BUILDING BLOCKS A new program run by Bank Street College of Education is meeting community-based child care providers where they are — and helping them improve. Chalkbeat

OPEN LETTER Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz sent a letter to staff and families Tuesday criticizing board chair Dan Loeb for his racially charged Facebook comment about state Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins — but also defending him. Chalkbeat, New York Post

TOUGH WORDS Former schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott waded into the Loeb fray, saying “words can undermine the success of an organization.” Politico

HOMELESS STUDENTS A new study finds that, if current trends continue, 1 in 7 New York City public school students will be homeless at some point during elementary school. New York Times

TEACHING RACE A recent conference at Columbia University’s Teachers College taught teachers how to grapple with race and social justice in the classroom. Village Voice, Chalkbeat Aug. 4

TRAINING TEACHERS Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College is launching a program to train educators at both their own Brooklyn campus and at partner colleges in the Caribbean. Village Voice

KIDS IN NEED Opinion: Too many young children are going without the mental health services they require. New York Daily News

GIVE ME AN A Stuyvesant High School’s cheerleading squad is raising money to compete at a national tournament in Orlando, Florida. NY1

CHARTER STUDY A new survey found that Americans’ support for charter schools dropped sharply over the past year, from 51 percent to 39 percent. Chalkbeat

TEACHING TIPS Educators share their advice for talking with students about what happened in Charlottesville. Chalkbeat

TOTAL ECLIPSE Educators around the country are getting ready for next week’s “Great American Eclipse.” Chalkbeat

HIGH-SPEED PRESCHOOL In districts across the country with a shortage of free preschool slots, some are offering summer crash courses for young students instead. The Atlantic