2008 Annual State of Preschool Report

Date: April 8, 2009

Location:
Oyster-Adams Bilingual School
2801 Calvert St., NW

Washington, DC 20008

Description:

The National Institute for Early Education Research's (NIEER) annual survey of state funded pre-K programs shows impressive expansion in enrollment and spending. However, the recession may curtail early education opportunities for children in lower and middle-income families. Spending per child is up and so is the quality of state preschool education. But the picture is not all rosy. Twelve states have no state-funded preschools. And nine states— including California, Florida, New York, and North Carolina—have proposed cuts to their preschool programs. 
 
Even though quality is up generally, five states meet fewer than half the NIEER quality benchmarks including California, Texas and Florida – states with large populations and numbers of children in pre-K.

NIEER was established in 2001, with support from The Pew Charitable Trusts, to provide objective, nonpartisan, research-based information on early childhood education initiatives.

WHAT:
News conference to release the findings of the 2008 annual State of Preschool report.  It ranks all 50 states on quality standards, funding and access to state preschool programs.

WHO:
Arne Duncan, U. S. Secretary of Education, speaking about the federal economic recovery plan.  He will read The Hungry Caterpillar to a preschool class.

W. Steven Barnett, Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University.  Barnett will discuss the national findings and their implications.

Rebecca Rimel, President and CEO, The Pew Charitable Trusts
 
WHEN:
10 a.m., Wednesday, April 8

WHERE:
Library, Oyster-Adams Bilingual School, 2901 Calvert St., NW, Washington, DC.

Contact Carol Shipp, 732.932.4350, for more information.

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