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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.
'class of 2031'
September 22, 2017
An earlier start: Once rare, more Denver charter schools are embracing preschool
A growing number of Denver youngsters are attending preschools run by the city's charter schools, including one in the KIPP charter network.
July 11, 2017
Colorado highlighted in national report on easing transition from preschool to kindergarten
When kids arrive in kindergarten, teachers often lack essential information about how they’re doing. Can they take turns? Do they know their letters? Are…
join the club
June 7, 2017
These 15 Indiana counties can now join the state’s effort to pay for preschool for poor 4-year-olds
Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties will continue to participate.
May 24, 2017
Colorado gets good marks on preschool access for 3-year-olds, not so much on funding
While Colorado is near the back of the pack for preschool funding, it gets high marks for offering preschool access to the state’s 3-year-olds, according to a new report.
May 16, 2017
Amid Colorado’s push to get child care providers to seek higher ratings, some say, ‘No thanks’
Some child care providers say earning higher marks on Colorado's quality rating scale takes time and money they don't have — and won't benefit them anyway.
May 8, 2017
Lawmakers want more research before they spend big on preschool. When it comes to vouchers, there’s no such hesitation.
Both issues were heavily debated in the recent legislative session.
Nearing the finish line
April 20, 2017
New preschool compromise plan would add 15 counties, expand voucher access
Lawmakers have arrived at a tentative compromise for how to expand Indiana’s preschool program, and it includes controversial proposals to expand vouchers and…
April 6, 2017
How a computer program designed for home-based preschool in Utah could get a piece of Indiana’s education budget
Upstart, a software program developed by the Utah Department of Education and the nonprofit Waterford, is at the center of the proposal.
April 3, 2017
Push for major preschool expansion increasingly unlikely to go through in Indiana
Gov. Eric Holcomb reiterated on Friday his support for doubling state dollars for Indiana’s preschool program.
February 7, 2017
A key preschool proposal has moved closer to becoming law, but House Republicans and Democrats aren’t happy vouchers would be part of the deal
Although some Republican lawmakers said they were conflicted, a key preschool proposal — which includes controversial voucher provisions — passed the full House today.
February 2, 2017
How a rural preschool overcame an industrywide challenge and paid teachers more
While low wages are the norm for many early childhood teachers, a small preschool in northeastern Colorado found a way to buck the trend.
January 31, 2017
Two preschool proposals are on the table, and one has already faced criticism for adding a pathway to vouchers
After today, there are two main preschool proposals on the table going forward.
January 17, 2017
City reports improvement in Pre-K for All, shares individual site ‘snapshots’
Parents trying to choose from among the city's roughly 1,800 pre-K sites just got a new tool.
December 21, 2016
Everything you need to know about the brewing debate over preschool in Indiana
The state has spent two years trying out a program in a handful of the state’s 92 counties.
December 14, 2016
Not so fast: Indiana senators worry about cost of expanding preschool
Although Indiana’s House leadership has been supportive of expanding the state’s preschool program, key players in the senate said today they remain skeptical about cost.
November 16, 2016
State Board of Ed: Expand free preschool to more (but not yet all) 4-year-olds
The Indiana State Board of Education joined education advocates, policymakers and lawmakers in supporting an expansion of free preschool programs for low-income kids.
October 14, 2016
In a tumultuous presidential campaign season, a rare spotlight on education issues
A senior policy advisor to the Hillary Clinton campaign channeled the Democratic presidential candidate at an intimate question-and-answer session on Thursday hosted by…
September 22, 2016
In a long-neglected Denver neighborhood, an innovative preschool offers sanctuary
Residents wanted a new preschool in their Northeast Denver neighborhood, but feared they'd be edged out by more affluent families farther east.
September 20, 2016
Many of New York City’s pre-K classrooms are highly segregated, according to new report
One in six pre-K classrooms were highly homogenous, with 90 percent or more of students coming from a single racial or ethnic background, according to a new report.
September 9, 2016
New York City’s universal pre-K program wants to teach parents, too
New York City -- which has already been lauded for its focus on teacher training and quality in pre-K -- is turning its sights to the home.
August 22, 2016
Tennessee preschool selected as national model for fixing racial discipline gap
A Nashville preschool is one of two schools nationwide selected for $1 million grants, the U.S. Department of Education announced last week.
All IN 4 Pre-K
August 12, 2016
Indy business leaders promise to fight for preschool for more kids
Indiana business and civic leaders launch efforts to lobby for an expansion of preschool opportunities for Hoosier children.
August 11, 2016
What makes a preschool great: 4 things parents should look for
Experts agree on the benefit of preschool, but programs vary widely in Indiana. There are certain things parents should look for when choosing a program for their child.
August 1, 2016
U.S. education chief gives Colorado kudos for early childhood efforts
Colorado got a high-profile pat on the back Monday with a visit from U.S. Secretary of Education John King, who lauded the state’s efforts to raise child care quality.
