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What do children need to know when they start kindergarten? You might be surprised.
Early childhood leaders in Larimer County created a parent guide on kindergarten readiness after finding wide variations in what parents and teachers expect from kids.
October 18, 2017
How a Memphis pre-K giant is changing the way early childhood educators are taught
About 500 Memphis teachers will go through Porter-Leath’s training this year in an effort to boost the quality of early education instruction.
October 12, 2017
Here are the next districts where New York City will start offering preschool for 3-year-olds
Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he wants to make 3-K available to every family who wants it by 2021.
Enter to win
October 11, 2017
Denver organization to launch national prize for early childhood innovation
A Denver-based investment group will soon launch a national contest meant to help scale up great ideas in the early childhood field.
October 2, 2017
Memphis early education giant merges with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library affiliate
In an effort to bolster early literacy, the city's leading provider of early childhood education for poor children adds home book delivery to its services.
September 19, 2017
Who benefits from Head Start? Kids who attend — and their kids, too
It’s the latest signal that a substantial investment in early childhood education, particularly when paired with well-funded K-12 schools, can have long-lasting benefits.
(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.
Week In Review
June 2, 2017
Week in review: New Detroit schools superintendent makes the rounds at Mackinac and 6 more things you should know about Detroit schools
Detroit school news this week was dominated by new Detroit schools superintendent Nikolai Vitti as he made the rounds at the Mackinac…
May 31, 2017
For the first time, Tennessee awards pre-K funding based on quality, not quantity
The awards will go to nearly 95 percent of Tennessee's 146 districts to serve at-risk 4-year-olds.
February 9, 2017
Memphis is about to open a major pre-K center. Advocates hope it’s just the start.
Porter-Leath’s new Early Childhood Academy will open Friday as the first of its kind in Memphis.
February 3, 2017
An exit interview with Sophia Pappas, who led New York City’s historic expansion of universal pre-K
After leading an unprecedented expansion effort of universal pre-K in New York City, Sophia Pappas is moving on.
October 26, 2016
To even the playing field for low-income kids, start with these brain-based skills
Lagging skills among poor children are at the heart of the achievement gap, but not the ones you might think, says a nationally recognized early childhood researcher.
Getting ready for school
October 20, 2016
How one program is training mothers, aunts and grandmothers in the ABCs of child care
Lots of young children spend their days with relatives or family friends, but until recently there's been little support for this part of the early childhood workforce.
February 9, 2016
Chickens face eviction from Colorado preschools
A new state health rule banning chickens and other live poultry from preschools and child care centers has ruffled the feathers of some center directors.
February 8, 2016
One kindergarten funding bill dies, sentence deferred on another
A House committee passed a kindergarten funding bill, while a Senate committee killed a different plan to pay for full-day kindergarten.
January 20, 2016
A year after new child care rating system rolls out, two centers nab top scores
A year into a mandatory statewide rating system for preschool and child care, centers in Denver and Loveland are the first to nab top ratings.
December 10, 2015
State board makes progress on one early childhood issue, not on another
The State Board of Education has approved an agreement with a testing company that’s intended to make use of the firm’s school readiness tool less time-consuming.
September 2, 2015
Governor and lawmakers applaud release of state’s early childhood roadmap
A revised version of the state's early childhood roadmap puts more emphasis on the preschool-to-kindergarten transition and the two ends of the early childhood spectrum.
July 28, 2015
Homework for preschoolers? Aurora parents make the case
Last spring, a group of Aurora parents banded together to make a surprising request. They wanted homework for their preschoolers. District officials have agreed to put out a homework calendar and establish a new homework policy.
June 5, 2015
New statewide early childhood non-profit launches
A new non-profit, called Early Milestones Colorado, launched recently with the goal of improving the state’s early childhood systems.
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 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.
May 17, 2012
Literacy bill signed into law
Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed the Colorado READ Act, the landmark education bill of the 2012 session.
May 4, 2012
City's early childhood overhaul moves forward, draws criticism
An overhaul of the city's child-care offerings that has concerned providers and advocates for nearly a year took a major step forward today, when the city announced which centers would receive new contracts for next year. The city awarded contracts to 149 child-care providers on the basis of quality and experience. But providers that together currently offer more than 6,500 spots did not get contracts. On top of the proposed cuts to after school programs included in Mayor Bloomberg's budget proposal, more than 14,000 city children could go without care next year. The overhaul, called EarlyLearn, is meant to improve the quality of city-funded programs and allocate seats more efficiently across neighborhoods. Last fall, providers had to reapply for contracts with the city — and the requirements were steep. Here's what we wrote about the reauthorization process last summer: The new standards are steep: Programs must show how they provide support to parents, create a challenging curriculum that prepares students for kindergarten and instruct children in health and safety. They need to find more time for staff development, guarantee service for children with special needs and be assessed annually according to a new grading program. Children will need to be screened for health, social and hygienic needs and assessed for academic gains. Some programs will have to expand their hours of operation. And for the first time, centers will need to pay for a portion of this themselves. Resistance to the overhaul has grown as its implications have grown clearer.
May 3, 2012
Literacy bill passes Senate 35-0
Updated - The Senate has passed the early childhood literacy bill.
April 24, 2012
Literacy, ASSET vie for attention
Proposed Senate amendments to the early childhood literacy bill would give school districts more flexibility and a lot more money.
March 20, 2012
Literacy bill gets final House OK
Updated - The House today gave final 51-12 approval to House Bill 12-1238, the early childhood literacy bill.
