Head Start is a national anti-poverty program for children from families living below the national poverty line. Much of the program is focused on providing preschool for 4-year-olds and support for their families. However, there has been a significant push in recent years to expand Head Start services to children under age 4 and their families. These services, which range from home visits to infant and toddler care, are known as Early Head Start.
They urge the state to increase its investment in early childhood education programs.
Vietnamese is among the most common languages in students' homes.
Even when they speak the language, teachers and aides need specialized training.
The bill makes permanent a grant program for early education.
The approach emphasizes vocabulary, talking and role-playing.
African-American preschoolers are expelled and suspended more often, report finds.
Early language instruction is crucial to later academic success.
Under a federal grant, publicly funded programs are evaluated.
The Early Math Family Engagement Project emphasizes the role of parents.
Teachers struggle financially, especially in expensive areas of the state.
The Senate version of the bill features a competitive grant program.
The shortage of licensed spaces is most acute for infants and toddlers.
Districts want to ensure that children are ready for kindergarten.
The standards would require a six-hour day and 180 days a year.
With state money limited, local officials try new approaches.