State receives $6 million federal preschool grant

Advocates are shying away from the politically loaded word “preschool,” instead pledging to build “a mixed-delivery system for parents with young children.”

Post Register: Smarty Ants pre-K app struggles to reach kids

State superintendent Sherri Ybarra touted the reading app as a free pre-K option “for all Idaho kids.” As of this month, only 343 students are on the app.

Schools use state dollars — and other funding — to jump into all-day kindergarten

At least 81 school districts and 16 charter schools offer full-day kindergarten to at least some of their students. The state’s growing “literacy initiative” is covering some of the cost, but not all of it.

Idaho pre-K enrollment: Consistent, and consistently low

Roughly two-thirds of Idaho’s 3- and 4-year-olds are not in a pre-kindergarten program, one of the lowest enrollment rates in the nation.

Education Week: Studies raise doubts about pre-K benefits

The research suggests pre-K advocates “should invest time and effort in other methods that might achieve the goal of school readiness,” Education Week reported Thursday.

Pre-K advocates hope to refocus Idaho’s debate

A Michigan foundation with a famous brand name is spending $450,000 to promote pre-K in Idaho. Here’s what the group hopes to accomplish.

Kloc pushes for private sector to fund pre-K pilots

The Boise lawmaker wants businesses and banks to predominately support three years of early childhood education classes.

Washington lawmaker to tout pre-K

The chairman of the Washington state Senate’s early learning and K-12 committee will speak on April 29 in Boise.

Pre-K backers continue their push

Pre-K programs can better young people for a future in anything from high-tech college majors to the military, two early education advocacy groups said Tuesday.

Boise chamber touts pre-K pilot

The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce supports a bill to establish a three-year pre-K pilot program — a proposal that has been mired in a House committee for six weeks.