March 11, 2012
Key week looms for education bills
The 2012 legislative session is at its midpoint, but two key education measures are only now coming up for their first committee hearings.
February 23, 2012
A day of much talk, little action
A chaotic day for education bills at the Colorado legislature ended with just one noteworthy bill passed and much work left over for later.
February 20, 2012
House debates “unfunded mandate”
A floor fight over a concurrent enrollment bill abruptly ended Monday when the measure was laid over by the House majority leader. Plus roundup
February 7, 2012
New bills: Literacy, gaming and more
The long-awaited third grade literacy bill and this year’s gambling-for-scholarships plan have been introduced in the Colorado legislature.
December 16, 2011
Third time no Race to the Top charm
Colorado has lost a third bid for federal Race to the Top funds, this time for $60 million that would have supported early learning initiatives.
July 26, 2011
Garcia upbeat on chances for R2T grant
Colorado is preparing to enter a third round of competition for federal Race to the Top funds - will the state's luck change?
June 6, 2011
Editor's blog: 'Yes' to reading, 'no' to computer games
The editor wonders how to break her daughter's addiction to the video game Poptropica, which is worsening now that school is out, and lure her back to books.
December 21, 2010
New Montbello early childhood center to serve vital need
Learn more about the state-of-the-art early childhood center coming to Far Northeast Denver, when the $5.5 million facility will open and what needs DPS officials believes it will serve.
September 19, 2010
Advanced kindergarten grows in DPS
A program for the youngest advanced students in Denver is growing but can't keep up with the demand from parents
September 19, 2010
Keeping up with the Dunruds
One Denver family's search for a top-notch education sends them from school to school - sidebar to Advanced kindergarten grows in Denver
April 13, 2010
State child poverty growth continues to outpace U.S.
The number of Colorado children living in poverty continues to grow faster than the national rate, the Colorado Children’s Campaign announced Tuesday in its annual “Kids Count” report.
February 25, 2010
Arts education requirement advances
It was kind of a topsy-turvy day in the House and Senate education committees.
February 22, 2010
No go for bill to bar felons from school jobs
A proposal that would have banned some people with felony convictions from non-teaching jobs at schools was killed Monday by the House Judiciary Committee.
February 11, 2010
House Ed kills safety drills bill
A bill that would have required schools to conduct two “all-hazards” safety drills a year died Thursday in the House Education Committee, with a majority of members indicating they felt the measure wasn’t necessary and infringd on local control of schools.
January 25, 2010
ECE scholarship bill bets on fed funds
A proposed scholarship program for early childhood education workers wouldn't go into effect unless federal funding is found.
May 6, 2009
Elected officials target early childhood programs for rescue
Hundreds of parents, children, and day care workers protested proposed cuts to early childhood programs today at City Hall. (GothamSchools' Flickr) With the deadline for next year's city budget looming, elected officials are eyeing early-childhood centers slated to be cut under Mayor Bloomberg's proposed budget as a key reduction to reverse. More than a dozen officials, including two mayoral candidates and three out of five borough presidents, decried the possible cuts today at a City Hall rally alongside hundreds of parents and workers associated with the centers. The proposal would cut the budgets of early-childhood programs and replace kindergarten programs currently operated outside of the school system with Department of Education kindergarten classes. The city says that moving the kindergartens is necessary in order to save the Administration for Children's Services $15 million. But parents today said that the current programs cover the burden of child-care in a way that schools, which end at 3 p.m. and are shuttered on holidays, cannot. The programs at risk of being shut are operated out of ACS, the city's social services arm for children, as part of larger daycare operations. Head Start, the early childhood program, is also slated to see its budget slashed by 3 percent. Desiree Jean-Mary said she is upset that her son, Joshua, who attends a Head Start program in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, might not be able to continue there next year when he enters kindergarten. Right now, Jean-Mary, who has two other children, picks Joshua up at 5 p.m. after her job as a home health aide is over for the day. “It would be really hard if I had to find somewhere else for him to go — I don’t want that,” she said.
January 29, 2009
For the first time, charter schools will open up to 4-year-olds
The charter school chain that is expanding to 4-year-olds next year. State law previously restricted charter schools from admitting pre-kindergarten students; they could go…
December 17, 2008
How far from complete are the city's efforts to expand pre-K?
Talking about Barack Obama's hopes for expanding early childhood education (school for 3- and 4-year-olds) Sam Dillon reports in the Times this morning that, despite efforts to make pre-kindergarten available, New York State's efforts are "far from complete." How far? Pretty far. There are two areas to pay attention to: access (how many 4-year-olds are actually enrolled in programs) and quality (are the programs doing real teaching or simply baby-sitting?). Let's start with access. New York City advocates told me last year that they estimate demand for pre-kindergarten in the city at about 75,000 4-year-olds. Yet the number of 4-year-olds who are taking part so far this year is 54,000. That represents a steady increase from years past, the Department of Education's director of early childhood education, Recy B. Dunn, just told me in a telephone interview. But it's still far away from universal — and it's also below the number of seats the state agreed to pay for this year, 60,000, a package that would cost just over $230 million, Dunn said. The picture statewide is arguably bleaker. Winnie Hu of the Times reported last year that only 38% of 4-year-olds in the state participated in programs.
September 12, 2008
It’s Friday, just show a video: Nurse-Family Partnership
Here’s a clip from CBS about the Nurse-Family Partnership mentioned in Paul Tough’s recent New York Times Magazine article, 24/7 School Reform. Learn…
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