June 22, 2016
Why some districts are putting new emphasis on easing the transition to kindergarten
With long-term consequences for kindergartners who have trouble adjusting to school, there's a growing emphasis in Colorado and nationally on smoothing the transition.
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June 22, 2016
Parents of young children get a number to call for help finding preschools
Early Learning Indiana will use more than $10 million in federal grant money to support a statewide push to help families find child care and preschool options.
June 2, 2016
Surprise! Pence is interested in federal preschool funding afterall
Less than two years ago, he declined to apply for federal preschool money.
More state support
May 12, 2016
When preschoolers bite and hit, these mental health experts step in to help
The ranks of Colorado's state-funded early childhood mental health consultants will soon double, advancing efforts to combat suspensions and expulsions of young children.
Navigating a tricky system
February 3, 2016
Latino parents aren’t happy with southwest Denver preschool options, report says
A new report raises questions about preschool access in southwest Denver, but district officials say problems are most acute in southeast Denver.
December 18, 2015
In one of the worst states for preschool costs, DPS does better than average—even with hikes
While middle- and upper-income Denver Public Schools parents will soon see preschool tuition hikes, they’ll still be paying less on average than other Colorado parents.
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December 17, 2015
Discouraged teaching preschool, she was inspired to keep going by a young boy's email
Megan Bouckley teaches fourth grade at Riverside School in IPS.
November 17, 2015
Too many of NYC’s youngest special-ed students are isolated, state says
Nearly 47 percent of the city's preschoolers with special needs attend classes just for students with disabilities, despite research on the benefits of integration.
model of inclusion
November 10, 2015
Growing approach helps kick preschool expulsion habit
In light of concerns about preschool expulsion rates, the Pyramid Plus Approach represents one way to help early childhood teachers handle challenging behaviors.
October 23, 2015
Landmark study sparks question: Do preschool effects stick in Colorado but not in Tennessee?
Early childhood leaders here say a major study that raised doubts about preschool's effectiveness quality but doesn't match Colorado data on the topic.
September 16, 2015
Indiana high school senior to U.S. Secretary of Education: Help me get to college
Ben Davis University High School Senior Rosa Ramos Ochoa was sure she earned a 21st Century scholarship. And she had a Social Security number. But she was still left out.
September 2, 2015
Governor and lawmakers applaud release of state’s early childhood roadmap
A revised version of the state's early childhood roadmap puts more emphasis on the preschool-to-kindergarten transition and the two ends of the early childhood spectrum.
August 11, 2015
Special education funding dries up for some kids in kindergarten
The state doesn't recognize the category of "developmental delays" past age 5, along with 19 other states
August 4, 2015
Some immigrant children are shut out of new preschool programs
Children who are in the country without permission aren't welcome into either the state or Indianapolis preschool program.
July 31, 2015
As the state and city begin new aid programs, preschools seek to expand
Preschools are capitalizing on the momentum created by new state and city preschool programs by improving their facilities and raising their standards.
July 29, 2015
Studying new preschool programs could bolster success evidence but cost is a barrier
Indianapolis has a chance to do a rare gold standard study of preschool effects if someone will pay for it.
July 17, 2015
Test yourself: Do you know the basics of Indiana education?
It's a good time to brush up on your Indiana education knowledge. Try your hand at our quiz that includes questions on our four newest "basics" posts out this week.
July 12, 2015
Coming this week: Your updated guide to education issues in Indiana
Starting Monday, come back to Chalkbeat each day next week for a new post on a topic that's important to education in Indiana.
July 2, 2015
Coalition's ambitious goal: improve and expand preschool in Indiana
The ultimate goal of the plan, advocates say, is to prepare the state for the possibility that a statewide preschool program could be widely expanded soon.
June 18, 2015
Appointing IPS board members on Brewer's agenda for mayoral campaign
Indianapolis Republican mayoral candidate Chuck Brewer thinks the city should be more involved in education — so much so that he proposed adding two mayoral appointees to…
June 17, 2015
City reshuffles education staff as Jason Kloth departs
With the departure of Deputy Mayor Jason Kloth, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s office overseeing education programs and charter schools is undergoing a transition.
May 12, 2015
Colorado plateaus in annual preschool ranking
While state funding for the Colorado Preschool Program increased a bit last year, Colorado didn't improve on measures of preschool quality or access, according to an annual ranking published by the National Institute for Early Education Research or NIEER.
May 5, 2015
Video: Experts discuss challenges of Indianapolis preschool expansion
Preschool options are growing in Indianapolis and statewide, but real practical challenges remain before early education advocates say the state will have an infrastructure it can be proud of.
April 18, 2015
Panel: Partnerships, big and small, are key to preschool progress in Indianapolis
Preschool educators and policymakers gathered to talk about the future of preschool in Indianapolis, hosted by Chalkbeat in partnership with WFYI and Butler University.
April 16, 2015
Preschool is expanding, but practical challenges remain
An event Saturday at Butler University featuring the state's top preschool advocates hosted by Chalkbeat will shed light on the future direction of preschool in the state.
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