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May 5—MOULTRIE, Ga. — Colquitt County Schools announced Tuesday that it has received a Summer Transition Program (STP) grant from the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. Colquitt County Schools was awarded four rising Kindergarten classes and will serve a maximum of 48 students this summer. "Summer 2021 will be the second year Colquitt County School System was awarded the STP. ...

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A proposal to eventually ban suspensions and expulsions at private daycares and preschools that receive public funding is on its way to the state House, after Senate lawmakers passed the plan on a bipartisan vote Tuesday. Senate Bill 236 would ban private programs from suspending or expelling children starting in 2026, an effort to interrupt what supporters described as the school-to-prison ...

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May 5—KALKASKA — An early childhood education center is coming to the Kalkaska Public Schools district after voters overwhelmingly approved a $16.85 million bond proposal. Unofficial results show the bond was approved on a vote of 1,172 to 675. "This is a big win for Kalkaska Public Schools and for early childhood education," said Superintendent Terry Starr. This is the district's first ...

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Apr. 28—On the eve of his 100th day in office, President Joe Biden proposed an ambitious $1.8 trillion American Families Plan that would expand universal prekindergarten access, make it easier for high-poverty schools to serve free meals, and fund programs to train and support teachers. The package served as the centerpiece of Biden's address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday evening, ...

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Apr. 28—DECATUR — The summer school programs for Decatur Public School students will look different this year. Last year, summer school was online only. And this year, rather than a "summer camp" style of enrichment and outdoor activities combined with academic projects, there will be two full months of academic learning available to any student. In a report to the school board at its April 27 ...

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Apr. 28—Wake County is creating a free pre-kindergarten program to help prepare low-income 3-year-olds for school and success in life. Wake County leaders announced Wednesday they're launching the ThreeSchool program for 3-year-olds whose families are at or below 200% of the poverty line. Leaders say they're making the move now because they've achieved near-universal Pre-K for the county's ...

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Apr. 28—Mary Anne "Polly" McNelis Myer, 93, a devoted early childhood educator and supporter of the arts, died April 22 of heart failure in her Chestnut Hill home. Raised in Philadelphia's East Oak Lane section, the only daughter of John McNelis, a banker, and Mary Barnett McNelis, Mrs. Myer had a lifelong love of learning, children and the arts. She was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy ...

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Apr. 26—Hawaii's public prekindergarten program got top marks for quality in a new national report, one of only six states to do so, but ranked near the bottom for how many 4-year-olds it reaches. Even before the pandemic, Hawaii's state-funded preschool served just a tiny fraction of the population—679 students, or an estimated 4 % of the state's 4-year-olds—in the 2019-2020 school year, ...

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Apr. 25—While there has been some promising progress surrounding state-funded early childhood education in New Mexico, experts worry the pandemic could halt gains. A new report shows that the state was experiencing a boost in preschool enrollment and spending, when adjusted for inflation, before COVID-19. "It's encouraging to see New Mexico continuing to invest more funding per child in state ...

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Apr. 25—An abiding passion for kids is what inspires the staff at Light of Life Child Care to be an award-winning facility. Located at 2121 U.S. 2 E. in Evergreen, Light of Life Child Care opened July 2017. Owner and director Hannah Owens operates the fully licensed group childcare together with two employees. The home serves 12 children a day, primarily ages 0 to 5. In January of 2020 Owens ...