman Paul Tonko read to 16 children enrolled in what's called "The Butterfly Class" at Albany Head Start. The pre-K students were delighted with Tonko's chosen work: "Welcome To Kindergarten" by Anne Rockwell.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Former Mass. Early Ed. Commissioner Clears State Review Over Outside Internship

BOSTON (AP) — A state review has found no "serious wrongdoing" by former early education commissioner Sherri Killins, who participated in an internship outside of her state job.

But Education Secretary Matt Malone says some administrative procedures apparently were not followed.

Killins stepped down from her post earlier this week amid questions about whether her participation in the school superintendent training program, which required her to spend 300 hours in the town of Ware, was distracting from her ability to perform her nearly $200,000-a-year state job.

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New England News
5:19 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Massachusetts Legislators Hear Plea For Education Spending

Members of the Massachusetts Legislature Joint Committee on Ways and Means hold a hearing on education spending at Greenfield Community College
Credit WAMC

Members of the Massachusetts Legislature have begun a series of public hearings on Governor Deval Patrick’s $34.8 billion dollar budget proposal.  A hearing, run by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Ways and Means was held at Greenfield Community College on Tuesday. The focus of the session was on education and local aid. 

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