Massachusetts Towns Looking for Early Education Support

Framingham, Massachusetts' B.L.O.C.K.S. preschool program is in many ways the "front line" of education, says director Rosario Alvarez-O'Neil. "We're able to figure out what we need to do with each child," she said, giving those students a critical head start once they reach grade school. But up until now, the state's early childhood education infrastructure has been underfunded compared to the K12 system, preschool advocates say.

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Capitalists for Preschool

In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for making preschool available to every 4-year-old in America, opening a welcome discussion on whether and how to make the investments needed to realize this vision.

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Few States Look to Extend Preschool to All 4-Year-Olds

President Obama’s call in his State of the Union address to “make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America” rallied advocates across the country who have long argued that inequity in education begins at a very young age. While supporters herald the plan as a way to help level the playing field for children who do not have the advantages of daily bedtime stories, music lessons and counting games at home, critics argue that providing universal preschool could result in federal money being squandered on ineffective programs.

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The Secret to Fixing Bad Schools

What would it really take to give students a first-rate education?

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Mich. Ed Agency Proposes Rebooting Schools

Teachers union leaders are calling for creating a preschool through community college system, expanded use of blended learning and year-round programs for at-risk students as part of a plan to reboot Michigan’s school funding system.

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Is Higher Education Out of Reach for Your Kids?

My daughter is 3 and tells me she wants to be a doctor. ... I realize that it’s a long road between preschool and med school. But I love the idea of her professional achievements surpassing mine and my husband’s (and having a doctor in the family in my golden years).

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Michigan Public Schools To Take Common Education Approach

A coalition of business leaders says Michigan’s economic future depends on preschool accessibility for children at risk.

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