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On My Way Pre-K
October 16, 2019
Amid key expansion, Indiana fills its On My Way Pre-K seats
After expanding statewide this year, Indiana’s prekindergarten program has filled all its seats — a significant milestone after facing challenges launching in new counties.
September 13, 2019
Here are the Indiana education stories we plan to cover this year — and how you can help
We at Chalkbeat Indiana want to be transparent about our coverage plans to hold ourselves accountable and seek your input, too.
August 22, 2019
Kindergarten has become a critical year of learning, but Indiana still doesn’t require it
For all of its importance, kindergarten is still not required in Indiana.
August 13, 2019
Indianapolis ends preschool program, leaving 3-year-olds without access to scholarships
Hundreds of 3-year-olds in Indianapolis will no longer qualify for preschool funding now that the city is ending its scholarship initiative.
June 28, 2019
Why a seemingly chaotic pre-K class may be the best kind
In pre-K, children are at the peak of brain development.
June 20, 2019
Children who go to preschool are better prepared for kindergarten. But is that enough?
Should Indiana worry about research on long-term results to justify an expansion, or should it stay focused on getting children ready for kindergarten?
June 11, 2019
‘Lost opportunity’: Most 4-year-olds are left out of Indiana’s preschool expansion
Whether your 3- or 4-year-old attends prekindergarten — and how good the experience is — can often largely depend on where you live and how much money you make.
May 31, 2019
You don’t have to go to kindergarten in Indiana. But educators say it ‘levels the playing field’
Children in Indiana don't have to go to kindergarten, and it’s only been in recent years that the state has placed more value on this early childhood experience.
Paying for pre-K
May 10, 2019
Indiana charter schools face hurdles to offering pre-K. But some have figured out a way.
A handful of Indiana charter schools have looked to creative partnerships in order to provide pre-K programs.
April 25, 2019
Looking to reach children statewide, Indiana expands its pre-K voucher program
It's a key expansion of what had been a limited pilot program only available in 20 counties -- but lawmakers aren't increasing funding for pre-K.
the youngest learners
April 17, 2019
National report downgrades Indiana for excluding some families from pre-K vouchers
NIEER's 2018 "State of Preschool" report lists Indiana as one of just six states that does not fund a preschool program, deeming On My Way Pre-K to be child care.
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.
December 21, 2018
6 issues to watch in Indiana education in 2019
Raising teacher pay quickly became the No. 1 issue in education in Indiana in 2018, setting up intense debates next year about exactly how to achieve higher salaries.
How I Lead
November 26, 2018
Why this Indianapolis principal worries about the children who don’t go to preschool
Wayne Township Preschool Principal Kathryn Raasch was recently named a 2018 National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
the youngest learners
October 24, 2018
Indiana lawmakers went to preschool. Here’s what they learned
Early childhood advocates want lawmakers to see how high-quality preschool can help children living in poverty, in the hopes of expanding access to pre-K next year.
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