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More families eligible for free pre-K in Pima County after Supes increase income threshold

More Pima County families can enroll their children in free pre-K after the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to expand income eligibility levels for the Pima Early Education Program Scholarships, planning to spend $13.6 million through 2024 on covering more students. ... Read more»

Free pre-K in Pima County still in need of long-term funding source

Pima Early Education Program Scholarships, a free pre-K program that has enrolled more than 700 kids in its first year, is still in need of a long-term funding source to replace the COVID relief that will support it for the next two years. ... Read more»

Pima's free pre-K program off to slow start due to pandemic, teacher shortages

The Pima Early Education Program Scholarships — or PEEPS — have struggled to reach low-income families midway through the program's first year as the COVID pandemic and teacher shortages keep the county from filling pre-K classrooms.... Read more»

El Condado Pima hace gratuita el pre-K para familias de bajos ingresos.

La Junta de Supervisores del Condado Pima aprobó un programa de becas para las familias de bajos ingresos que hace gratis la preescolar. ... Read more»

Pima County OKs plan for free pre-K education for low-income families

The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved support for free pre-K education for low-income Pima County families Tuesday, adopting a budget that funds most of the $13 million pilot project.... Read more»

Report: 'Child care deserts' hit poor, rural Arizona families hardest

Arizona has 304,180 infants and toddlers who need child care but only 234,270 slots to accommodate them, with poor and rural families most likely to be left out, a recent study said.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

After a weak first try, Strong Start Tucson is back with a more reasonable preschool plan

Voters had good reason to reject a plan for early childhood education a couple years ago. Faced with a similar decision on the Pima County Preschool Investment Program, our county supervisors have a lot less reason to say no.... Read more»

Az earns praise for teacher training database, despite pay concerns

Arizona won praise in a recent report for its program linking preschool teachers with training and scholarships, even as the report said low wages for those teachers could make such systems an exercise in futility.... Read more»

Advocates: Child care less affordable in Arizona than many states

Arizona is the seventh-least-affordable state for before-school/after-school child care, according to a study by a national advocacy group.... Read more»

First Things First website connects parents, early education providers

Calling the choice of a child care provider or preschool an overwhelming but vital decision, First Things First has launched a website guiding Arizona parents toward the right option for them.... Read more»

Az falls to 47th place for child well-being

Arizona slipped from 46th to 47th place among states in 2011 for the well-being of its children on a variety of measures, including poverty, education, health, and family and community factors, according to a new report. KidsCount 2013, released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, ranked Arizona ahead of only Nevada, Mississippi and New Mexico for 2011.... Read more»

Report: Az failing to support preschool education

Arizona has “shut the door” on preschool programs by making funding cuts that leave a bleak educational future for the state’s children, according to a report released Tuesday.... Read more»1


Senate budget lacks both balance and vision

Analysis: The Senate's budget proposal lacks balance, looking to bring fiscal stability through disproportionate impact to those Arizonans struggling most during this recession. Also disconcerting is that the proposal looks to simply survive the current crisis, and not take into account the long-term prosperity of Arizona.... Read more»

Leaders: Rejection of fund-transfer propositions means deep cuts

Voters rejected two ballot propositions Tuesday that would have transferred almost $450 million from two voter-approved funds to address the state budget deficit.... Read more»

Proposition 302

Retired police chiefs: First Things First reduces crime down the road

Helping at-risk children develop social skills and the ability to learn before they enter school prevents crime in the long run, retired Mesa Police Chief Dennis Donna said Monday. Proposition 302 would transfer $325 million from First Things First to help address the budget deficit.... Read more»

First Things First

Prop. 302 would sweep funds from early childhood program

But families could lose access to services offered by First Things First when voters decide in November whether to eliminate the program and funnel its $325 million to help address the state budget deficit.... Read more»2