February 15, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. Governors' 2008 State of the State Speeches and Pre-K Education
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - February 14, 2008
  2. New Research on the Effects of Home and Preschool Experiences on Educational Attainment
      Source: Journal of Social Science - Retrieved February 15, 2008
  3. New GAO Report on Head Start
      Source: Government Accountability Office - February 12, 2008

1. Governors' 2008 State of the State Speeches and Pre-K Education

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - February 14, 2008

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) has published a list of 17 governors who have already emphasized a commitment to preschool education in their 2008 State of the State speeches. It is available online at http://nieer.org/pdf/stateofstate2008.pdf

Not all governors have presented their speeches at this time. To view a complete list of 2008 speeches with links to those that have already occurred go to http://www.stateline.org/live/static/State_of_the_state_speeches

2. New Research on the Effects of Home and Preschool Experiences on Educational Attainment

Source: Journal of Social Science - Retrieved February 15, 2008

A new study published in the March 2008 issue of the Journal of Social Science examines the influence of certain aspects of home and preschool variables on children's literacy and numeracy achievement at school entry and at the end of the 3rd year of school. The results suggest that while family factors such as parents' education and socioeconomic status are important, the home learning environment (HLE) exerts a greater and independent influence on educational attainment. The HLE was only moderately associated with SES and parents' educational levels. The report also suggests that specific preschool experiences matter, particularly when the preschool center works closely with parents. For more information go to http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/resolve/doi?DOI=10.1111/j.1540-4560.2008.00550.x

Full citation: Melhuish, E., Phan, M., Sylva, K., Sammons, P., Siraj-Blatchford, I., & Taggart, B. (2008). Effects of the Home Learning Environment and Preschool Center Experience upon Literacy and Numeracy Development in Early Primary School. Journal of Social Issues, 64(1) , 95-114. doi:10.1111/j.1540-4560.2008.00550.x

3. New GAO Report on Head Start

Source: Government Accountability Office - February 12, 2008

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released the following report: Head Start: A More Comprehensive Risk Management Strategy and Data Improvements Could Further Strengthen Program Oversight.
Full report - http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d08221.pdf
Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d08221high.pdf