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Race for mayor
February 11, 2019
How to help Chicago’s younger learners? Mayoral frontrunners skip a chance to say.
Chicago is in the first year of a four-year universal pre-kindergarten rollout, and the city’s next mayor will determine much of the fate of the program.
February 9, 2019
To ease child care crunch in a Denver strike, Colorado regulators will waive certain rules
Preschools with a little extra room may be able to get emergency waivers to accept early childhood program students from Denver Public Schools in the…
February 8, 2019
As pre-K expands in Indiana, slow sign-ups lead to millions in leftover state funding
Expanding On My Way Pre-K has been slower than hoped, Indiana officials said, in part due to the challenge of introducing the new program in rural counties.
city hall watch
February 6, 2019
Why Rahm Emanuel’s rollout of universal pre-K has Chicago preschool providers worried
Rahm Emanuel’s big-budget, top-down expansion of public preschool has provoked high anxiety among community providers.
hot off the presses
January 23, 2019
A silver medal for Detroit pre-K. Now where are the kids?
Detroit has earned a silver rating, the second-highest possible, in a national ranking of urban preschool programs published Wednesday. But the report by…
a day in lansing
January 22, 2019
More ABCs, fewer sacrifices: These Detroit parents know how Michigan lawmakers can improve early childhood education.
As advocates gear up for a fight over Michigan's budget for early childhood education, parents visited the state capital to make their case.
Chicago mayor's race
January 16, 2019
In Chicago, mayoral hopeful Lori Lightfoot’s education plan: 4 big ideas
She’s not considered a frontrunner. But Lightfoot's ideas provide fodder for discussion of some critical education issues that have taken a back seat in the race.
January 10, 2019
One answer to Illinois’ dire preschool teacher shortage: men
In Illinois, women predominantly make up the early education workforce, with men counting for fewer than 2 percent of licensed teachers.
January 4, 2019
Amid questions over new transit program, de Blasio downplays challenges of rolling out universal pre-K
De Blasio appeared to downplay universal pre-K as he faced questions about why the rollout of a new low-income transit program won’t be immediately accessible to every low-income New Yorker.
January 3, 2019
Questions loom as education department prepares to put itself in charge of early childhood programs
The New York City education department is gearing up for a high-stakes takeover of publicly funded early childhood programs, and care providers have…
December 14, 2018
Head of Denver Preschool Program resigning after more than five years
During Jennifer Landrum's tenure, Denver voters increased the sales tax that supports the program, which provides preschool tuition subsidies.
December 4, 2018
New early learning initiative brings Sesame Street lessons into Memphis classrooms
Dozens of grown-ups crowded into a meeting room Tuesday at an early childhood center in Memphis to celebrate a new partner in educating the city’s…
education power players
November 27, 2018
Signaling a city-state thaw, Pritzker names Chicago schools chief to transition team
Pritzker’s appointment of Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson to his education team sets a more collegial tone in the relationship between Chicago and Springfield.
the starting line
October 29, 2018
Chalkbeat’s launching a newsletter all about early childhood. Sign up here.
As the Chalkbeat team has grown, so has early childhood coverage. Now, we’re making a bigger investment in the topic with a monthly newsletter called The Starting Line.
Making ends meet
October 25, 2018
State childcare program loses providers and children as deadline looms
Despite a looming deadline that could deprive thousands of young children of day care, Illinois has made scant progress on ensuring providers…
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