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Early Childhood Education
February 14, 2019
As lawmakers consider major preschool expansion, Colorado providers want more than just extra seats
With Gov. Jared Polis’ plan to expand Colorado’s state-funded preschool program, many early childhood educators are hoping for more flexibility along with new slots.
February 4, 2019
In the push to extend mayoral control of schools, de Blasio highlights new pre-K dual language programs
New York City will open 47 new dual-language programs for pre-K students, an announcement that Mayor Bill de Blasio used as an opportunity…
January 24, 2019
Kindergarten classes are getting more academic. New research says the kids are all right.
Kindergarten isn’t what it used to be — and that might not be a bad thing.
Making the grade
January 23, 2019
New York City gets a gold medal for pre-K quality and access, new report finds
New York City’s pre-K program earns high marks when it comes to quality and access, according to a new report that ranks early…
January 23, 2019
New pre-K report gives Memphis bronze medal, Nashville gold
A new report on quality and access to early education programs across the country gives Memphis a bronze medal, mainly for providing prekindergarten…
January 16, 2019
Testing, vouchers, and pre-K: Tennessee legislature’s new ed leader weighs in
A Q&A with Rep. Mark White, the new chairman of Tennessee's powerful House Education Committee
November 28, 2018
The difference a year makes: As New York City expands pre-K for 3-year-olds, schools adapt
With a classroom full of squirming 3-year-olds, Kristal Torres at P.S. 277 in the Bronx keeps morning routines short. On a recent fall…
We'll come to you
November 12, 2018
They started as an experiment in rural areas. Now, mobile preschools are rolling into metro Denver.
Advocates say mobile preschools represent a valuable school readiness initiative for young children cut off from traditional early education experiences.
Testing the Candidates
November 1, 2018
Care about education? A Chalkbeat voter guide to the Illinois governor’s race
Between the candidates’ barbs, and the back-and-forth over tax breaks and toilets, the candidates for Illinois governor have occasionally been spotted talking real…
October 11, 2018
Three big differences on Tennessee education between Dean and Lee
While the first two debates have been polite and cordial, sharp differences are emerging on hot-button education issues in the race to be governor.
October 10, 2018
90 days until no paycheck: Time running out for Illinois child-care providers in subsidy program
It’s hard to dispute the importance of training child-care providers on how to administer CPR or how to properly report suspected child abuse.
October 10, 2018
Rise & Shine: What the U.S. can learn from other countries’ approach to early-childhood education
DO SOMETHING In a speech to the Hispanic Education Summit on Tuesday, schools Chancellor Carranza said the city was “getting ready to do…
leading the state
September 18, 2018
Three things we heard at a gubernatorial candidates forum on early childhood
A gubernatorial candidates forum Monday highlighted some of the big early childhood ideas championed by each campaign, but also left plenty of unanswered questions.
Back to school
Updated September 5, 2018
Emanuel touts pre-kindergarten, but will his envisioned $175 million initiative survive him?
Emanuel’s $20 million plan this year offers 3,700 free pre-K seats to low-income families and will boost the number steadily until every 4-year-old has access to pre-K.
Asked and answered
August 9, 2018
Longtime advocate (and current First Lady) Diana Rauner sizes up the challenges ahead for early education in Illinois
Fluent in the languages of developmental psychology (her Ph.D., from the University of Chicago) and finance (her MBA, from Stanford University), Illinois First…
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