pre-k http://michiganradio.org en A push for more pre-school funding in Michigan is getting some added muscle http://michiganradio.org/post/push-more-pre-school-funding-michigan-getting-some-added-muscle <p>A group of Michigan athletes and coaches is calling on state lawmakers to spend more money on early childhood education.</p><p></p><p>Governor Snyder is asking for an additional $65 million for the <a href="https://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-63533---,00.html">Great Start Readiness Program</a>.</p><p></p><p>Jeff Kirsch is with <a href="http://www.championsforamericasfuture.org/category/newsroom/">Champions For America’s Future</a>. He says children learn important skills in pre-K, like teamwork, getting along with people, and sticking to tasks.</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 21:49:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17369 at http://michiganradio.org A push for more pre-school funding in Michigan is getting some added muscle Nearly 40% of Michigan kids miss out on pre-k http://michiganradio.org/post/nearly-40-michigan-kids-miss-out-pre-k <p>New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that nearly <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121004/OPINION01/210040334/1008/opinion01/Jacobs-We-must-stop-spread-child-poverty-Mich-">1 in 4 kids in Michigan lives in poverty</a>. For a family of four that means living on $23,000, or less per year.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 21:02:17 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 9394 at http://michiganradio.org Nearly 40% of Michigan kids miss out on pre-k State of Opportunity: Preschool in the summer http://michiganradio.org/post/state-opportunity-preschool-summer <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>This week, Michigan Radio&#39;s <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/even-short-term-job-loss-parents-can-turn-long-term-problem-kids">State of Opportunity</a> reporter <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/people/dustin-dwyer" rel="author">Dustin Dwyer</a> looked into children&#39;s first glimpse of classroom education-- preschool.</p><p>Dwyer reports that although early education can have a <a href="http://www.highscope.org/content.asp?contentid=219">profound effect</a> on the development of children, there aren&#39;t enough classes to go around.&nbsp; Only <a href="http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/bystate/stateprofile.aspx?state=MI&amp;group=DataBook&amp;loc=24&amp;dt=1%2c3%2c2%2c4">about half </a>of preschool-aged children attend classes.</p><p>He found one solution in Grand Rapids Public Schools, where preschools have extended classes into the summer.</p><p><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/preschool-summer-one-last-chance-early-education">Listen to Dwyer&#39;s story</a>, in which parents, guardians and teachers of preschoolers speak about the benefits of summertime preschool and the challenges they face providing education opportunities for their children.</p><p><em>-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:52:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8680 at http://michiganradio.org State of Opportunity: Preschool in the summer Grand Rapids Public Schools starting new pre-K prep program http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-public-schools-starting-new-pre-k-prep-program <p><a href="http://grpublicschools.org/grps1/">The Grand Rapids Public Schools</a>&nbsp;is teaming up with <a href="http://www.firststepskent.org/">First Steps</a> and <a href="http://www.firststepskent.org/about/great-start-collaborative/">Great Start Collaborative</a> to launch&nbsp;what they are calling&nbsp;&nbsp;&quot;Early Learning Communities&quot;.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:39:59 +0000 Steve Carmody 1339 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids Public Schools starting new pre-K prep program MSU study: Preschool helps 3 & 4 year olds learn how to read http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-study-preschool-helps-3-4-year-olds-learn-how-read <p>Many government leaders are debating the value of preschool programs, like <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_Start_Program">Head Start</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://news.msu.edu/story/8850">A new Michigan State University study</a> finds students do get an educational benefit from pre-K programs.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;MSU researchers compared about 80 children, between 3 and 4 years old,&nbsp; whose birthdays were just weeks apart.&nbsp; Some were just old enough to enter preschool.&nbsp; The others had to wait. MSU researcher<a href="http://hdfs.msu.edu/people/faculty/skibbe-lori-phd"> Lori Skibbe</a>&nbsp;says the students who attended pre-school got a jump start on their peers in literacy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>"<em>We found that children who essentially made the cut off we’re in preschool earlier demonstrated greater gains in literacy than children who were not enrolled in preschool at this time.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p></blockquote><p>Other recent studies suggest that pre-K programs do not have long term beneficial effects on students.&nbsp;&nbsp; Skibbe disagrees.&nbsp; She says the programs do help students develop literacy skills they need.&nbsp;</p><p>The MSU study appears in the journal, <a href="http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/620184/description#description">Early Childhood Research Quarterly</a>. Thu, 03 Feb 2011 20:00:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 1155 at http://michiganradio.org MSU study: Preschool helps 3 & 4 year olds learn how to read