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July 3, 2019
Colorado built a system to measure child care quality. Now, it wants more providers to climb the ratings ladder.
Four years after Colorado launched a rating system for child care and preschool programs, a quarter of providers are considered high-quality.
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?
May 14, 2019
Preschool has enduring benefits for disadvantaged children — and their children, new research finds
It’s not just at-risk children who reap long-term educational and earnings benefits from high-quality preschool. It’s also their siblings and their eventual offspring.
April 17, 2019
Can pre-K help students, even if they don’t attend?
“Having students come into the classroom better prepared, that in and of itself is going to help all students,” said researcher Breyon Williams.
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 7, 2019
Denver’s district-run preschools could be closed next week. We have answers to your questions.
Here are more details about preschool cancellations in Denver if district teachers go on strike next week.
February 6, 2019
No school for district preschool students if Denver teachers strike
If Denver teachers strike next week, classes will be canceled for about 5,000 preschoolers who attend district schools.
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…
November 20, 2018
A fixture in Colorado’s early childhood scene prepares to step back – but not all the way
The longtime leader Clayton Early Learning in Denver reflects on the toughest decision she ever made, lagging early childhood investments, and Colorado's new governor.
cry for help
November 20, 2018
View from the child care trenches: ‘Those of us cleaning the poop are not making it’
Escalating costs, tougher rules and a critical shortage of qualified staffer endanger the survival of infant centers, day care programs, and community-based preschools.
November 7, 2018
School funding, pensions, pre-K: Here are 8 education issues J.B. Pritzker will face as governor
Steinmetz High School in northwest Chicago, where Emily Jade Aguilar graduated last year, had just four school counselors. In a school of more…
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.
September 27, 2018
This award-winning preschool teacher runs a top-ranked program out of her home. Just don’t call her a babysitter.
A preschool teacher talks about why she isn't a babysitter, how she handles challenging behavior, and how the community’s leading industry figures into the classroom.
September 25, 2018
She was principal at a struggling Denver charter. Now she teaches at the school that replaced it.
Cesar Chavez Academy and Rocky Mountain Prep worked together to try to make the transition smooth.
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