early education

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The U.S. Department of Education has announced $226 million in funding to 34 states to increase access to high-quality preschool programs. States in our region will benefit from those federal dollars.

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A universal pre-kindergarten bill signed into law this year in Vermont is being delayed until the 2016-2017 school year.

Expanding access to preschool and early learning has been a priority for educators and policy makers recently, and with good reason. Research has shown that the earlier students are exposed to a group learning experience the better they do later in their education. Now, the feds are offering states money to step up their game.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll hear about a new, Race To the Top like competition among state for early learning grants.

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Governor Peter Shumlin has signed into law a bill calling for every 3- and 4-year-old in Vermont to have access to at least 10 hours a week of publicly funded, pre-kindergarten education.

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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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Monday’s ceremony marked the installation of the Born Learning Trail, a series of signs along a pathway through a playground at Springside Park in Pittsfield, aimed young children and their families to encourage outdoor activity and reading.

The Born Learning Trail comes from efforts by Pittsfield Promise, a city-wide coalition that is working through a variety of projects with a goal of boosting  reading proficiency levels among Pittsfield third-graders to 90 percent by 2020.