Tag: early childhood education

House Bill 911 would allow young foster and out-of-home care children to use scholarship dollars to participate in early learning programs

The following bill has been filed for the 2022 Florida legislative session, which begins Jan. 11 and runs through March 11. BILL NO: HB 911 TITLE: Early Learning Scholarship Program SPONSOR: Rep. Rick Roth, R — Palm Beach Gardens WHAT IT WOULD DO: Allow children who are or were in[Read More…]

Commentary: Washington is coming to micromanage your preschool, giving you fewer options

Presidents should resist the urge to rewrite the dictionary. Such powers are not in the Constitution. Yet, President Joe Biden seems bound and determined to treat language in the style of Lewis Carroll’s Humpty Dumpty: “When I use a word, … it means just what I choose it to mean—nothing[Read More…]

Faith leaders: Build Back Better bill could exclude children from childcare, early learning programs

While leaders of some religious organizations that provide childcare and prekindergarten believe their students could benefit from President Joe Biden’s $1.85 trillion Build Back Better bill, they worry that a nondiscrimination provision in the social policy bill could disqualify children who utilize their programs from such benefits. The United States[Read More…]

HB 3, HB 419 geared to giving Florida children a jump start on education

Included in an array of legislative proposals aimed at improving educational outcomes for Florida’s students are two that focus on early childhood learning and literacy. On Tuesday, the House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee approved legislation to establish a statewide program to deliver free books to elementary-school students identified as struggling readers.[Read More…]

Can preschoolers learn virtually? In a Denver pilot program, some kids ‘can’t wait to log in’

Editor’s note: This post by Chandra Thomas Whitfield published earlier this month on Chalkbeat. Sara Mohamed and her husband had intended to enroll their 4-year-old son in in-person preschool at Holm Elementary, a nearby Denver public school, but as COVID-19 infection rates soared through the fall in Colorado, they had[Read More…]

Teach Florida partnership positions Miami Beach as state’s first city to subsidize pre-kindergarten

Known as paradise for the uber rich, Miami Beach has become the first city in Florida to provide enhanced pre-kindergarten services to its youngest residents. City commissioners during the summer quietly approved a $250,000 yearlong pilot program that would provide scholarships to supplement the state-funded voluntary pre-kindergarten program for Miami[Read More…]