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August 2, 2019
Pre-K benefits faded in Tennessee — but not for the reasons you think, says new study
A new study says long-lasting pre-K benefits depend on more than just the quality of the pre-K program.
July 23, 2019
At Chicago job fair, hundreds line up for a chance at support-staff jobs
People lined up outside of the gymnasium at Richard J. Daley College, seeking to fill many of the crucial positions that support teaching and learning.
Undercounting the youngest
June 18, 2019
As citizenship question swirls, Illinois early childhood advocates gear up for another census challenge
In Illinois, early childhood advocates are also fretting over a group that has long been undercounted: babies and toddlers.
February 22, 2019
Is Tennessee moving its weakest teachers to early, non-tested grades? New research says yes.
Low-performing teachers in grades 3 through 5 are more likely to be reassigned to non-tested early grades than their more effective peers.
February 8, 2019
What we heard from Tennessee’s education commissioner during her first week
Penny Schwinn's whirlwind week started with school visits and ended with a state policy meeting. In between, she met with lawmakers, superintendents, and staff.
January 25, 2019
Pre-K money could be diverted to other needs under Tennessee lawmaker’s bill
Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville wants local flexibility to shift pre-K dollars to other early childhood education needs.
July 30, 2018
For Michigan’s 3- and 4-year-olds with special needs, ‘it’s hard’ to find a place to learn
Why it's so hard to get toddlers with special needs in school.
June 13, 2018
As caregivers struggle to make ends meet, 28,000 Detroit children go without care
The financial demands of providing early education in Michigan have contributed to Detroit’s status as a child care desert.
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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.
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