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October 15, 2019
Early education nonprofit First 8 starts new search for leader in Memphis
First 8, the nonprofit that oversees early education in Shelby County, has reopened its search for a permanent executive director. The board on Tuesday approved…
October 9, 2019
Memphis voters approved a sales tax increase for police and fire — and maybe pre-K, too
Memphis voters approved a sales tax increase for police and fire benefits, but will there be money left over to fund pre-kindergarten education?
listening tour 2019
October 2, 2019
Here’s what Memphis parents told us they want to know about early childhood and literacy – and why we want to hear from more of you
When more than 50 Memphians gathered to talk about early childhood and literacy with us, we heard a lot of concerns and hopes for Memphis’ littlest learners.
September 24, 2019
Here are the people who will shape Shelby County’s unprecedented collaboration on early childhood
An unprecedented public and private collaboration on Shelby County's early childhood future now has a guiding board.
August 8, 2019
A new study questions whether Head Start still produces long-run gains seen in past research
“We’re using methods that have been accepted for a long time ... and now we’ve got a bunch of negative results,” said Dylan Lukes, a Harvard graduate student.
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June 21, 2019
Monroe County hires Memphis pre-K director as superintendent
DeAnna McClendon, who was also being investigated after the Memphis district received anonymous complaints, will lead Monroe County Schools.
May 31, 2019
You don’t have to go to kindergarten in Indiana. But educators say it ‘levels the playing field’
Children in Indiana don't have to go to kindergarten, and it’s only been in recent years that the state has placed more value on this early childhood experience.
Paying for pre-K
May 10, 2019
Indiana charter schools face hurdles to offering pre-K. But some have figured out a way.
A handful of Indiana charter schools have looked to creative partnerships in order to provide pre-K programs.
February 21, 2019
As New York City’s public housing crumbles, pre-K centers go without crucial repairs
The tables where children would normally play had been dragged to create a makeshift barrier, blocking the 3- and 4-year olds from their…
February 4, 2019
In the push to extend mayoral control of schools, de Blasio highlights new pre-K dual language programs
New York City will open 47 new dual-language programs for pre-K students, an announcement that Mayor Bill de Blasio used as an opportunity…
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.
Making the grade
January 23, 2019
New York City gets a gold medal for pre-K quality and access, new report finds
New York City’s pre-K program earns high marks when it comes to quality and access, according to a new report that ranks early…
January 23, 2019
New pre-K report gives Memphis bronze medal, Nashville gold
A new report on quality and access to early education programs across the country gives Memphis a bronze medal, mainly for providing prekindergarten…
January 16, 2019
Testing, vouchers, and pre-K: Tennessee legislature’s new ed leader weighs in
A Q&A with Rep. Mark White, the new chairman of Tennessee's powerful House Education Committee
January 15, 2019
Even after a court victory, few charter schools are expected to join New York City’s pre-K push
When visitors come to The Renaissance Charter School in Queens, Principal Stacey Gauthier often insists they stop by the pre-K classroom.
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