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Early Childhood Education
November 28, 2018
The difference a year makes: As New York City expands pre-K for 3-year-olds, schools adapt
With a classroom full of squirming 3-year-olds, Kristal Torres at P.S. 277 in the Bronx keeps morning routines short. On a recent fall…
We'll come to you
November 12, 2018
They started as an experiment in rural areas. Now, mobile preschools are rolling into metro Denver.
Advocates say mobile preschools represent a valuable school readiness initiative for young children cut off from traditional early education experiences.
Testing the Candidates
November 1, 2018
Care about education? A Chalkbeat voter guide to the Illinois governor’s race
Between the candidates’ barbs, and the back-and-forth over tax breaks and toilets, the candidates for Illinois governor have occasionally been spotted talking real…
October 11, 2018
Three big differences on Tennessee education between Dean and Lee
While the first two debates have been polite and cordial, sharp differences are emerging on hot-button education issues in the race to be governor.
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.
October 10, 2018
Rise & Shine: What the U.S. can learn from other countries’ approach to early-childhood education
DO SOMETHING In a speech to the Hispanic Education Summit on Tuesday, schools Chancellor Carranza said the city was “getting ready to do…
leading the state
September 18, 2018
Three things we heard at a gubernatorial candidates forum on early childhood
A gubernatorial candidates forum Monday highlighted some of the big early childhood ideas championed by each campaign, but also left plenty of unanswered questions.
Back to school
Updated September 5, 2018
Emanuel touts pre-kindergarten, but will his envisioned $175 million initiative survive him?
Emanuel’s $20 million plan this year offers 3,700 free pre-K seats to low-income families and will boost the number steadily until every 4-year-old has access to pre-K.
Asked and answered
August 9, 2018
Longtime advocate (and current First Lady) Diana Rauner sizes up the challenges ahead for early education in Illinois
Fluent in the languages of developmental psychology (her Ph.D., from the University of Chicago) and finance (her MBA, from Stanford University), Illinois First…
How I Teach
July 30, 2018
This Chicago preschool teacher is touting an alternative to the traditional playground
Here, in a feature we call How I Teach, we ask educators who’ve been recognized for their work how they approach their jobs.
May 18, 2018
A growing Jeffco program trains future early childhood workers while they’re still in high school
A new training program at a Jefferson County high school seeks to help cultivate the early childhood workforce of the future.
April 30, 2018
Text messages, toiletries, and backpacks: Indiana gets creative with pre-K outreach in rural areas
Indiana is spending $22 million to double the number of children served by On My Way Pre-K and reach 15 additional counties, many of them rural.
February 19, 2018
Indiana education is evolving. Here’s how Chalkbeat is growing to keep you informed.
How we're striving to provide strong, independent, in-depth coverage of efforts to improve public education for all kids, especially those from low-income families.
February 6, 2018
Mayor calls for more science, early education in Memphis-area schools
In his last State of the County address, the two-term Republican mayor and former sheriff urged investments in local education.
3-K for All
February 2, 2018
Coming to a district near you: As city expands pre-K for 3-year-olds, Mayor de Blasio urges families to sign up
Riding the heels of an announcement that New York City will move more quickly to make free preschool…
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