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June 24, 2019
Funding approval will save 1,000 pre-K seats in Memphis
Shelby County commissioners signed off Monday on $2.5 million in new prekindergarten funding — replacing federal early childhood funds that are expiring June 30.
June 11, 2019
‘Lost opportunity’: Most 4-year-olds are left out of Indiana’s preschool expansion
Whether your 3- or 4-year-old attends prekindergarten — and how good the experience is — can often largely depend on where you live and how much money you make.
April 25, 2019
Looking to reach children statewide, Indiana expands its pre-K voucher program
It's a key expansion of what had been a limited pilot program only available in 20 counties -- but lawmakers aren't increasing funding for pre-K.
October 20, 2015
Pre-K proponents: Vanderbilt study will inform early learning programs, not dissolve them
Even in light of a study suggesting that pre-K programs negatively impact student learning in the long run. advocates are stubborn in their commitment to early learning.
September 28, 2015
Landmark Tennessee study contradicts conventional wisdom about the power of pre-K
Although a Vanderbilt study suggests that Tennessee's pre-kindergarten program may negatively impact students by third grade, researchers caution against scrapping it.
September 24, 2015
Educators, researchers grapple with future of pre-kindergarten in Tennessee
A panel convened by Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education discusses what it would take to have high-quality pre-kindergarten programs across the state.
September 8, 2015
As pre-K ranks grow again, city puts new focus on those who are absent
New York City is close to its goal of offering a pre-K seat to every four-year-old. Making sure that most of those seats are full every day is another challenge.
July 14, 2015
First bilingual preschool in northeast Memphis to open this fall
With a growing Hispanic population and a growing need for children to learn English before kindergarten, a nonprofit organization seeks to ease the transition.
Lessons from elsewhere
December 21, 2014
What we talk about when we talk about ‘universal’ preschool
More school districts and states are expanding access to early childhood education in an attempt to add learning time at a crucial point in children’s development. Politicians and advocates alike have seized on research that says starting school young offers lasting dividends — as well as on the political expediency of promising a benefit to every voter. As they have, the meaning of “universal” preschool has become, well, not so universal.
December 10, 2014
Tennessee wins $70 million federal pre-K grant
Tennessee won the first, $17,500,000 installment in a four-year, $70 million grant.U.S. Department of Education to expand prekindergarten, the federal department announced today.
October 21, 2014
House minority leader says other districts should have had a shot at pre-K funds
House Minority Leader Rep. Craig Fitzhugh wants to know why Tennessee’s other 132 districts didn’t have a shot at $70 million in federal pre-kindergarten…
October 17, 2014
Haslam applies for federal Pre-K grant on behalf of five districts
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam applied for about $70 million from the U.S. Department of Education for the expansion of prekindergarten in Nashville and Shelby County Wednesday,…
September 15, 2014
Tennessee might now be in running for federal pre-K money
If Tennessee gets one of ten expansion Pre-K grants, they could receive up to $70 million in the next four years, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said while he was on tour in Tennessee last week. Thirty-four other states are qualified for the grants.
September 11, 2014
U.S. Sec. of Education pushes for Haslam to apply for pre-K money
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Tuesday that Gov. Bill Haslam should apply for federal money available for prekindergarten expansion, the Chattanooga Times…
September 4, 2014
Tennessee’s largest districts expand focus on pre-K despite Haslam’s hesitancy
Both of Tennessee's largest school districts, in Nashville and Memphis, are pushing not only to expand pre-K, but to make it more effective by increasing standards in Memphis and creating model centers in Nashville.
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