A task force charged with improving early childhood education in Kentucky is recommending the state develop a model curriculum for preschool programs and implement a screening tool for children entering kindergarten, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader. The Task Force on Early Childhood Development and Education released its findings Monday at a news conference in Frankfort. The group made eight recommendations that it said would strengthen Kentucky's childhood education system. Gov. Steve Beshear convened the task force in February 2009.

The 28-member panel also recommended that the state adopt and distribute a universal school readiness definition to local communities and develop a governing...

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