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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?
Detroit week in review
November 10, 2017
Week in review: Young children in the spotlight
Parents wait anxiously as their Head Start program changes providers; two foundations unveil a 10-year plan to help young children.
All over the map
October 19, 2017
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 policy…
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
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