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A step ahead at school

A plan to provide lower-income children with free preschool could raise them to levels enjoyed by their higher-income peers

By Christine Donnelly

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 12, 2014

~~<p>Recent national research suggests that Gov. Neil Abercrombie's scaled-back, dual approach to early learning &mdash; focused on getting the neediest kids into a variety of public and private programs &mdash; fuels the best educational outcomes for disadvantaged children and offers taxpayers a stronger return on their investment.</p>
<p>Rebuffed last session in his nearly $30 million &quot;preschool for all&quot; initiative, the governor is pushing ahead this legislative session with a hybrid plan that seeks a total of about $8 million to subsidize enrollment in private early-learning centers, establish a total of 32 preschool classes at 30 public schools statewide and fund programs designed to improve low-income parents' interactions with their children. All of the outreach would be targeted at lower-income children, and is pending budgetary approval from state lawmakers.</p>
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Recent national research suggests that Gov. Neil Abercrombie's scaled-back, dual approach to early learning — focused on getting the neediest kids into a variety of public and private programs — fuels the best educational outcomes for disadvantaged children and offers taxpayers a stronger return on their investment.

Rebuffed last session in his nearly $30 million "preschool for all" initiative, the governor is pushing ahead this legislative session with a hybrid plan that seeks a total of about $8 million to subsidize enrollment in private early-learning centers, establish a total of 32 preschool classes at 30 public schools statewide and fund programs designed to improve low-income parents' interactions with their children. All of the outreach would be targeted at lower-income children, and is pending budgetary approval from state lawmakers. Login for more...



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