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Examining the push to get kids starting school strong.
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.
Preschool for all?
June 7, 2016
Glenda Ritz says Indiana can afford preschool for all students
She said she will push lawmakers next year to approve a $150 million plan to make preschool available in every public school district by 2020.
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.
June 1, 2016
Success Academy charter network cancels classes after losing fight to offer pre-K on its own terms
The pre-K battle marks the latest chapter in an ongoing feud between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Success CEO Eva Moskowitz, and one of Moskowitz’s only public losses.
giving up too soon
May 25, 2016
Should preschool suspensions and expulsions be banned? Three takeaways from “The Discipline Debate.”
About 100 people filled a room at the headquarters of Mile High United Way in Denver to hear from four speakers.
In the basement
May 12, 2016
Report card: Colorado’s spending on preschool pales in comparison to national leaders
Colorado ranks near the bottom for preschool funding according to an annual report card put out by the National Institute for Early Education Research.
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.
April 20, 2016
With few options, working parents turn to friends and family for child care
The circumstances of MiDian Holmes’s ill-fated bid for the DPS school board highlights the challenges working parents face in finding flexible and affordable child care.
April 1, 2016
Limited funding means thousands of poor Indy kids won’t get preschool scholarships
More than 4,200 children will enter a lottery for about 1,600 vouchers.
The discipline divide
March 22, 2016
Suspended countless times as a child, this professor is tackling racial disparities in preschool discipline
As a child, Rosemarie Allen was suspended and expelled numerous times. Now, she's working to reduce the frequency of such disciplinary methods, especially for children of color.
March 21, 2016
Six months after sobering study, bill to up pre-K quality heads to governor’s desk
State lawmakers unanimously pass a bill designed to make pre-K classrooms stronger.
By the numbers
March 10, 2016
As city gears up for year three of its pre-K expansion, applications hold steady
The total number of applications — more than 68,000 — is in line with last year’s total. But the Bronx and Manhattan both saw drops.
Staying in school
March 3, 2016
Teen mothers push for law change on child support
Teen mothers from a Denver high school are pushing for a new law they say would make it easier to get child care assistance and help them stay in school.
March 2, 2016
Parents say pre-K is helping their kids, and saving them money too
The city’s efforts to help parents choose and apply to a program paid off, but family and community connections mattered, too, according to a new survey.
February 25, 2016
Landmark Colorado reading law draws kudos, concerns from teachers three years in
Three years in, teachers have very different opinions about how Colorado's early literacy law, the READ Act, is impacting kids.
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