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DLC | New Dem Dispatch | May 23, 2007
Idea of the Week: Universal Pre-K
The "ideas primary" for 2008 got a major boost yesterday, when Sen. Hillary Clinton laid out a proposal for universal access to pre-K education based on matching, performance-based grants to the states that provide for flexibility in exchange for results.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | December 13, 2004
Universal Preschool
By Sen. Tom Carper
A national investment to ensure that universal pre-K programs like those in Georgia and Oklahoma are available everywhere would be money well spent.


DLC | New Dem Daily | September 10, 2004
Idea of the Week: A National Pre-K Strategy
A new PPI report lays out a realistic national strategy for early childhood education aimed at creating high-quality preschool opportunities for all 4-year-olds through a federal-state partnership and a commitment to accountability for results.


PPI | Policy Report | September 8, 2004
Open the Preschool Door, Close the Preparation Gap
By Sara Mead
Universal access to prekindergarten is a way to provide starting blocks to the most disadvantaged children so they can compete on an equal footing.


DLC | New Dem Daily | December 20, 1999
Idea of the Week: Pre-K for a Smart Start
North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt's "Smart Start" program promotes educational and cognitive-development "value-added" in every arena from early childhood health care, to family social services, to child care, to pre-K schooling. And it targets resources to children and families most in need.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | September 1, 1999
Universal Preschool: Kids Need an Early Start
By Isabel Sawhill
Universal preschool education may be the best investment Americans can make in our children's education - and our nation's future.


DLC | The New Democrat | November 1, 1998
Making Head Start Smart
By Ed Kilgore
This fall Congress passed and President Clinton signed a Head Start reauthorization bill that shifted a significant portion of new federal funds from Head Start expansion to quality improvements, especially in its educational preparation efforts.


DLC | New Dem Daily | October 2, 1998
Idea of the Week: Making Head Start Smart
Regardless of the vehicle for pre-K education, the key to success is the same as for other levels of public education: focus on outcomes, not just inputs; create high common standards while encouraging innovative ways to achieve them; insist on accountability for everyone involved; and keep expectations high for what children can learn.


DLC | The New Democrat | July 1, 1998
Is Head Start Smart?
By Diane Ravitch
Restoring the original promise of America's favorite social program.


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