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April 6, 2017
How a computer program designed for home-based preschool in Utah could get a piece of Indiana’s education budget
Upstart, a software program developed by the Utah Department of Education and the nonprofit Waterford, is at the center of the proposal.
July 2, 2015
Coalition's ambitious goal: improve and expand preschool in Indiana
The ultimate goal of the plan, advocates say, is to prepare the state for the possibility that a statewide preschool program could be widely expanded soon.
April 18, 2015
Panel: Partnerships, big and small, are key to preschool progress in Indianapolis
Preschool educators and policymakers gathered to talk about the future of preschool in Indianapolis, hosted by Chalkbeat in partnership with WFYI and Butler University.
April 16, 2015
Preschool is expanding, but practical challenges remain
An event Saturday at Butler University featuring the state's top preschool advocates hosted by Chalkbeat will shed light on the future direction of preschool in the state.
November 5, 2014
Mayor Ballard praises revived city preschool plan
Ballard released a statement today praising a new, revived agreement to fund a preschool program similar to the one he first proposed over the summer as part of a comprehensive plan to address the city's growing crime rate.
October 30, 2014
Record-breaking vocabulary lesson highlights preschool
About 230 Indianapolis preschoolers helped set a world record Thursday by taking part in the largest ever vocabulary lesson. It was part of an event to highlight early learning programs in 35 cities sponsored by PNC Bank.
October 16, 2014
Preschool advocates stunned Pence dropped bid for $80 million grant
Indiana's early childhood education advocates say they are "shocked" by Gov. Mike Pence's decision not to follow through on submitting a federal grant application that could have resulted in the state receiving $80 million to support preschool expansion efforts to benefit close to 2,000 low-income children.
October 2, 2014
Lilly invests $22.5 million to boost preschool in Indiana
Lilly Endowment Inc. announced today it will spend $22.5 million to help expand or open more high-quality preschools across Indiana. Part of the goal is to…
September 10, 2014
Democrats raise doubts about Ballard's preschool plan
Democrats who are wary of Mayor Greg Ballard's blockbuster $50 million proposal to help more children attend preschool across Indianapolis will offer their own preschool expansion plan later this month. But supporters of Ballard's plan say Democrats are playing politics and putting at risk a potentially huge benefit to poor Indianapolis children.
July 30, 2014
Ballard's education plan praised for boldness
Mayor Greg Ballard won praise today for his $50 million plan to combat crime with programs that aim to get kids in school sooner and keep them there longer. Under his proposal, city and private dollars would aim to send 1,300 more poor children to preschool, while also studying ways to reduce class time older students lose to suspension, expulsion or by dropping out of school.
May 30, 2014
Momentum for early learning picking up in Indianapolis
On top of IPS's fast growing preschool program, other high quality options appear poised to create more spaces for Indiana's youngest learners, as the state, public and private entities get more serious about funding preschool.
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