| Jul 24, 2013
| 6:44 PM
There's still a month before the local school year begins, but the Anchorage School District is starting a special project to narrow the academic gap between pre-kindergarten Alaska Native boys and their fellow students.
With Alaska Native boys...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 10:45 AM
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Just five states will spend less per capita than Michigan to get the word to uninsured residents about how to enroll for medical coverage under the federal health care law starting this fall.
Michigan's $5.7 million in...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 6:16 AM
SEATTLE (AP) — The lawyers who represent poor people charged with federal crimes across the country say they already face an unfair fight when they head into court against the resources of the Justice Department — and that's only going to...
| Jul 7, 2013
Cindy Beard is the North Central Region RSVP/Foster Grandparent Program director.
If you need a reason to get up in the morning and fill your time with something that is infinitely rewarding, give the Foster Grandparent Program a call. There's a...
| Feb 24, 2013
The sequester, those $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts scheduled to hit the federal government on March 1, was designed to be stupid.
In 2011, when President Obama proposed the scheme and both parties in Congress embraced it, their...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Regular readers of this column have heard me say it before, but I'll say it again: I'm often embarrassed by the questions my colleagues ask at White House briefings. This week was no exception.
Among reporters inside the Beltway, the latest narrative,...
| Mar 4, 2013
| 9:51 PM
Public school meals won’t be affected by the federal spending cuts known as sequestration, but several local agencies that depend on federal funding are awaiting word on how the gridlock between President Obama and Congress will affect local...
| Mar 4, 2013
| 11:32 PM
With more than 20 years of providing child development services in the Valley, Campesinos Unidos was well aware of the need for such services in the community.
But the ability to provide state-funded preschool education to low-income families became more...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 10:49 AM
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., on Wednesday unveiled proposed legislation that would provide at least one year of prekindergarten for children, especially children from low-income families and children with special needs.
“One of the most important...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 11:33 AM
Somerset County’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs are facing a 5 percent reduction in funding as a result of automatic federal budget cuts.
The cuts, called the “sequester,” took effect March 1 and are expected to reduce...
| Feb 17, 2013
Every year millions of well-intentioned American kids show up for kindergarten or first grade woefully unprepared to learn. Some can't even tell you their complete name, let alone spell any of it.
That's enough reason for me to believe "high-quality...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 2:08 PM
When President Obama talked in his State of the Union speech about the importance of early childhood education, he offered my cue to complete the last in a series of columns.
It began with a column about The Infant, Toddler and Family Center of the...