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September 10, 2019
Under one umbrella: Memphis coordinates preschool funding and evaluation to boost quality
A new countywide pre-K collaborative in Memphis hinges on data-driven results.
Asked and answered
September 6, 2019
7 questions for the Chicago commissioner in charge of a game-changing early learning expansion
"It’s not an us-versus-CPS thing. We are really partnering with them closely."
August 28, 2019
At least 4 Memphis mayor candidates say it’s time to put city money back into K-12 schools
Chalkbeat surveyed sent a seven-question survey to each of the 11 mayoral candidates so that voters can have a better sense of their education agendas.
August 27, 2019
Chicago promised her a new preschool building — then cut funding for the children
At least 30 early learning centers that serve more than 1,000 children across Chicago face deep cuts, according to a survey.
August 13, 2019
Indianapolis ends preschool program, leaving 3-year-olds without access to scholarships
Hundreds of 3-year-olds in Indianapolis will no longer qualify for preschool funding now that the city is ending its scholarship initiative.
August 9, 2019
With 8,000 vacancies across city pre-Ks, Lightfoot urges Chicago families to apply
With the start of school three weeks away, Mayor Lori Lightfoot took the podium at a West Humboldt Park center to urge more families to apply for preschool.
August 8, 2019
A new study questions whether Head Start still produces long-run gains seen in past research
“We’re using methods that have been accepted for a long time ... and now we’ve got a bunch of negative results,” said Dylan Lukes, a Harvard graduate student.
August 2, 2019
Pre-K benefits faded in Tennessee — but not for the reasons you think, says new study
A new study says long-lasting pre-K benefits depend on more than just the quality of the pre-K program.
July 23, 2019
At Chicago job fair, hundreds line up for a chance at support-staff jobs
People lined up outside of the gymnasium at Richard J. Daley College, seeking to fill many of the crucial positions that support teaching and learning.
Paying for pre-K
July 9, 2019
NYC and union officials hail move toward pay parity for pre-K teachers but some worry over educators left out of deal
Hundreds of New York City pre-K teachers could see their pay increased by as much as $20,000 under a deal announced Tuesday by city officials and labor leaders.
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 25, 2019
In the second year of statewide assessment, three out of four Illinois children still aren’t kindergarten ready
In 2017, Illinois spent an average of $15,337 per student in K-12 but only $3,306 for a child under age 6.
June 24, 2019
Funding approval will save 1,000 pre-K seats in Memphis
Shelby County commissioners signed off Monday on $2.5 million in new prekindergarten funding — replacing federal early childhood funds that are expiring June 30.
June 21, 2019
Many eligible families don’t use the Denver Preschool Program. The new CEO wants to change that.
As the new president and CEO of the Denver Preschool Program, Elsa Holguín wants to reach more families who are eligible for preschool tuition assistance.
June 20, 2019
Greg Jacobs made a film about early learning. He met exhausted parents and underpaid providers.
A new documentary from Chicago filmmaker Greg Jacobs takes a close look at early childhood education — highlighting the struggles of exhausted parents and providers.
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