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October 29, 2018
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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.
Making ends meet
October 25, 2018
State childcare program loses providers and children as deadline looms
Despite a looming deadline that could deprive thousands of young children of day care, Illinois has made scant progress on ensuring providers…
the youngest learners
October 24, 2018
Indiana lawmakers went to preschool. Here’s what they learned
Early childhood advocates want lawmakers to see how high-quality preschool can help children living in poverty, in the hopes of expanding access to pre-K next year.
September 13, 2018
Jeff Bezos says he will use his riches to open Montessori preschools
The preschools will be free and inspired by the Montessori approach, in which children direct their own learning in an environment prepped for them to explore.
early literacy matters
August 23, 2018
Tennessee launched a pre-K pilot program aimed at boosting literacy. Here is what happened.
A pilot program led by the State Department of Education at 134 early childhood programs across the state led to more growth in literacy skills among 7,000 of Tennessee’s youngest students.
August 13, 2018
Three out of four Illinois kids aren’t ready for kindergarten. Why that’s a problem.
Only 16 percent of low-income students demonstrated kindergarten readiness in Illinois. The three core benchmarks are social emotional learning, literacy, and math.
August 2, 2018
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is on a high-speed timeline for his universal pre-K rollout
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has clearly articulated his vision for a free, universal prekindergarten program for 4-year-olds in Chicago, staging events throughout the…
the youngest learners
July 9, 2018
In Berwyn, learning how to boost math skills in the early grades
Early math skills get far less attention than literacy in high-poverty classrooms. One Illinois school district is working to change that.
May 31, 2018
Shelby County Commissioners reveal tentative plan to fully fund pre-K for families who can’t afford it
County government could add an additional $2.5 million for pre-K for the new fiscal year starting on July 1, according to a new recommendation.
May 22, 2018
A million dollars, 570 hopefuls, and 15 winners: How a new competition aims to boost babies and toddlers
A Boulder-based team won $80,000 in an early childhood competition for a project that helps little kids acquire language and social-emotional skills.
May 3, 2018
Tennessee continues funding for 900 free pre-K classrooms. How many will be in your district?
Tennessee will dole out $86 million in state funding next school year to maintain more than 900 free preschool classrooms. The awards, announced Thursday by…
April 24, 2018
Report says Tennessee’s pre-K program needs consistent monitoring and more rigor to get better
Tennessee met only five of 10 quality benchmarks designed by a national advocacy organization that recently released its annual preschool report.
December 22, 2017
Week in Review: Nowhere to hide while trying to improve schools
As 2017 careens to a close, Detroit school leaders have been summoned to district headquarters to explain, one by one, what they’re doing…
December 19, 2017
Memphis gets back into education game with vote to fund pre-K classrooms
The measure, approved 11-0, did not provide a funding stream for the pre-K investment, but essentially holds Memphis to find a way to come up with $8 million.
November 29, 2017
A high-tech approach to boost language skills starts with infants in Detroit
Can an expensive program combining early intervention and technology beat back the reading gap?
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