“According to the plan, Obama is proposing a cost partnership with all fifty states for all four-year olds from families at or below 200 percent of poverty,”
Does this new program for children have any chance of passing at this time given the current gridlock in Congress and the possibility of a government shutdown?
The public may ask how Universal Pre-K differs from the 50-year-old Headstart program. I am baffled by some recently publicized research which shows that gains made by children in Headstart programs dissipate by the time the children are in third grade.
Who did the research and what did they actually study? If Headstart isn’t getting high marks, will Congress come together to fund Universal Pre-K?
What will Universal Pre-K cost? The exact cost will be detailed in Obama’s budget to be released soon.
The White House released data on how sequestration would impact educational programs in each state. In Massachusetts, where I live, the Boston Globe reported that sequestration would eliminate Headstart and Early Headstart services for approximately 1,100 children statewide. I’d be interested in the total costs nationwide. What would sequestration do to a Universal Pre-K program?
There are many questions that need to be asked and answered about Universal
Pre-K. There is now a plethora of information. I will have facts and figures for you in my April blog. In the meantime I hope you will post your comments and questions as we move through this process. We will monitor Universal Pre-K legislation, ensuring that its final version will be best for improving the lives of children and families.
Wheelock President Jackie Jenkins-Scott wrote in her recent blog in the Huffington Post : ”I encourage elected officials to join President Obama in calling for high quality early childhood education for all children. I call on advocates to join forces to support this renewed interest in young children and join educators and parents so that together we can demand the funding for such a promise. Let’s put our words into action and fully fund quality early learning spaces for all children.”
Lois Barnett Mirsky ’54