Education news. In context.
Diversity & Equity
Politics & Policy
Teaching & Classroom
Student & School Performance
Leadership & Management
Charters & Choice
Find a Job
How to be a Chalkbeat source
Republish Our Stories
Code of Ethics
Our News Partners
Work with Us
May 10, 2019
‘Crisis nursery’ off the table in Grand Junction as project leaders look to legislation
Early childhood advocates in western Colorado envisioned opening a free 24-hour "crisis nursery," but problems getting a state license has derailed the effort for now.
February 9, 2019
To ease child care crunch in a Denver strike, Colorado regulators will waive certain rules
Preschools with a little extra room may be able to get emergency waivers to accept early childhood program students from Denver Public Schools in the…
February 7, 2019
Denver’s district-run preschools could be closed next week. We have answers to your questions.
Here are more details about preschool cancellations in Denver if district teachers go on strike next week.
cradle to college
November 26, 2018
New York City aims for diversity, easier enrollment as education department moves to oversee programs starting in infancy
New York City is moving closer toward an overhaul of its early child care system that will put the education department in charge…
November 20, 2018
A fixture in Colorado’s early childhood scene prepares to step back – but not all the way
The longtime leader Clayton Early Learning in Denver reflects on the toughest decision she ever made, lagging early childhood investments, and Colorado's new governor.
cry for help
November 20, 2018
View from the child care trenches: ‘Those of us cleaning the poop are not making it’
Escalating costs, tougher rules and a critical shortage of qualified staffer endanger the survival of infant centers, day care programs, and community-based preschools.
November 7, 2018
School funding, pensions, pre-K: Here are 8 education issues J.B. Pritzker will face as governor
Steinmetz High School in northwest Chicago, where Emily Jade Aguilar graduated last year, had just four school counselors. In a school of more…
the starting line
October 29, 2018
Chalkbeat’s launching a newsletter all about early childhood. Sign up here.
As the Chalkbeat team has grown, so has early childhood coverage. Now, we’re making a bigger investment in the topic with a monthly newsletter called The Starting Line.
October 23, 2018
In Illinois, child care costs eclipse rent, making it one of least affordable states
Illinois is one of the 15 least affordable states in the country for child care.
October 11, 2018
In a tough business, startups vie to become the Uber and Lyft of child care
A growing cadre of companies aim to attract thousands of home-based child care providers to a notoriously tough field by making the job easier and more lucrative.
October 10, 2018
90 days until no paycheck: Time running out for Illinois child-care providers in subsidy program
It’s hard to dispute the importance of training child-care providers on how to administer CPR or how to properly report suspected child abuse.
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.
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.
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.
In your inbox.
Chalkbeat New York
How I Teach
Rise & Shine Colorado
Rise & Shine Detroit
Rise & Shine Indiana
Rise & Shine Tennessee
The Starting Line