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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»

Familias de bajos ingresos ahora pueden recibir assitencia del condado para inscribir sus hijos en preescolar

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»

At first glance Strong Start Tucson—the initiative that promises high-quality preschool for up to 8,500 kids—seems like a nice idea. But voters should look closer at what the initiative would actually do. It is flawed in ways that could produce disastrous outcomes. I think it’s a risk Tucsonans would be unwise to take. Read more» 2

Children who go to high-quality preschool perform better in school, complete more years of education, and become productive members of a more educated workforce. I wish we could provide every kid in AZ the chance SST will offer Tucson’s kids. Until that day, let’s make progress for our children, close to home, here in Tucson. Read more» 3

Changes to Head Start, the first overhaul of the program in decades, include a requirement that it become a full-day program by 2021.

Head Start, the first early education program in the U.S., is undergoing its first overhaul in more than 40 years. Read more»

Politicians and policy makers have been arguing about whether Head Start works ever since the program began in the 1960s. 50 years later, after more than 30 million children have been through the program, a report from the U.S. Department of Education concludes that we still don't have much rigorous research evidence to show that Head Start is effective in preparing children for elementary school. Read more»

President Barack Obama

The president makes misleading claims in his effort to sell a universal preschool plan. Read more»

Steve Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, said Arizona’s cuts to preschool education funding last year were 'particularly disturbing.' The institute released a report on all 50 states’ early education funding.

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