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  • 1.  Universal Pre-k

    Posted 10-19-2021 11:57 AM
    When they pass universal pre-K how will this affect a child care center are those already offering Pre-k?

    Melinda Wardle
    Cradles to Crayons llc
    Danville IN

  • 2.  RE: Universal Pre-k

    Posted 10-20-2021 08:51 AM
    Depends on your state's implementation but I urge you look into this now because, in the case of CA, we are advocating for change to a mixed delivery system rather than funding going only to public school districts - which was legislated swiftly and without sufficient input by the EC sector or providers.  Bottom line, UPK is implemented in different ways across the country and the "results will vary" for families - who deserve options to meet their needs, and for educators across the variety of pre-K programs.  My idea is to fund any programs that meet criteria of diversity that match what's representative of the general area (not only of the immediate neighborhood, which is de facto segregated).  I believe children need to be learning in diverse settings from the start of their lives, and hand in hand with that of course teachers need to learn to work with a diversity of families/children, co-workers etc.--
    Laila Taslimi
    Untitled No. 1 School
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  • 3.  RE: Universal Pre-k

    Posted 10-21-2021 05:48 AM
    I agree with your response! Not that I am against private run healthcare facilities, but it is very costly for some families. I think if all these centers are under one umbrella and getting the same support from the states or educational system it would be better for both the centers and the families. The main concerns should be the benefit and improvement for our young learners with less strain on families.

    Florence Britton
    Teacher Assistant
    Gilmore Memorial Preschool
    Paterson NJ

  • 4.  RE: Universal Pre-k

    Posted 10-22-2021 09:28 AM
    I thought this video on the topic was very well done...

    "Without thoughtful implementation, a proposal for universal Pre-K could derail much of the country's child care system, particularly for infants, toddlers, and their families. Families need access to early care and education that supports their ability to work and their children's healthy development now, more than ever. Policy solutions that support a mixed delivery system--by offering Pre-K in community-based child care programs--can support a robust child care market and ensure families have access to early care and education that works for them:

    Video was produced by No Small Matter Media"

    Deborah Musika, Executive Director
    Montgomery County Partnership for Children
    Troy NC

  • 5.  RE: Universal Pre-k

    Posted 10-22-2021 10:06 AM
    Yes! Thank you for sharing that video, very clear and useful.  Let's get it OUT THERE folks!!

    Laila Taslimi
    Untitled No. 1
    Santa Monica CA