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August 16, 2018
Kindergarten ‘boot camp’ aims to ready young Detroit children — and their parents — for school
These young children are getting the extra boost they need before they start their first day of kindergarten through the Detroit school district's new program.
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…
March 2, 2018
Week in review: The truants of kindergarten
While some might assume that Detroit’s sky-high chronic absenteeism rate is driven by teens skipping class, the problem in city schools is actually…
How I Teach
January 17, 2018
From bikes to blue hair: how one Denver kindergarten teacher shares his passion with students
A Denver kindergarten teacher, originally from Venezuela, talks about the teachers who inspired him, why he uses secret codes, and how he gets to know students.
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January 23, 2017
House education committee greenlights increasing funding for kindergarten, banning corporal punishment
Monday’s meeting of the House Education Committee marked the first time this session education related bills were discussed.
October 24, 2016
Applying to pre-K, kindergarten or gifted programs? Here’s where to learn more
This year marks the first time parents can learn about pre-K, kindergarten and gifted programs in a combined event.
September 23, 2016
Week In Review: Teaching and learning in the ‘worst’ city
Detroit’s main school district is still struggling to recruit teachers and enroll more students, but leaders say they remain hopeful about the new school year.
April 28, 2015
Poor districts still losing aid as state budget nears completion
Indianapolis Public Schools, and other high poverty school districts, will take a big financial hit under a compromise state budget plan proposed today, but it could have been worse.
April 14, 2015
72 percent of families get top kindergarten pick as fewer schools have waitlists
Still, 10 percent of the nearly 68,000 families that applied did not get matched with any of the schools on their applications.
February 6, 2015
‘Ready to read’? Why schools should reject the label and focus on solving the problem
Harlem Link's Steven Evangelista: What can educators and policymakers do about the word gap that lower-income children face even before kindergarten?
April 21, 2014
Fewer soon-to-be-kindergarteners waitlisted by new admissions process
The number of students on a waiting list for kindergarten is half of what it was last year, city officials announced Monday—a shift they are attributing to the city’s new application system. There are still more than 1,200 soon-to-be kindergarteners without seats in the school they are zoned for. But that's a marked decline from last year.
February 21, 2014
City touts strong participation in new kindergarten enrollment system
More than 80 percent of parents who filled out a survey after completing the city's new "Kindergarten Connect" application characterized it as "easy" or "very easy," according to the Department of Education. Overall, the city says more than 68,000 applications were submitted.
September 12, 2013
Kindergarten admissions to head online, with link to charter app
Chancellor Dennis Walcott reads to kindergarten students at Peck Slip this morning before making an admissions announcement. Parents applying for spots in kindergarten across the city next year will be able to complete the process online through what Department of Education officials today called a "transformative" change to the enrollment process. The changes also include the beginning of a long-term project to integrate charter school admissions into the city's general enrollment process. The new, online kindergarten admissions system will affect the parents of the more than 70,000 students entering kindergarten this year, reducing the hassle associated with applying to multiple schools. The city called it an effort "to make enrollment more family friendly." "Right now, parents must go from school to school to school, submitting applications at each school in order to apply to multiple schools, and that really is something we don't want to have happen to our parents," Chancellor Dennis Walcott said at a press conference today after an appearance at the Peck Slip School, which like many downtown Manhattan schools had a wait list for kindergarten this year. "So if you're a single parent, and you're balancing a job and a child, this is something we want to definitely avoid," Walcott said. "It's really tough for parents, whether you're single or not."
June 26, 2012
Ask an Expert: Preparing a child for kindergarten
The founder and a founding teacher of a new Denver charter school give parents some tips on preparing their children for kindergarten.
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