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Examining the push to get kids starting school strong.
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 24, 2015
Adams 50 gets grant to explore Pay For Success financing
Adams County School District 50 won a $120,000 grant this month to explore the use of Pay For Success financing to expand early childhood programming.
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.
Financing with a twist
April 1, 2015
More groups explore how Pay For Success financing can help kids
After bursting onto the national scene a few years ago, Pay For Success financing is gaining traction among Colorado school districts and early childhood organizations. Three Colorado groups are currently investigating the model as a way to improve outcomes from children and youth.
March 7, 2015
Denver Preschool Program resumes summer tuition support
The taxpayer-funded Denver Preschool Program is reintroducing summertime tuition help after a six-year hiatus.
March 2, 2015
Council approves funding for Indianapolis preschool program
Paying for the program was the final decision needed to put into action what is expected to be a five-year program.
February 19, 2015
New push to quantify, prevent preschool expulsions in Colorado
With a recent federal spotlight on the issue of preschool expulsion, some Colorado stakeholders want the state to collect data on incidence rates and create policies around the topic.
Real (Estate) Talk
February 17, 2015
Pre-K push is up against citywide space crunch, deputy mayor says
Deputy Mayor Richard Buery said the city is searching for public and private space as it seeks to add some 17,000 new pre-K seats this year.
February 11, 2015
Committee OKs using reserve cash to pay for city preschool program
The funding plan will now face approval by the full Indianapolis City-County Council, which in December passed the framework for the preschool program by a wide margin.
February 9, 2015
City-County Council begins debate about how to pay for preschool
The plan for a $40 million public-private partnership between the city, businesses and philanthropy groups to provide preschool for 1,000 poor children passed the council by a wide margin in December after months of compromise between council Democrats and Republican Mayor Greg Ballard, who was blocked by Democrats when he first pitched the idea for a similar program last summer.
(Another) pre-K push
February 5, 2015
City announces new, unified pre-K application process
The city’s two pre-kindergarten admissions processes will become one this year.
February 2, 2015
These 9 education changes could move ahead in the legislature — but 6 others probably won't
There's no question a huge battle will take place over the role of state Superintendent Glenda Ritz on the Indiana State Board of Education. But of the 122 education-focused bills the Indiana General Assembly is expected to consider, just a fraction will make it through to Gov. Mike Pence's desk in April to become law.
January 23, 2015
Success Academy challenges city over pre-K space
In what could be a prelude to another round of space battles with the de Blasio administration, the Success Academy charter school network said…
January 22, 2015
Report: Many states, including Colorado, increase preschool funding
When it comes to trends in state preschool funding, Colorado runs with the pack. It was one of 28 states (and the District of Columbia)…
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