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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.
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.
year in review
December 21, 2017
Early childhood discipline, child care deserts and funding challenges in the spotlight during 2017
Amid national debate on the disproportionate number of suspensions given out to young boys of color, Colorado lawmakers grappled with discipline policy in 2017.
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.
August 23, 2017
New York City child care centers are serving more infants, but for poor families seats are scarce
It remains to be seen whether the city will find a way to increase the capacity for this age group in centers.
(Very) early education
August 15, 2017
Bank Street heads to East New York to help child care providers play to their strengths
The Guttman Center wants to help child care providers solve problems and improve their care.
June 14, 2017
Can ‘3-K for All’ and child care centers work and play well together? Here’s what we know
To avoid the same problems that child care centers faced when enrolling 4-year-olds, directors say that DOE will need to do things differently.
November 17, 2016
How a Nashville charter group is changing to keep its teachers for the long haul
RePublic Schools adopts family-friendly staffing policies that include shorter school days and a child care spending credit.
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