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Examining the push to get kids starting school strong.
August 14, 2018
Mike Pence passed up a big federal preschool grant. Now Indiana could have a second shot
Early childhood advocates are waiting to see if Indiana’s current governor will pursue federal funds — which could be a key piece of making pre-K more broadly available.
Asked and answered
August 9, 2018
Longtime advocate (and current First Lady) Diana Rauner sizes up the challenges ahead for early education in Illinois
Fluent in the languages of developmental psychology (her Ph.D., from the University of Chicago) and finance (her MBA, from Stanford University), Illinois First…
August 1, 2018
Trauma can make it hard for kids to learn. Here’s how teachers learn to deal with that.
There’s no debating that childhood trauma seriously impacts how students learn. Researchers have tied stressful events such as divorces, deportations, neglect,…
July 31, 2018
Can in-house child care keep young teachers in the classroom? These districts want to find out.
To help attract and retain teachers, school districts in Colorado and the nation are increasingly offering in-house child care to district employees.
July 30, 2018
For Michigan’s 3- and 4-year-olds with special needs, ‘it’s hard’ to find a place to learn
Why it's so hard to get toddlers with special needs in school.
July 26, 2018
How much do children benefit from preschool? Ask this Indianapolis kindergarten teacher
In the growing conversation about expanding early learning opportunities in Indiana, a central question is: Is preschool worth it?
the youngest learners
July 12, 2018
How social studies can help young students make sense of the world
Civic engagement matters today more than ever, yet social studies in the early grades are sidelined. Educators sometimes seek help outside of school.
the youngest learners
July 11, 2018
Will new standards improve elementary science education?
Science has rarely been considered a priority in elementary school, but that may be changing.
the youngest learners
July 10, 2018
How to help struggling young readers
Children who can’t read well by third grade are more likely to drop out. Research-based coaching could make a critical difference.
the youngest learners
July 9, 2018
In Berwyn, learning how to boost math skills in the early grades
Early math skills get far less attention than literacy in high-poverty classrooms. One Illinois school district is working to change that.
July 6, 2018
How one small Indiana city sees child care as a potential economic driver
In Indiana, a popular argument for expanding early childhood education relies on the workforce benefits.
The Right Resources
July 3, 2018
‘We didn’t have options’: A new Staten Island charter school aims to fill a gap for students with dyslexia
The elementary school was approved by the Board of Regents in June, and it’s set to be the first charter school in the state — and among only a few public schools nationwide — devoted to educating children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities.
June 28, 2018
New grant aims to bring programs like arts and nutrition to Detroit preschools and childcare facilities
The funds are one strategy to address a critical shortage of quality early childhood facilities in Detroit where an estimated 28,000 young children don’t have access to quality care.
June 27, 2018
VIDEO: How a Detroit preschool teacher tries to meet her students’ needs
Chalkbeat spoke with Bruce as part of a “story booth” series that invites students, educators and parents to discuss their experiences in Detroit schools. Do you know someone who has a story to share? Reach out to us.
June 5, 2018
No walls: Forest preschools let kids run free, but can they change to reach diverse families?
Two states are working to create rules for "forest preschools," a move that could expand the model's footprint and open the way for low-income families to participate.
May 31, 2018
Shelby County Commissioners reveal tentative plan to fully fund pre-K for families who can’t afford it
County government could add an additional $2.5 million for pre-K for the new fiscal year starting on July 1, according to a new recommendation.
May 18, 2018
A growing Jeffco program trains future early childhood workers while they’re still in high school
A new training program at a Jefferson County high school seeks to help cultivate the early childhood workforce of the future.
May 9, 2018
Colorado schools gave out nearly 1,800 suspensions to young students with disabilities last year
A Chalkbeat analysis shows that in Colorado last year, special education students in kindergarten through second grade received a disproportionate number of suspensions.
May 3, 2018
Tennessee continues funding for 900 free pre-K classrooms. How many will be in your district?
Tennessee will dole out $86 million in state funding next school year to maintain more than 900 free preschool classrooms. The awards, announced Thursday by…
April 30, 2018
Text messages, toiletries, and backpacks: Indiana gets creative with pre-K outreach in rural areas
Indiana is spending $22 million to double the number of children served by On My Way Pre-K and reach 15 additional counties, many of them rural.
April 25, 2018
Preschool funding for students with disabilities hasn’t changed in Indiana since 1991
Across the state, 13,066 students qualify for special education preschool services.
