Early Childhood Development

7:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Why Measuring What Kentucky's Kindergartners Know is Useful

This afternoon, we find out how prepared Kentucky's kindergarten students were entering the 2013-2014 school year last fall.

The Kentucky Education Department releases its first ever statewide results of its kindergarten screener.

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2:30 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Louisville Free Public Library Urges Parents to Read 1,000 Books to Their Kids Before Kindergarten

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The Louisville Free Public Library is challenging parents and caregivers to read 1,000 books to small children before they reach Kindergarten.

Mayor Greg Fischer says the program is part of a holistic and comprehensive approach to education in Louisville—an approach that also includes the 55,000 Degrees initiative.

“An at risk kid shows up at Kindergarten three years behind a child from a thriving environment," Fischer says.

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3:52 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Visit Louisville to Spotlight Child Care Resources

UPDATE: The following is the response WFPL received from Gov. Steve Beshear: 

“Yes, we support the President’s efforts to improve access and availability of early childhood education. Experts say that every dollar spent on preschool programs carries a return on investment that ranges from $2 to $17.

The PEW Center on the States found that the positive effect of high-quality preschool “generates significant savings because children need fewer higher-priced interventions such as special education and grade retention.”

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7:30 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Nobel Prize Laureate James Heckman to Address Education

Economist and Nobel Prize laureate James Heckman will speak Wednesday in Louisville during an event co-hosted by the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development.

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