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Early Childhood Education
May 5, 2015
Video: Experts discuss challenges of Indianapolis preschool expansion
Preschool options are growing in Indianapolis and statewide, but real practical challenges remain before early education advocates say the state will have an infrastructure it can be proud of.
January 12, 2015
Ferebee: Low expectations are a stubborn obstacle for IPS
A surprising number of Ferebee's biggest changes so far have connected to that theme of higher expectations — for the administration, for teachers, for students and even for the wider Indianapolis community. But those expectations work both ways. Halfway through his second year leading IPS, questions remain about how well matched Ferebee's ambitions for IPS are to those of a newly-elected, reform-minded school board. He also knows he has work to do to involve parents and grow grassroots level support for his approach.
October 27, 2014
72 percent of Coloradans say middle class families should receive help to pay for early learning
That’s how Watney reacted to a new poll that found majorities of Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated Colorado voters support investments in early childhood programs — including teacher…
October 16, 2014
Preschool advocates stunned Pence dropped bid for $80 million grant
Indiana's early childhood education advocates say they are "shocked" by Gov. Mike Pence's decision not to follow through on submitting a federal grant application that could have resulted in the state receiving $80 million to support preschool expansion efforts to benefit close to 2,000 low-income children.
September 25, 2014
Shortage of options for working parents seeking quality child care
A new report from Qualistar Colorado reveals that working parents may have few options when it comes to finding licensed care for their young children.
September 15, 2014
Chalkbeat reporting so far on Mayor Greg Ballard's preschool plan
In late July, Mayor Greg Ballard announced a new $50 million initiative to increase access to high quality early education. Research shows that kids who participate in such programs are more successful later on in life. The initiative also aims to reduce crime and examine practices in school discipline.
September 2, 2014
New report digs into factors behind Colorado’s high child care costs
Factors such as high property taxes, more stringent quality standards and an underfunded state subsidy program all contribute to the high cost of child care in Colorado, according to a new brief.
June 9, 2014
Launch delayed for new early childhood rating system
The state has backed away from its planned July start date for a new mandatory quality rating system for early childhood education and…
dollars and sense
June 5, 2014
(Nearly) everything you need to know about Jeffco’s 2014 budget — and a little bit more
The Jeffco Public Schools operating fund is growing by more than $15 million dollars this year. Class sizes aren't increasing. No programs are being cut. But the proposed budget is still likely to draw fire.
Show me the money
April 3, 2014
Innovative finance model could provide new path for early childhood services
An innovative financing tool called "Pay For Success" could fund new early childhood programs in Colorado. Under such programs, private investors pay upfront for social programs and government entities pay the investors back with interest if the desired outcomes and cost-savings are achieved.
stars in the making
March 10, 2014
New rating system on the way for preschools and child care
This summer the state is expected to launch a new mandatory five-level rating system for early childhood care providers, including preschools, child care centers and family child care homes. While there are many details left to work out, experts say the effort is a step in the right direction for improving the quality of care for Colorado's youngest children.
June 25, 2013
John Liu proposes offering preschool to all 3-year-olds in city
This chart in Comptroller John Liu's latest report shows what he says is a $4.6 billion gap between what the city spends on early childhood programs and what it should be spending. Comptroller John Liu's latest plan to prime children to contribute as adults to the city's economy would require the city to double its spending on early childhood education. Liu — who is also running for mayor — argues in a new report that the city should spend $1 billion to create a city preschool program for three-year-olds; $433 million to open more pre-kindergarten seats; and $75 million to expand a program that sends nurses to the homes of low-income new mothers. The $1.5 billion in new early childhood expenditures would match what the city already spends, using city, state, and federal dollars. But it represents only a third of the new funding that Liu estimates would be needed to provide city services to all city children from the time they are born until they enter school.
December 4, 2012
IBO: City faces budget shortfall for early childhood initiative
The city's redesigned childcare system is safe for now, but faces cuts in the near future and increased funding uncertainties, according to a report by a budget watchdog. Earlier this year, advocates successfully lobbied the City Council and Mayor Bloomberg to nix a plan that would have cut 7,200 contracted child care slots. The proposed cuts were the result of the city's implementation of EarlyLearn — an initiative that aims to streamline and improve early childhood education. But 4,900 of the seats were restored with one-time City Council funding, an annual stopgap solution that does not address "ongoing funding problems faced by the child care system," according to the report, authored by the Independent Budget Office.
September 24, 2012
City to expand pre-K offerings with new seats and a new school
City officials and philanthropists announced two new early childhood initiatives today. From left: Administration for Children's Services Commissioner Ronald Richter, Mayor Bloomberg, Chancellor Dennis Walcott, and Susie Buffett, of the Buffett Early Childhood Fund. Instead of waiting until children are turning five years old to start educating them, the Department of Education is going to start targeting some children at five weeks. Citing research that shows a correlation between long-term achievement and enrollment in high-quality early childhood programs, Mayor Bloomberg announced this morning that the city will open a school next year that enrolls children from infancy through pre-kindergarten — and their parents. Bloomberg also announced a $20 million initiative to turn 4,000 oft-unused half-day pre-kindergarten seats into full-day slots that many parents find more attractive. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott made the announcements today in conjunction with "Education Nation," NBC's annual extravaganza of education policy programming hosted in Midtown Manhattan. This year's summit is focusing on innovations that have been proven to work. One of those is early childhood education, which primes children for academic success in elementary school and beyond. Children's minds are already 85 percent developed by the time they are old enough for kindergarten, a 2005 study found, and early education advocates say interventions in infancy can have a far greater impact on the achievement gap than at any other period in children's lives. In the proposed new school, which would open next September inside Brownsville's P.S. 41, low-income parents would be pushed to develop stronger social and emotional skills with their children while the children are infants and toddlers. Ultimately serving between 115 and 125 families a year, the school will be part of the Educare Schools network, which already operates 17 early childhood schools in 13 states.
June 26, 2012
Ask an Expert: Preparing a child for kindergarten
The founder and a founding teacher of a new Denver charter school give parents some tips on preparing their children for kindergarten.
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