First Five

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First Five is a series of targeted programs to drive awareness of the issues and stories related to Pre-K education in our local community.

The goal of this project is to impart a deeper understanding of:

  1. the complex issues surrounding early childhood education in our region
  2. how these issues affect children, parents, educators, citizens, and the business community both today and in the future.

WSKG is dedicated to covering this topic in our community through a series of regular news reports and periodic community panels and by convening in-person and online conversations. Join in the dialogue and share the importance of the First Five with your community.


Feature Series

WSKG’s Education Reporter Solvejg Wastvedt presents a series of in-depth reports on early childhood in Upstate New York that aired on Morning Edition during February, March and April 2015.

Pre-K All Day? Not So Fast

“Presenteeism:” Child Care And The Workplace

Why Districts That Want Pre-K Don’t Apply For New York’s Grant

Does Preschool Pay Off That Much?


Community Conversation

WSKG News and local experts worked together throughout Spring 2015 to bring three community conversation shows which investigated various issues within Early Care & Learning. Full audio from each show can be found here:

Childcare and Parents | When I’m at work, who will watch my kid? It’s a question parents ask, sometimes well before they start a family. Yet high-quality childcare seems harder and harder to find.

Policy & Policymakers | New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie recently reconvened the Assembly’s child care work group, and President Obama mentioned it in his 2015 State of the Union address. The way states (and nations) tackle these issues can directly influence parents’ ability to find quality care.

Education of Providers | Serving as a child care provider or as a Pre-Kindergarten instructor is demanding work.   They must satisfy parental and state expectations, endure long hours and cope with low pay.  Why do it?


2014 Early Care & Learning Summit

This event featured presentations and breakout sessions focused on the current state of early care and learning in Broome County, NY. Our goal was to share perspectives, discuss sustainable, solution-based approaches to challenges, and to create action steps that will support families and children.

The summit was held at WSKG Studios on August 26, 2015. Audio from the summit is available here.



Project support provided by:
Dick and Marion Meltzer Fund of the Community Foundation for South Central New York
Community Foundation for South Central New York
Project partners:
United Way of Broome County     Building Brighter Futures for Broome


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