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lllinois weighs how to rebuild child care program that saw exodus of children, caregivers
Illinois plans to embark on a marketing campaign to woo more families into its child care assistance program — and, in some cases, lure back providers who dropped out.
June 12, 2019
A law made it harder to expel Illinois preschoolers. But it’s been slow to catch on.
A third of providers interviewed for a new study reported inaccurate information about Illinois' law. Nearly 20% said they didn’t know the law existed.
June 10, 2019
I’m a longtime education advocate. Here’s why I’m hopeful about Chicago’s next chapter.
In my time in Chicago, I certainly have not witnessed anything this broad, this inclusive, or this deliberate to make sure diverse voices in our city are heard.
May 31, 2019
‘I don’t understand how it works’: Parents voice frustration during decision week for Chicago preschool
Over the course of a 1½-hour meeting Thursday, emotions ran high as parents described frustration at the system, particularly the central application.
Asked and answered
May 30, 2019
Here are 12 things Chicago parents want to know about universal pre-K
Parents asked — and we answered — questions about enrollment, curricula, half-day programs, naps, and more.
May 22, 2019
Chicago to shelve free pre-K at popular Lincoln Park magnet school
Trimming back a yearslong benefit for families in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, the Chicago school district has proposed charging parents nearly $14,000 a year.
April 22, 2019
Chicago will start taking universal pre-K applications on April 30
Even as universal pre-K expands the number of free seats, Chicago families still encounter a complex menu of options depending on where they live.
April 17, 2019
Illinois is doing better by its youngest learners — but it’s reaching too few of them
After losing ground for many years in early education compared with other states, Illinois has started to play catch-up by boosting funding for…
March 22, 2019
Big day for preschool: Illinois governor says state universal pre-K coming in 4 years; Chicago invests $77 million in early learning
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he expects Illinois would have universal preschool for 4-year-olds in 4 years. Next year, Chicago will add more than 100 pre-kindergarten classes
Asked and answered
March 20, 2019
Four questions for Chelsea Clinton about expanding early learning in cities
Visiting Chicago on Wednesday to help boost attention for literacy programs in laundromats, Chelsea Clinton said that her efforts were inspired in…
March 20, 2019
Here’s why Chelsea Clinton came to Chicago to visit a laundromat
The former first daughter visited a Hermosa laundromat to bring wider attention to a program championed through her family foundation’s Too Small to Fail initiative.
Updated March 12, 2019
Across Illinois, littlest children face some form of ‘high risk,’ new report says
Illinois spends less than 5 percent of its budget on children under 5, two-thirds of whom live in counties where they face high risks to their health or development.
February 20, 2019
Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker plows $100 million more into early ed — but no universal preschool this year
“Investing in early childhood is the single most important education policy decision government can make," Pritzker said Wednesday.
Race for mayor
February 11, 2019
How to help Chicago’s younger learners? Mayoral frontrunners skip a chance to say.
Chicago is in the first year of a four-year universal pre-kindergarten rollout, and the city’s next mayor will determine much of the fate of the program.
city hall watch
February 6, 2019
Why Rahm Emanuel’s rollout of universal pre-K has Chicago preschool providers worried
Rahm Emanuel’s big-budget, top-down expansion of public preschool has provoked high anxiety among community providers.
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