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February 6, 2019
Why Rahm Emanuel’s rollout of universal pre-K has Chicago preschool providers worried
Rahm Emanuel’s big-budget, top-down expansion of public preschool has provoked high anxiety among community providers.
Improving Head Start
January 8, 2019
Head Start grants will boost training, teacher recruitment
Difficulties recruiting and retaining Head Start teachers is a major problem facing the programs, and the grants issued Tuesday will help.
November 16, 2018
Rise & Shine: Yet another challenge for Head Start in Detroit
Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox. HEAD START The city’s Head Start providers…
Head Start restart
November 15, 2018
Children left in limbo as Detroit Head Start providers stand to lose federal grants
Four major providers of Head Start programs in Detroit must re-apply for funding after losing their federal grants this year, throwing the future of dozens of classrooms in doubt for the fall.
October 9, 2018
Five ways a proposed immigration rule could impact Colorado students and schools
Advocates for immigrant families fear that a proposed federal rule governing green card decisions could pose challenges for students, educators, and schools.
August 14, 2018
Mike Pence passed up a big federal preschool grant. Now Indiana could have a second shot
Early childhood advocates are waiting to see if Indiana’s current governor will pursue federal funds — which could be a key piece of making pre-K more broadly available.
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.
February 2, 2018
Week in review: A new start for Head Start
We reported this week on the frantic push to create new Head Start programs for hundreds of young…
Head Start restart
February 1, 2018
Months after ‘scary’ disruption, Detroit Head Start programs get new management, make room for additional kids
Although four sites were closed in the process, Head Start providers not only created enough programs for the children who were displaced, but classrooms were added to serve even more, enough to eventually enroll 600 children.
December 6, 2017
Life in a child care desert: What one Denver neighborhood can teach us about solving a national problem
In the north Denver neighborhood of Elyria-Swansea, licensed child care is in short supply — a problem has sparked several efforts to alleviate the problem.
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.
November 6, 2017
As a major provider of Head Start exits the program, hundreds of vulnerable Detroit families brace for change
Most or all of the Southwest Solutions Head Start programs will be transferred to other operators but their ability to smoothly transfer students is uncertain, adding stress to the lives of families already in crisis.
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.
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.
Updated June 30, 2017
Families scramble as highly regarded Clayton Early Learning closes center, limits program eligibility
Clayton Early Learning will close its far northeast center and cease to provide programming for tuition-paying families and families receiving a state childcare subsidy.
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