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December 7, 2017
Why this educator uses autumn leaves to teach vocab to Memphis’ youngest students
Chalkbeat spoke with an early childhood educator about how she incorporates literacy into every lesson.
August 17, 2017
Tennessee wants to boost third-grade literacy. Here’s why it’s looking to early childhood education as the answer.
Tennessee has been waging war on illiteracy for years but is increasingly zeroing in on early childhood ed as the best platform for boosting children’s reading skills.
June 12, 2017
A powerful pairing: Pre-K boosts future incomes and reduces risk of jail, especially when schools spend more
Why do some early childhood programs produce big benefits for students, but others don’t? It may have a lot to do with money.
April 18, 2017
McQueen wants to prevent non-tested early grades from becoming a dumping ground for weaker teachers
Tennessee's education commissioner says a new teacher evaluation system for lower grades should help strengthen the quality of the state's early instruction.
April 7, 2017
When high schoolers are parents, parent-teacher conferences are a three-generation affair
New York City's LYFE centers, which help students who are already parents, have developed an unconventional model for parent-teacher conferences.
April 6, 2017
How a computer program designed for home-based preschool in Utah could get a piece of Indiana’s education budget
Upstart, a software program developed by the Utah Department of Education and the nonprofit Waterford, is at the center of the proposal.
December 21, 2016
Everything you need to know about the brewing debate over preschool in Indiana
The state has spent two years trying out a program in a handful of the state’s 92 counties.
Getting an early start
November 22, 2016
Indiana House speaker calls for a big expansion of preschool support
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma also said a priority for 2017 would be to get more schools to shift spending to the classroom and away from administrative and support services.
November 16, 2016
North Carolina just countered Tennessee’s findings on pre-K fadeout. Here’s the difference, according to researchers.
A year after a Vanderbilt study revealed weaknesses in public pre-K, a North Carolina study suggests public pre-K can work, at a cost.
November 16, 2016
State Board of Ed: Expand free preschool to more (but not yet all) 4-year-olds
The Indiana State Board of Education joined education advocates, policymakers and lawmakers in supporting an expansion of free preschool programs for low-income kids.
All IN 4 Pre-K
August 12, 2016
Indy business leaders promise to fight for preschool for more kids
Indiana business and civic leaders launch efforts to lobby for an expansion of preschool opportunities for Hoosier children.
August 11, 2016
What makes a preschool great: 4 things parents should look for
Experts agree on the benefit of preschool, but programs vary widely in Indiana. There are certain things parents should look for when choosing a program for their child.
August 1, 2016
Longtime advocate Anna Jo Haynes: Parents need to become advocates for their children
Chalkbeat sat down with Anna Jo Haynes to talk about an esteemed roundtable and her thoughts on how early education has changed over the years.
July 26, 2016
In replacing Pence in governors race, Holcomb calls for cooperation on education
Indiana’s Republican party today solved one political mystery by naming Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb as its candidate for governor but, for educators, another huge question…
June 28, 2016
Will more pre-K seats mean better outcomes for kids in Shelby County? Depends who you ask.
A federal grant has funded about 280 new pre-K seats in four Shelby County districts this fall, according to movers and shakers gathered at a pre-K summit in Memphis.
Who You Gonna Call?
June 22, 2016
Parents of young children get a number to call for help finding preschools
Early Learning Indiana will use more than $10 million in federal grant money to support a statewide push to help families find child care and preschool options.
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.
December 10, 2015
New Colorado child care rules take aim at obesity
New state rules for child care centers will ban sugary drinks, establish limits on screen time and mandate 60 minutes of daily physical activity for in full-day students.
December 2, 2015
How an ambitious new program aims to fight poverty and help kids learn, one block at a time
An ambitious project modeled on the Harlem Children's Zone is unfolding within one elementary school's boundaries in the Adams 50 school district.
November 23, 2015
Report: Colorado taking its “first steps” when it comes to early literacy policy
A new state-by-state report on early literacy policies ranked Colorado 33, highlighting a few bright spots and several areas that need improvement.
model of inclusion
November 10, 2015
Growing approach helps kick preschool expulsion habit
In light of concerns about preschool expulsion rates, the Pyramid Plus Approach represents one way to help early childhood teachers handle challenging behaviors.
October 23, 2015
Landmark study sparks question: Do preschool effects stick in Colorado but not in Tennessee?
Early childhood leaders here say a major study that raised doubts about preschool's effectiveness quality but doesn't match Colorado data on the topic.
October 12, 2015
New waivers from school readiness law raise concerns
More than 60 Colorado charters - and one of the state’s largest districts - have been granted exemptions from a school readiness law just as it is being rolled out.
October 9, 2015
Q&A: A researcher who’s seeking nimble interventions for toxic stress
A Q&A with Dr. Philip A. Fisher, who argues that researchers and policy-makers must become more innovative in finding ways to mitigate the effects of toxic stress.
