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Examining the push to get kids starting school strong.
A new floor
3 days ago
Colorado’s new minimum wage means raises for child care workers and tuition increases for parents
Colorado's new minimum wage of $10.20 an hour is a good step for the state's child care workers, but comes with a few wrinkles, early childhood advocates say.
Early childhood literacy
December 19, 2017
How to make a good reader? Combine in-school tutoring with hundreds of books for toddlers and babies
The is part of a state-wide push to help more children learn to read before a new state law forces schools to hold back third-graders who aren’t reading at grade level
December 19, 2017
Memphis gets back into education game with vote to fund pre-K classrooms
The measure, approved 11-0, did not provide a funding stream for the pre-K investment, but essentially holds Memphis to find a way to come up with $8 million.
December 12, 2017
To end child care deserts, it’s time to rethink care provided by family and friends, activists and experts say
Recognizing how widespread that type of care is and putting a renewed value on those providers could help close stubborn academic achievement gaps, the panel said.
December 6, 2017
Life in a child care desert: What one Denver neighborhood can teach us about solving a national problem
In the north Denver neighborhood of Elyria-Swansea, licensed child care is in short supply — a problem has sparked several efforts to alleviate the problem.
December 5, 2017
Memphis mayor endorses pre-K investments as City Council plans vote
The council will vote soon on whether to commit the city to coming up with at least $8 million to fill an impending gap in pre-K funding.
December 1, 2017
Will pre-K put the city of Memphis back in the education business?
Three members of the City Council plan to introduce a resolution to support expanding pre-K in Memphis.
November 29, 2017
A high-tech approach to boost language skills starts with infants in Detroit
Can an expensive program combining early intervention and technology beat back the reading gap?
November 10, 2017
Foundations put $50 million behind effort to improve lives of young Detroit children
The Kellogg and Kresge foundations announced they would each spend $25 million in the next few years to improve the health and education of children aged birth to 8 in the city.
November 9, 2017
In a city where 60 percent of young children live in poverty, a ten-year plan aims to improve conditions for kids
A coalition of community groups led by two major foundations has a plan to change the fortunes of Detroit’s youngest citizens.
November 6, 2017
As a major provider of Head Start exits the program, hundreds of vulnerable Detroit families brace for change
Most or all of the Southwest Solutions Head Start programs will be transferred to other operators but their ability to smoothly transfer students is uncertain, adding stress to the lives of families already in crisis.
All over the map
October 19, 2017
What do children need to know when they start kindergarten? You might be surprised
Early childhood leaders in Larimer County created a parent guide on kindergarten readiness after finding wide variations in what parents and teachers expect from kids.
October 18, 2017
How a Memphis pre-K giant is changing the way early childhood educators are taught
About 500 Memphis teachers will go through Porter-Leath’s training this year in an effort to boost the quality of early education instruction.
October 12, 2017
Here are the next districts where New York City will start offering preschool for 3-year-olds
Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he wants to make 3-K available to every family who wants it by 2021.
Enter to win
October 11, 2017
Denver organization to launch national prize for early childhood innovation
A Denver-based investment group will soon launch a national contest meant to help scale up great ideas in the early childhood field.
October 6, 2017
This Colorado ski town had an early childhood education crisis. Here’s what local leaders did about it.
A growing number of initiatives across Colorado use public money — usually gleaned from local property tax or sales tax — to improve child care and preschool options.
October 2, 2017
Memphis early education giant merges with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library affiliate
In an effort to bolster early literacy, the city's leading provider of early childhood education for poor children adds home book delivery to its services.
leveling the playing field
September 28, 2017
Amid questions and confusion, DPS axes advanced kindergarten program in bid for greater equity
Denver Public Schools is eliminating its advanced kindergarten program because of declining enrollment in the program and because it serves disproportionate numbers of white and higher-income students.
'class of 2031'
September 22, 2017
An earlier start: Once rare, more Denver charter schools are embracing preschool
A growing number of Denver youngsters are attending preschools run by the city's charter schools, including one in the KIPP charter network.
September 19, 2017
Who benefits from Head Start? Kids who attend — and their kids, too
It’s the latest signal that a substantial investment in early childhood education, particularly when paired with well-funded K-12 schools, can have long-lasting benefits.
Wanna go outside?
September 15, 2017
Less plastic, more trees: New effort seeks to reinvent preschool playgrounds and capture kids’ imaginations
The idea behind a new early childhood grant program is to create outdoor spaces that capture kids’ imagination, connect them with nature and keep them active.
September 11, 2017
New York City wants to know: How effective is its training for pre-K teachers?
The NYU study will use measures of student behavior and third-grade test scores to track the impact of the city’s different teacher training programs.
September 11, 2017
For a struggling Colorado school district, full-day preschool — and the unusual way it’s paid for — shows promise
Promising first-year results from a study of full-day preschool in Westminster Public Schools have stoked optimism about a new financing mechanism officials are testing.
August 17, 2017
Tennessee wants to boost third-grade literacy. Here’s why it’s looking to early childhood education as the answer.
Tennessee has been waging war on illiteracy for years but is increasingly zeroing in on early childhood ed as the best platform for boosting children’s reading skills.
(Very) early education
August 15, 2017
Bank Street heads to East New York to help child care providers play to their strengths
The Guttman Center wants to help child care providers solve problems and improve their care.
