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July 9, 2019
How to get more English learners prepared to enter kindergarten? Illinois wrestles with answer.
The state found that only 26% of kindergarteners statewide met requirements to be considered “on track.” For English learners, that proportion dropped to 17%.
lever for change
July 3, 2019
Colorado built a system to measure child care quality. Now, it wants more providers to climb the ratings ladder.
Four years after Colorado launched a rating system for child care and preschool programs, a quarter of providers are considered high-quality.
June 25, 2019
In the second year of statewide assessment, three out of four Illinois children still aren’t kindergarten ready
In 2017, Illinois spent an average of $15,337 per student in K-12 but only $3,306 for a child under age 6.
June 18, 2019
lllinois weighs how to rebuild child care program that saw exodus of children, caregivers
Illinois plans to embark on a marketing campaign to woo more families into its child care assistance program — and, in some cases, lure back providers who dropped out.
June 11, 2019
As battle for higher pre-K wages continues, NYC pushes back deadline for contracts
Organizations that want to bid on New York City contracts to provide pre-K services now have until next month to submit their proposals.
May 31, 2019
You don’t have to go to kindergarten in Indiana. But educators say it ‘levels the playing field’
Children in Indiana don't have to go to kindergarten, and it’s only been in recent years that the state has placed more value on this early childhood experience.
Paying for pre-K
May 10, 2019
Indiana charter schools face hurdles to offering pre-K. But some have figured out a way.
A handful of Indiana charter schools have looked to creative partnerships in order to provide pre-K programs.
April 25, 2019
Looking to reach children statewide, Indiana expands its pre-K voucher program
It's a key expansion of what had been a limited pilot program only available in 20 counties -- but lawmakers aren't increasing funding for pre-K.
April 17, 2019
Illinois is doing better by its youngest learners — but it’s reaching too few of them
After losing ground for many years in early education compared with other states, Illinois has started to play catch-up by boosting funding for…
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March 1, 2019
Illinois has more working mothers than the U.S. average — and they pay too much for child care
More mothers work in Illinois than the national average, and many spend more than half of their income on childcare, according to a new report.
February 28, 2019
Rise & Shine: Report says Michigan still ‘reaching’ to support youngest children
PHOTO: Koby LevinA school board meeting at the Southwest Detroit Community School. Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news.
February 25, 2019
Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker appoints 8 new state board members in near total sweep
The only member from Bruce Rauner’s term who will keep her seat is Susan Morrison, a former social studies teacher who has held statewide jobs.
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