first_img January 18, 2019 Governor Wolf Announces $10.5 Million for Preschool Students SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Education,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced an additional $10.5 million to help preschool-age children transition to kindergarten. The funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services builds on the governor’s commitment to expanding early education for Pennsylvania’s youngest children.“I am committed to investing in young children and their futures,” said Governor Wolf. “That starts by continuing to make early education a priority for Pennsylvania. Supporting children as they move from preschool to kindergarten helps them succeed in the classroom. This early success creates opportunities for them to do well in school for years to come.”Since taking office in 2015, Governor Wolf has successfully worked with the state legislature to expand state-funded preschool by $115 million, adding more than 9,600 slots in Pre-K Counts, and an additional 1,300 in Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program.“Research shows that children with access to high-quality early learning programs go on to perform better in school and beyond,” said Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Pedro A. Rivera. “By investing in these programs, we are ensuring that students have the building blocks in place to succeed as they enter elementary school.”The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) applied for the federal Preschool Development Grant, which will be used to provide professional development for early learning educators and to promote partnerships among early learning providers, community agencies, and school districts to help children prepare for successful transitions from early learning programs to kindergarten. OCDEL is a collaborative effort between PDE and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS).“Behavioral challenges can make it harder for children to succeed in education, especially when these needs go unidentified and unaddressed. Recognizing behavioral challenges early can help educators work with students so they do not become barriers to academic, social, and emotional development,” said DHS Teresa Secretary Miller. “This grant will allow early education programs around Pennsylvania to better meet the unique and complex needs of children they educate, setting a stronger foundation for success throughout all levels of education.”Funding will also support strategic planning to expand access to behavioral supports for medically eligible children birth to age 5, and recruit coaches currently in ECE programs to participate in a coaching support pilot project.More information about the Commonwealth’s early learning programs is available on the PDE website or the DHS website. Visit the Preschool Development Grant program for more information.last_img read more

first_img Published on August 12, 2014 at 10:48 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse wide receivers Adly Enoicy and Keenan Hale will both require surgery as they lower body injuries, according to an SU athletics release published Tuesday morning.The release also stated that team will have a better understanding of their status once the season gets started. There is no time frame for their return currently, according to the release.Hale, a senior, also missed all of last season with a lower body injury and has yet to play in a game for the Orange. Enoicy is a freshman and joined the Orange in training camp this season. Head coach Scott Shafer singled him out as someone who had impressed him during practice on August 6.Neither player was expected to get much playing time this season. Hale was listed last on the wide receivers depth chart prior to training camp and Enoicy was listed as second to last. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

first_imgThe 43-year-old Masters of Professional Writing program is slated to shut its doors in May of 2016, but its students and alumni are determined to save the program.This past November, Steve Kay, the Dean of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences announced that the program will no longer be accepting incoming students and will graduate its last class in 2016.In a statement, Kay said that the decision to cut the program was for business reasons.“I recognize the excellent pedagogy of the MPW program, and have made this determination solely as a business decision,” Kay said. “I have complete confidence in the current program director, Brighde Mullins, and will work in partnership with the program’s leadership and in consultation with college faculty to maintain the high quality of this program through the next couple years as it draws to a close with its final class.”Howard Ho, our MPW program specialist, said there is some confusion over what Kay referred to as a “business decision.” Students and faculty have received no response from him in inquiries about the reasoning to end the otherwise successful program.“We are a pretty low maintenance program. In terms of expenses we always come in under budget,” Ho said. “However, we’re not connected to a larger program and I think that perhaps we’re not seen as having an umbrella organization so maybe that’s what the business decision refers to, a reorganization in a certain way, but it’s unclear.”MPW students and alumni have launched the “Campaign for USC MPW” in order to open a dialogue with Kay about how to preserve the program and how to find a place for it at USC.The group’s most recent campaign effort is a letter-writing campaign aimed at Dean Kay and the Dornsife administration. They hope to explain the value of the program and how the group is dedicated toward helping the administration find a place for MPW at USC.“The Dean has not offered any reasoning in his business decision. We have reached out with no response, but we would like to have a discussion and hear an explanation about why the program is closing,” Channing Sarget, a current MPW student and the Campaign for USC MPW chair, said.One of the benefits of MPW is that it allows students to complete the program over the course of five years, Sargent said. As a working professional, this was one of the unique qualities that led Sargent to USC’s MPW program.“MPW is so attractive because it is geared toward professionalism, so it allows many working adults to take the time they need to complete the program,” Sargent said.Doug Greco is one such student who planned to take advantage of MPW’s flexibility. Greco is in his first year of the program, and due to his need to seek employment during the course of completing his degree, he said he depended on the option of completing the degree in up to five years.“I made the decision to come to USC and pay over  $15,000 a semester in tuition, plus student loans, but that decision was made with the understanding I had five years to complete the program. Now that I have to complete the program in three years it limits my options and makes it much more difficult not having the flexibility that I needed,” Greco said.Sargent was equally surprised by the dean’s decision.“I was totally shocked and blindsided by the news. The student body’s perspective was that there has been no sign that our program was in danger, and in fact it was quite the opposite,” Sargent said. “MPW has [an] excellent reputation at the epicenter of the USC and Los Angeles literary communities.”last_img read more