09/30/2011 - Zaire Hines is standing in front of a pint-size table, building a castle out of red and blue plastic cups. He stacks them into a tower and then, in his excitement ("Look what I did!"), accidentally knocks them to the floor. If he were at day care or in his bedroom, Zaire, 4, might have shrugged and moved on to another set of toys. But he's at Project Enlightenment, a publicly funded preschool in Raleigh, N.C., where his teacher, Kim Jackson, is using the cups to help Zaire work on counting and other premath skills as well as underlying ones like being patient and listening to directions. Together they start the castle again.
The Pew Charitable Trusts just finished spending 10 years and some $100 million coaxing states into growing and reforming pre-K. As a result, an additional 600,000 kids are attending pre-school, and some 40% of 4-year-olds in the U.S. are enrolled in state or federally funded programs.
Read the full article, The Preschool Wars, on Time's Web site.