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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.
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.
December 6, 2016
Detroit has low-income families needing preschools — and preschools needing low-income families. They don’t always connect
Simply adding publicly funded seats for the littlest learners is often not enough—particularly when it comes to low-income families.
November 23, 2015
Memphis Head Start leaders seek iPad investment for district’s littlest hands
The proposed purchase of 500 iPads for Head Start students would be a first-of-its-kind technology investment for pre-K students in Shelby County Schools.
June 18, 2014
Pre-K advocates pursue small strategies toward big goal
A coalition of pre-K advocates are moving forward with a collection of small strategies that they hope will, collectively, result in every child being prepared to start kindergarten.Although they’ve stopped short of calling it a full-on strategy, they are now pursuing several possible ways forward, including identify new funding, raising standards for daycare centers, and even returning to voters to ask for more funding.
June 18, 2014
Head Start workers protest the loss of 350 jobs serving low income children
At least 20 Shelby County Head Start workers protested the loss of as many as 350 jobs outside the Shelby County Schools monthly board meeting…
December 20, 2011
Federal Head Start reauthorization puts city's status in jeopardy
Chancellor Dennis Walcott prepares to read to a group of 4-year-olds at the Bank Street Head Start center in November. (GothamSchools) New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) is at risk of losing a $190 million grant, after the federal government included it on a list of 132 substandard Head Start agencies across the country this week. Head Start is the half-century-old federal preschool program for low-income children. ACS, among the oldest and largest Head Start agencies in the country, did not meet the “quality thresholds” set by the federal Office of Head Start, according to a list made public Tuesday by the Administration for Children & Families, which oversees the program. Educators and advocates said the announcement could mean major upheaval for ACS, which serves 120,000 children and families in New York City and oversees contracts for 250 Head Start centers. “It would have a huge impact,” said Nina Piros, director of early childhood programs for University Settlement, which runs two Head Start centers on the Lower East Side under a contract with ACS. “If ACS does lose its grant, then delegate agencies will be out of business, to put it mildly,” she added, referring to the centers that contract with ACS. “There’s a lot of jaws that dropped,” said Steven Antonelli, administrative director of the Head Start program at the Bank Street College of Education.
November 14, 2011
In pre-K, Common Core fingerprints found on snack and a story
Chancellor Dennis Walcott prepares to read to a group of 4-year-olds at the Bank Street Head Start center. Using skills developed at his first job, Chancellor Dennis Walcott dropped to the floor at Manhattan's Bank Street Head Start center today and read a version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears to a circle of 4-year-olds. Just as he said he had as a pre-kindergarten teacher in the 1970s, Walcott changed his voice for the different characters and acted out parts of the story, keeping the children laughing and acting along. (Watch video of the reading.) The read-aloud came during a break in painting, mashing play dough, building with blocks, and assembling magnetic tiles — activities that look like fun and games but actually reflect the city's academic goals for pre-K students. Those goals are set out in the city's new curriculum standards, called the Common Core, which start in pre-K. Like all city students, children in the Department of Education's pre-K classes are expected to complete Common Core-aligned "tasks" this year like the ones the DOE has suggested for units about trucks, plants, and the five senses. Among the Common Core standards for pre-K: Students should engage in group reading activities such as the one Walcott led and practice addition and subtraction using everyday objects.
May 6, 2009
Elected officials target early childhood programs for rescue
Hundreds of parents, children, and day care workers protested proposed cuts to early childhood programs today at City Hall. (GothamSchools' Flickr) With the deadline for next year's city budget looming, elected officials are eyeing early-childhood centers slated to be cut under Mayor Bloomberg's proposed budget as a key reduction to reverse. More than a dozen officials, including two mayoral candidates and three out of five borough presidents, decried the possible cuts today at a City Hall rally alongside hundreds of parents and workers associated with the centers. The proposal would cut the budgets of early-childhood programs and replace kindergarten programs currently operated outside of the school system with Department of Education kindergarten classes. The city says that moving the kindergartens is necessary in order to save the Administration for Children's Services $15 million. But parents today said that the current programs cover the burden of child-care in a way that schools, which end at 3 p.m. and are shuttered on holidays, cannot. The programs at risk of being shut are operated out of ACS, the city's social services arm for children, as part of larger daycare operations. Head Start, the early childhood program, is also slated to see its budget slashed by 3 percent. Desiree Jean-Mary said she is upset that her son, Joshua, who attends a Head Start program in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, might not be able to continue there next year when he enters kindergarten. Right now, Jean-Mary, who has two other children, picks Joshua up at 5 p.m. after her job as a home health aide is over for the day. “It would be really hard if I had to find somewhere else for him to go — I don’t want that,” she said.
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