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Votes Count: Legislative Action on Pre-K Fiscal Year 2009

September 24, 2008

Provides an overview of changes in state legislatures' budgets for pre-K programs and discusses regional trends in progress toward providing pre-K education for all -- or the lack thereof. Includes state-by-state budget and policy summaries.

Leadership Matters: Governors' Pre-K Proposals, Fiscal Year 2009

April 24, 2008

Through an annual review of governors' budget proposals and state of the state addresses, rates governors' commitments to early education, from "heroes" to "all talk and no action." Summarizes all state and District of Columbia pre-K budget changes.

Leadership Matters: Governors' Pre-K Proposals Fiscal Year 2007

May 1, 2006

Across the country, governors are recognizing high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten as a proven school-reform strategy. In 2006, 24 leaders prioritized this effort by proposing increased funding to expand and enhance their states' pre-k programs. These investments promise to improve both K-12 systems and children's opportunities for success in kindergarten and in life. This report reviews the state of the state addresses and proposed budgets of our nation's governors and the mayor of the District of Columbia to assess their individual commitments to high-quality pre-k for all.

Pre-K and Politics 2005

March 1, 2006

2005 was a banner year for high-quality pre-k. Across the nation, states made substantial new commitments, grew existing programs, and provided support for professional development and other quality building efforts. Of course, not all the news was good. In some states, governors failed to advance programs that benefit children, while in others, inadequate governance left programs rudderless. This report takes a closer look at the year's pre-k winners and losers and identifies those states where pre-k is at a crossroads.

Votes Count: Legislative Action on Pre-K Fiscal Year 2006

November 1, 2005

For fiscal year 2006, 26 state legislatures and the DC city council have committed to do the right thing for young children and for their states' financial futures. These forward-thinking leaders made the wise and responsible decision to increase funding for high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten. With five more states projecting increases for FY06, this represents a doubling of the 15 legislatures that increased funding for pre-k just one year ago. These numbers are a clear indicator of strong momentum in the pre-k-for-all movement.

Leadership Matters: Governors' Pre-K Proposals Fiscal Year 2006

April 1, 2005

Twenty budget-savvy governors recently recommended increased investment in a cost-effective strategy that saves taxpayers money, boosts state economies, and prepares our youngest citizens for future success. That strategy is high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten. This report evaluates all 50 U.S. governors and the mayor of the District of Columbia in terms of their budgetary proposals and State of the State remarks in support of voluntary pre-k for all.