Tuesday, April 24, 2007

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Ford, Emily. " A View from the Editorial Board- Pre-K is not best answer for all." The Commercial Appeal.
18 Mar. 2007. Memphis, Tenn. 24 Apr. 2007.

In her article, Emily Ford brings up a plausible opposition to the idea of early education for all through the idea that mandatory early learning will raise up a bar that will limit a young child's short freedoms and issues such as a decrease in the amount of time in a home environment. This article will help me express an oppostion to my topic and realistic reasons for the opposition.

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Andrade, Jane Carroll. "Kindergarten may be too late." State Legislatures. Jun. 2002. Denver. 24 Apr. 2007.

In the article, Jane Carroll Andrade writes about how states are starting to fund preschool programs after recognizing the correlation between a child early development and participation in preschool and his or her success later in life. The author goes on to describe the details in the process of funding, such as who is eligible to receive free early childhood education, where the money for the programs can and does come from, and how new programs might fit or clash with already existing programs. Finally, she finsihes by state the future for the movement for funding early education and how positive results could or could not be received. Overall, this article will help me gain the facts to the pros and cons of funding the education programs.

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" Early Childhood Education." NEA: National Education Association. 24 Apr. 2007.
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This article describes the postive effects that investing in quality early childhood education prorgram can have on the country. The article provides statistics, such as the fact that those who were enrolled in a quality preschool program when they were young end up earning up to $2,000 more per month than those who did not. NEA goes on to list its recommendations in legislation to provide better early childhood education to everyone. The article wil definately help me with all of the solid statistics brought up in the article to give great reason for providing free preschool programs.

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Poppe, Julie and Clothier, Steffanie. "The Preschool Promise." State Legislatures. June 2005. State
Legislatures. 24 Apr. 2007.

The authors, Julie Poppe and Steffanie Clothier, discuss in their article the many benefits that going to preschool can have on children in their future, but the reality of whether or not states can afford to provide preschool education to everyone. They discuss the positive effects of going to preschool, such as the achivement gap at the beginning of kindergaten between children who went to an early education program and those who did not. Other topics brought up include what goes into a proper program for educational growth, how states currently pay for or might pay for programs in the future, the research that proves that the educational investment will pay off in the future. Everything in this article will help me determine current legislatures and the positive effects and statistics that going to an early childhood education program has on children.

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Jacobson, Linda. "Preschoolers' Education Takes Center Stage." Education Week. 22 Apr. 1998. Education
Week. 24 Apr. 2007. Http://www.sirs.com

Linda Jacobson writes about the growing efforts in state spending for preschool, and the question of long- term financial commitment when there are other options such as private programs or simply skipping pre-k.
The article also focuses on contributing factors, such financial responsibility and confusion about curriculum, that effect state and federal government decsions on funding for these programs. This article will help me research the amount and type of legislation already being considered or passed for early childhood education and the reasons for and against the funding.

Annotation 3

Crane, David. "Children's Education is Our Best Investment." Toronto Star. 2 Jul. 2006. Toronto Star. 24 Apr.
2007. http://proquest.umi.com

David Crane writes about the critical effect that the lack of free preschool education for children will have on society in the future if the issue is not corrected. He also writes that Canada's aging population will suffer if its productivity performance continues to stay at its current growth levels. He states that early childhood education is key in society if as James Heckman states: "Once a child falls behind, he or she is likely to remain behind," because when this happens in a large amount of the young population the country could face economic and and social setbacks. But if there is sufficient early childhood education, there will be a better workforce, better performance in schools, and so forth. This article will help prove that funding for early childhood programs is a good idea through examples of what could happen if there is not a step towards better preschool schooling.

Annotation 2

Jacobson, Linda. "An Earlier Start." Education Week. 10 May 2006. Editorial Projects in Education, Inc. 24
Apr. 2007.

Linda Jacobson, the author of the article, reports on the integrating of the pre-K classroom into the traditional elementary and the positive and negative effects of it. She states that the change from separate preschool facilities to those that are in "alignment", or making sure that what is taught prepares children for the next grade level, has a positive effect on things such as assesment tests. This infromation helps to show the effective use for early childhood education and its effects are significant enough to be given funding from the government.

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Gambrell, Kathy A. "Gaps Remain in Early Childhood Education." White House Reporter. 7 Jan. 2002.
United Press International. 23 Apr. 2007. Http://www.sirs.com

The author, Kathy A. Gambrell, writes about the large gap still remaining for eligibility and funding in early childhood education programs despite effort from the state and federal levels from research she has conducted. She found that contributors such as lack of compensation and education in early education teachers effect the effectiveness of these efforts. She also states that most of the effort is concentrated on the neediest children, such as those from low- income families and children from teenage parents. This article helps me to know the main contributing factors to the current ineffectiveness in government-provided early education funding.