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September 27, 2018
This award-winning preschool teacher runs a top-ranked program out of her home. Just don’t call her a babysitter.
A preschool teacher talks about why she isn't a babysitter, how she handles challenging behavior, and how the community’s leading industry figures into the classroom.
September 25, 2018
She was principal at a struggling Denver charter. Now she teaches at the school that replaced it.
Cesar Chavez Academy and Rocky Mountain Prep worked together to try to make the transition smooth.
leading the state
September 18, 2018
Three things we heard at a gubernatorial candidates forum on early childhood
A gubernatorial candidates forum Monday highlighted some of the big early childhood ideas championed by each campaign, but also left plenty of unanswered questions.
September 13, 2018
Jeff Bezos says he will use his riches to open Montessori preschools
The preschools will be free and inspired by the Montessori approach, in which children direct their own learning in an environment prepped for them to explore.
Teach preschool for America
August 28, 2018
With preschool teachers in short supply, Colorado’s Teach For America is pulled into early childhood market
Teach For America has begun placing corps members into Colorado preschools, prompting both enthusiasm and trepidation.
early literacy matters
August 23, 2018
Tennessee launched a pre-K pilot program aimed at boosting literacy. Here is what happened.
A pilot program led by the State Department of Education at 134 early childhood programs across the state led to more growth in literacy skills among 7,000 of Tennessee’s youngest students.
How I Teach
July 30, 2018
This Chicago preschool teacher is touting an alternative to the traditional playground
Here, in a feature we call How I Teach, we ask educators who’ve been recognized for their work how they approach their jobs.
June 13, 2018
As caregivers struggle to make ends meet, 28,000 Detroit children go without care
The financial demands of providing early education in Michigan have contributed to Detroit’s status as a child care desert.
Movers & shakers
June 4, 2018
Meet the new leader of Memphis’ emerging pre-K training program
A Porter-Leath program that trained 500 prekindergarten teachers this year has a new leader.
May 18, 2018
A growing Jeffco program trains future early childhood workers while they’re still in high school
A new training program at a Jefferson County high school seeks to help cultivate the early childhood workforce of the future.
May 3, 2018
Tennessee continues funding for 900 free pre-K classrooms. How many will be in your district?
Tennessee will dole out $86 million in state funding next school year to maintain more than 900 free preschool classrooms. The awards, announced Thursday by…
April 24, 2018
Report says Tennessee’s pre-K program needs consistent monitoring and more rigor to get better
Tennessee met only five of 10 quality benchmarks designed by a national advocacy organization that recently released its annual preschool report.
April 23, 2018
From reading to breastfeeding, Detroit dads learn how to engage with their pre-K children
Although he grew up without a father or male role model, Dwayne Walker is the kind of dad who goes on his 5-year-old…
April 20, 2018
Week in review: When homework takes longer than everyone would like
Few students – and fewer parents — love doing homework. This week, the Detroit district board began considering a policy that would set…
February 6, 2018
Mayor calls for more science, early education in Memphis-area schools
In his last State of the County address, the two-term Republican mayor and former sheriff urged investments in local education.
3-K for All
February 2, 2018
Coming to a district near you: As city expands pre-K for 3-year-olds, Mayor de Blasio urges families to sign up
Riding the heels of an announcement that New York City will move more quickly to make free preschool…
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 they…
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 Teachers…
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.
Who You Gonna Call?
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.
What's your education story?
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.
Updated November 18, 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.
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