April 24, 2018
Report says Tennessee’s pre-K program needs consistent monitoring and more rigor to get better
Tennessee met only five of 10 quality benchmarks designed by a national advocacy organization that recently released its annual preschool report.
April 23, 2018
From reading to breastfeeding, Detroit dads learn how to engage with their pre-K children
Although he grew up without a father or male role model, Dwayne Walker is the kind of dad who goes on his 5-year-old…
April 19, 2018
Despite top scores in quality standards, Michigan’s early education programs neglect English language learners
Michigan’s 4-year-olds receive some of the highest quality education and care available in the country — that is, if your child can speak…
April 18, 2018
Colorado’s state preschool program doesn’t serve English learners well, report finds
Colorado’s public preschool program fails to meet most targets for effectively serving young English learners, according to a new state-by-state report released today.
April 18, 2018
Why Indiana ranks second to last in the nation for access to its pre-K program
State leaders noted the state’s recent expansion of pre-K wasn’t reflected in the report.
April 9, 2018
In this program, artists help prepare children for kindergarten — and their teachers learn, too
Artists help students—and their teachers—learn with songs and stories
April 3, 2018
7 things to know about how Colorado schools punish their youngest students
As educators debate harsh school discipline nationwide, here's a look at which Colorado districts are suspending young children at the highest rates.
try try again
March 29, 2018
Will there be another legislative push to limit early childhood suspensions in Colorado? Not this year.
A year after a state bill to curb suspensions of young students died in the legislature, advocates have decided not to bring forward a new version.
March 26, 2018
Nonprofit charged with getting Memphis’ youngest students kindergarten-ready says city’s $6 million is just the start
The city of Memphis recently pledged $6 million for pre-kindergarten seats. But it's just a drop in the bucket of a $40 million pre-K plan.
March 26, 2018
Child care substitutes are in short supply. A new Colorado law could make them a little easier to find.
The bill could make it easier for child care centers to staff their classrooms when regular teachers are absent.
March 8, 2018
Three years in, an ambitious experiment to improve the odds for kids at one elementary school is scaling back
After three years, an ambitious project meant to change the trajectories of young children at one high-poverty elementary school is scaling back.
March 1, 2018
Colorado could get its first 24/7 child care facility for families in crisis
The Grand Valley Crisis Nursery would provide free short-term care for young children whose parents are experiencing emergencies or periods of high stress.
February 28, 2018
Most Detroit kindergartners miss too much school. They’ll likely struggle to read later.
Truancy might bring to mind teenagers skipping class to hang out with their friends or play video games, but in Detroit, it’s the…
(Very) early education
February 26, 2018
Michigan’s governor wants to catch young students before they fall behind
Federal money currently pays for that program, but for the first time, Gov. Rick Snyder wants to add $5 million more in state funds to make it available to more families.
hope on the horizon
February 15, 2018
With promise of new federal money, more low-income Colorado families could get help with child care
Thousands of additional Colorado families might be able to pay for child care if a federal spending bill due in March fulfills the pledge of a recent budget deal.
February 9, 2018
A giant leap: How one Colorado community plans to double its child care spots in three years
Leaders in Mesa County want to tackle everything from low test scores to employment problems by improving early childhood care, but there are serious challenges ahead.
Head Start restart
February 1, 2018
Months after ‘scary’ disruption, Detroit Head Start programs get new management, make room for additional kids
Although four sites were closed in the process, Head Start providers not only created enough programs for the children who were displaced, but classrooms were added to serve even more, enough to eventually enroll 600 children.
January 29, 2018
Bill to incentivize giving to Colorado child care providers advances
A bill that would extend a state tax credit that incentivizes donations to Colorado child care providers passed the House Finance Committee on Monday.
January 26, 2018
Coaches in the classroom: How Colorado preschools are upping their teaching game
Coaching is increasingly being used to help child care and preschool teachers — and the centers where they work — improve.
January 26, 2018
Economically integrated early childhood settings are good for kids, yet they are rare
All children can benefit from socioeconomically diverse classes, one major study found, but few have access to them in preschool.
January 23, 2018
After an early childhood overhaul, paying families are bringing diversity to some New York City child care centers
New York City's recent early childhood overhaul might inadvertently have laid the groundwork for integration in its highly segregated early childhood programs.
A new floor
January 19, 2018
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?
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