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13 hours ago
More ABCs, fewer sacrifices: These Detroit parents know how Michigan lawmakers can improve early childhood education.
As advocates gear up for a fight over Michigan's budget for early childhood education, parents visited the state capital to make their case.
Chicago mayor's race
January 16, 2019
In Chicago, mayoral hopeful Lori Lightfoot’s education plan: 4 big ideas
She’s not considered a frontrunner. But Lightfoot's ideas provide fodder for discussion of some critical education issues that have taken a back seat in the race.
January 10, 2019
One answer to Illinois’ dire preschool teacher shortage: men
In Illinois, women predominantly make up the early education workforce, with men counting for fewer than 2 percent of licensed teachers.
January 4, 2019
Amid questions over new transit program, de Blasio downplays challenges of rolling out universal pre-K
De Blasio appeared to downplay universal pre-K as he faced questions about why the rollout of a new low-income transit program won’t be immediately accessible to every low-income New Yorker.
January 3, 2019
Questions loom as education department prepares to put itself in charge of early childhood programs
The New York City education department is gearing up for a high-stakes takeover of publicly funded early childhood programs, and care providers have…
December 14, 2018
Head of Denver Preschool Program resigning after more than five years
During Jennifer Landrum's tenure, Denver voters increased the sales tax that supports the program, which provides preschool tuition subsidies.
December 4, 2018
New early learning initiative brings Sesame Street lessons into Memphis classrooms
Dozens of grown-ups crowded into a meeting room Tuesday at an early childhood center in Memphis to celebrate a new partner in educating the city’s…
education power players
November 27, 2018
Signaling a city-state thaw, Pritzker names Chicago schools chief to transition team
Pritzker’s appointment of Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson to his education team sets a more collegial tone in the relationship between Chicago and Springfield.
the starting line
October 29, 2018
Chalkbeat’s launching a newsletter all about early childhood. Sign up here.
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…
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