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In this section, you'll find editorials, legislation, public policy and trends on issues relating to preschool, pre-kindergarten, childcare and the push toward universal preschool education. Particularly of note are articles concerning the states claim of a compelling interest in compulsory preschool education. Visit often for the latest preschool news.

The Early Education Racket It wouldn't be New York if preschool admissions, or any admissions, were easy. But yearlong pre-preschool stress-fests are now sweeping the nation, with upper-middle-class parents ranking schools and agonizing over which educational "philosophy" is right. It's hard to tease out the effects of preschool on a child. Part of the problem is self-selection: Compared with kids who skip preschool, kids who attend usually have more well-to-do, encouraging parents who read and do puzzles with them at home. Children who don't go to preschool are usually from more disadvantaged families, which means they watch lots of TV and are yelled at more than they are praised, which some researchers believe can stunt cognitive development. by Melinda Wenner Moyer December 6, 2012 [More Results from]
Arizona earns an "F" in child welfare The report card is in and Arizona gets a failing grade when it comes to the well being of kids in our state. Arizona slipped 9 places to finish 46th on the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count Survey. Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Mississippi are also in the bottom 5. So why did Arizona rank so low? The annual Kids Count study says 68 percent of Arizona kids don't attend pre-school. It's why the state fell to 46th in well-being of children. by Linda Williams July 25, 2012 [More Results from]