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D.C. Tops Charts For Pre-K Enrollment

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When D.C. is compared to states, it has the highest percentage of 4-year-olds enrolled in pre-K programs as well as the highest spending per child.

States are doing a better job at educating 3 and 4-year-olds over the past decade. That’s according to a report from the National Institute for Early Education Research (pdf). But more than 9,000 fewer 4-year-olds were enrolled in state-funded pre-K programs across the U.S in 2013 than the year before.

D.C. meets eight of ten standards evaluated, including requiring specialized teacher training, a staff student ratio of 1:10 or better and programs that offer health screenings including for vision and hearing.

Maryland also meets eight of the ten standards but ranks slightly lower on the list for access and state funding compared to D.C. And Virginia meets six of the ten standards and ranks 26th for access and 23rd in state spending.

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Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government ... Not So Much

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Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

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Carnival Receives U.S. Permission To Operate Cruises To Cuba

Carnival has received U.S. permission to begin operating cruises to Cuba. The cruises will be offered through the company's new fathom brand, a cruise line that specializes in what the company calls "social impact travel." Passengers will travel under the categories approved by the Treasury Department, allowing people to visit only if they engage in activities that support the Cuban people.
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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

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