early childhood education

8:13 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Springfield camps get kids ready for Kindergarten

Kindergartners-to-be Abigail Cluttor and Kylie Boone enjoy Kindergarten Camp, in Springfield.
Credit Michele Skalicky / KSMU

This week at nine Springfield elementary schools, kids are making friends, learning social skills and getting ready to start their formal education.  They’re attending Kindergarten Camp, hosted by the Community Partnership of the Ozarks.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky reports.

The camp started Monday and goes through Friday at Bingham, Bissett, Boyd, Bowerman, Robberson, Watkins, Weaver, Westport and York Elementary Schools. 

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8:07 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Missouri child-care centers could face increased oversight

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Legislation pending before Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon would require new oversight of some unlicensed child care centers.

The legislation would require state workers to visit unlicensed facilities that receive federal money. It also would require the development of quality indicators that parents could use to evaluate the safety and caliber of child care centers.

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8:20 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Mo. mulls state funds to districts for preschool

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Missouri House members this past week passed legislation that would allow public schools to begin counting some children attending early childhood education programs toward the basic state funding they receive. 

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8:45 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Moberly approves new Early Childhood Learning Center

After sharing a facility with an alternative school for about 14 years, a Moberly School District program is receiving a new center to thrive in.

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9:02 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Nixon proposes $30M for early childhood ed

Children in a preschool classroom
Credit Photo provided by Missouri Association for Community Action

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing $30 million of additional state spending for early childhood education programs.

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7:25 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Mo. education committee releases report

Credit Rachel Rice / KBIA

A Missouri House interim education committee is recommending changes to student transfers, more funding for early childhood education and increased learning time for students.

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7:26 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Mo. announces more grants to child care centers

Children in classroom
Credit Photo provided by Missouri Association for Community Action

Missouri has awarded an additional $4.2 million in grants to improve facilities at six child care centers around the state.

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8:12 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Donors pledge up to $10 million to fund Head Start

A teacher reads to children in a classroom helped by the National Head Start Association.
Credit Photo provided by Missouri Association for Community Action

National Head Start Association officials say a donation of up to $10 million from two philanthropists will help keep Head Start programs in Missouri and several other states running during the federal government shutdown.

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8:15 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Jefferson Day Care Center celebrates 'Missouri Start Smart' grant

At Nixon's 2013 State of the State address, the governor called for increased funding for early-childhood education programs in the state.
Credit Andrew Yost

Governor Jay Nixon was at the Jefferson Day Care Center yesterday promoting his plan to increase funding for pre-k education in Missouri.

The governor recently awarded two other grants to the Kansas City School District, to help provide access to quality education to children in day care before entering kindergarten. The governor's visit to the Jefferson City Day Care Center celebrated the day care center's participation in the so-called "Missouri Start Smart" grant initiative.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:14 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Mo. Audit Gives 'Poor' Rating To Management Of Early Childhood Fund Grants

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 7:00 pm

The management of an early childhood fund by the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) has received a "poor" rating in a state audit released Monday.

State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) said the Early Childhood Development, Education and Care Fund provided more than $170,000 to three child care facilities that failed to open or expand their facilities as planned.

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2:30 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Last minute politics: finding funding after a veto

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation that could patch a hole in the state budget for early childhood programs and health care for the blind.

A bill given final approval Friday would transfer $55 million from general revenues into a new fund to finance the programs. The move was necessary because the 2014 budget passed last week by lawmakers called for funding the programs with savings from the repeal of a tax break for low-income seniors and disabled residents who live in rental housing.

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9:05 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Sequestration cuts hit mid-Mo. childhood education programs

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The future of early childhood education programs like Head Start hangs in the air as recent federal budget cuts, or sequestration, will eliminate resources aimed to provide low-income families a quality foundation for the beginning of a child’s education. The most recent cuts have put Columbia Public Schools in the position of funding two instructional aides.

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5:55 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Early Childhood programs lack necessary Funding

Central Missouri Community action hosted Mid-Missouri Legislators in Columbia at the Park Avenue Head Start Facility Monday.

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12:02 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Could investments in early childhood education save Missouri millions?

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In his State of the State Address, Gov. Jay Nixon outlined his proposal to boost funding for early childhood education by $17 million, saying, “early childhood education is a smart investment, with a big return.”

How much of a return could we be talking about?

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