September 16, 2015
Indiana high school senior to U.S. Secretary of Education: Help me get to college
Ben Davis University High School Senior Rosa Ramos Ochoa was sure she earned a 21st Century scholarship. And she had a Social Security number. But she was still left out.
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.
September 2, 2015
Report: Early absenteeism leads to achievement gaps later
Colorado has slightly higher absenteeism rates in the fourth and eighth grades than the nation, according to a study that ties chronic absences to achievement gaps.
August 18, 2015
Duncan: Indiana's preschool pilot should be open to all kids
Despite criticism from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan that Indiana’s preschool pilot program should not shut out children who are in the country without permission, Gov. Mike Pence’s office said the rule is needed to stay consistent with the way federal preschool programs work.
August 11, 2015
Special education funding dries up for some kids in kindergarten
The state doesn't recognize the category of "developmental delays" past age 5, along with 19 other states
August 4, 2015
Some immigrant children are shut out of new preschool programs
Children who are in the country without permission aren't welcome into either the state or Indianapolis preschool program.
July 31, 2015
As the state and city begin new aid programs, preschools seek to expand
Preschools are capitalizing on the momentum created by new state and city preschool programs by improving their facilities and raising their standards.
July 29, 2015
Studying new preschool programs could bolster success evidence but cost is a barrier
Indianapolis has a chance to do a rare gold standard study of preschool effects if someone will pay for it.
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.
July 17, 2015
Test yourself: Do you know the basics of Indiana education?
It's a good time to brush up on your Indiana education knowledge. Try your hand at our quiz that includes questions on our four newest "basics" posts out this week.
July 13, 2015
The basics of Mike Pence on education: A battle for control
As governor, Mike Pence has pushed for career and technical education, school choice, tougher school accountability and changes to standards and tests.
July 12, 2015
Coming this week: Your updated guide to education issues in Indiana
Starting Monday, come back to Chalkbeat each day next week for a new post on a topic that's important to education in Indiana.
July 9, 2015
Early literacy effort having impact, advocacy group reports
The early-literacy programs created by a 2012 law have reduced the percentages of young students reading below grade level, according to a study by an advocacy group.
July 2, 2015
Coalition's ambitious goal: improve and expand preschool in Indiana
The ultimate goal of the plan, advocates say, is to prepare the state for the possibility that a statewide preschool program could be widely expanded soon.
June 18, 2015
Appointing IPS board members on Brewer's agenda for mayoral campaign
Indianapolis Republican mayoral candidate Chuck Brewer thinks the city should be more involved in education — so much so that he proposed adding two mayoral appointees to the…
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.
May 13, 2015
Mike Pence's 2015 education agenda: Wins, losses and consolation prizes
Some of Pence’s goals resulted in new laws, but others were gutted along the way or changed so much that they had a passing resemblance to what he originally pushed for.
May 12, 2015
Colorado plateaus in annual preschool ranking
While state funding for the Colorado Preschool Program increased a bit last year, Colorado didn't improve on measures of preschool quality or access, according to an annual ranking published by the National Institute for Early Education Research or NIEER.
May 6, 2015
Huge demand for preschool aid far exceeds scholarships offered
More than four times as many children applied than the 1,300 scholarships available.
May 5, 2015
Video: Experts discuss challenges of Indianapolis preschool expansion
Preschool options are growing in Indianapolis and statewide, but real practical challenges remain before early education advocates say the state will have an infrastructure it can be proud of.
April 24, 2015
Adams 50 gets grant to explore Pay For Success financing
Adams County School District 50 won a $120,000 grant this month to explore the use of Pay For Success financing to expand early childhood programming.
April 18, 2015
Panel: Partnerships, big and small, are key to preschool progress in Indianapolis
Preschool educators and policymakers gathered to talk about the future of preschool in Indianapolis, hosted by Chalkbeat in partnership with WFYI and Butler University.
April 16, 2015
Preschool is expanding, but practical challenges remain
An event Saturday at Butler University featuring the state's top preschool advocates hosted by Chalkbeat will shed light on the future direction of preschool in the state.
Financing with a twist
April 1, 2015
More groups explore how Pay For Success financing can help kids
After bursting onto the national scene a few years ago, Pay For Success financing is gaining traction among Colorado school districts and early childhood organizations. Three Colorado groups are currently investigating the model as a way to improve outcomes from children and youth.
March 23, 2015
Childhood poverty finally on the decline, according to KIDS COUNT report
A decline in Colorado's child poverty rate is just one of the many data highlights in the latest KIDS COUNT report published annually by the Colorado Children's Campaign.
March 7, 2015
Denver Preschool Program resumes summer tuition support
The taxpayer-funded Denver Preschool Program is reintroducing summertime tuition help after a six-year hiatus.
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