Gray Looks To Expand Education Programs For Infants, Toddlers | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Gray Looks To Expand Education Programs For Infants, Toddlers

Play associated audio

Mayor-elect Vincent Gray says almost 14,000 3- and 4-year-olds are enrolled in publicly funded preschool and pre-K programs in D.C. Now he says it's time to turn attention to children who are even younger.

Gray says the foundation has been laid for pre-K and preschool programs. He says expanding programs for infants and toddlers -- or 6-month through 3-year-olds -- is the next step.

"There are so many of our families that are economically and socially challenged, who have difficult circumstances they deal with every day, whose children could really benefit from even earlier intervention," Gray says.

He acknowledges this will be "difficult" because of budgetary challenges. But he says there will be savings by reducing the number of children in private special education programs. He says they will also look for federal and private funding sources.

Gray says expanding the programs will help with prevention and intervention efforts as well as create opportunities to work with the parents of these children. Gray says there is no timetable set as yet.

NPR

For More Local Turkeys To Hit Holiday Tables, You Need An Abattoir

Demand for locally raised birds is growing faster than small farms can keep pace with. One New England farmer is making a bold move to get more gobblers to the table.
NPR

For More Local Turkeys To Hit Holiday Tables, You Need An Abattoir

Demand for locally raised birds is growing faster than small farms can keep pace with. One New England farmer is making a bold move to get more gobblers to the table.
NPR

Obama: 'No Sympathy' For Those Destroying Ferguson

Saying he understands the frustrations of people who feel they're not treated fairly under the law, President Obama also said, "I have no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities."
NPR

Is Digital Learning More Cost-Effective? Maybe Not

Digital learning initiatives are spreading to schools across the country, but new research raises doubts about how well they work.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.