August 8, 2017
Reading, writing and soap suds: The unusual new program that teaches kids while their parents do the wash
As educators increasingly recognize that teaching children during traditional school hours is simply not enough, Libraries Without Borders and its local partners have been experimenting with bringing literacy programs to places like laundromats.
By the numbers
August 7, 2017
Highs and lows from New York City’s annual school surveys of parents, students and teachers
It’s hard to make year-to-year comparisons of the data because of changes to the questions and given responses.
July 28, 2017
It’s hard to find qualified early childhood teachers. Here’s what one Denver provider is doing about it.
Child care centers across Colorado have a hard time finding qualified staff. A new effort by one Denver provider aims to help remedy the problem.
3-K for All
July 27, 2017
New York City has sent its first offer letters for 3-K for All. Here’s a look at the new pre-K initiative by the numbers.
Today was a milestone in New York City’s effort to make free, full-day pre-K available to 3-year-olds: The first round of offer letters went out…
3-K for All
July 18, 2017
New York City’s 3-K For All preschool program starts this fall. Here are five things we know so far.
It's starting small, charter schools can't participate, and options are limited for families looking for accessible buildings.
July 14, 2017
Why a Colorado researcher believes preschool students should learn — and play — with math
Doug Clements, executive director of DU’s Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, says early math instruction is a gateway to later academic success.
July 13, 2017
Who is that giving advice to parents of young children? Why, it’s a lead singer of the Flobots.
A lead singer for the Flobots, a popular Denver hip-hop group, stars in a new series of videos meant to help parents give their young children a strong start.
July 11, 2017
Colorado highlighted in national report on easing transition from preschool to kindergarten
When kids arrive in kindergarten, teachers often lack essential information about how they’re doing. Can they take turns? Do they know their letters? Are they…
July 7, 2017
Closure of Clayton Early Learning center in far northeast Denver exposes pain points in early childhood care
Last week's announcement that a highly regarded Denver child care provider is closing one site stems from the chronic underfunding of early childhood programs, experts say.
June 29, 2017
Families scramble as highly regarded Clayton Early Learning closes center, limits program eligibility
Clayton Early Learning will close its far northeast center and cease to provide programming for tuition-paying families and families receiving a state childcare subsidy.
Paying for pre-K
June 29, 2017
With clock ticking on federal pre-K grant, districts in Shelby County and Nashville explore next steps
Tennessee's $70 million federal grant to expand pre-K offerings in five districts will dry up in 2019.
June 16, 2017
Threats, attacks and thrown chairs: DPS fields concerns about effort to reduce early childhood suspensions
Denver Public Schools educators detail threats and attacks by explosive young students as district officials consider a new early childhood discipline policy.
The haves and have-nots
June 14, 2017
How generous private donations have created a tale of two pre-Ks in Detroit
The tale of two pre-Ks at the Carver STEM Academy is a problem well known in high-poverty school districts like Detroit that rely on the generosity of corporate and philanthropic donations to pick up where government resources leave off.
An early promise
June 12, 2017
Gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis wants to make preschool and full-day kindergarten free. That could prove tough.
Congressman Jared Polis is the latest Democrat with deep ties to the state’s education community to announce his bid for Colorado governor.
June 12, 2017
A powerful pairing: Pre-K boosts future incomes and reduces risk of jail, especially when schools spend more
Why do some early childhood programs produce big benefits for students, but others don’t? It may have a lot to do with money.
join the club
June 7, 2017
These 15 Indiana counties can now join the state’s effort to pay for preschool for poor 4-year-olds
Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties will continue to participate.
June 6, 2017
New York City is finally releasing its school diversity plan. Here’s what it says about pre-K and middle school admissions
Whether either change will lead to significant integration is an open question.
May 31, 2017
For the first time, Tennessee awards pre-K funding based on quality, not quantity
The awards will go to nearly 95 percent of Tennessee's 146 districts to serve at-risk 4-year-olds.
May 25, 2017
Meet Colorado’s resident expert on early childhood mental health
Colorado's director of early childhood mental health talks about her background and how the state is helping parents and child care providers when kids act out.
May 24, 2017
Colorado gets good marks on preschool access for 3-year-olds, not so much on funding
While Colorado is near the back of the pack for preschool funding, it gets high marks for offering preschool access to the state’s 3-year-olds, according to a new report.
digging into discipline
May 19, 2017
Jeffco Public Schools suspended an average of four young students a day last year — and district officials are paying attention
Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado's second largest school district, hands out many more suspensions to early elementary students than most other large districts.
(Very) early education
May 16, 2017
With a major but little-noticed move, New York City signals that learning starts at birth
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans last month to extend pre-K to 3-year-olds, a massive expansion of his popular Pre-K for All program. But…
May 16, 2017
Amid Colorado’s push to get child care providers to seek higher ratings, some say, ‘No thanks’
Some child care providers say earning higher marks on Colorado's quality rating scale takes time and money they don't have — and won't benefit them anyway.
May 12, 2017
Colorado schools were a hot topic at the state Capitol this year. Here’s what lawmakers did.
Colorado lawmakers this week are celebrating major education-related policy wins, including finding more money for public schools. This year’s legislative session, which ended Wednesday,…
May 8, 2017
Lawmakers want more research before they spend big on preschool. When it comes to vouchers, there’s no such hesitation.
Both issues were heavily debated in the recent legislative session.
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