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Examining the push to get kids starting school strong.
September 25, 2014
PNC pledges $500,000 for preschool if Ballard’s plan prevails
PNC Bank in Indiana is joining in with a half-million dollar pledge of financial support for preschool if only Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard can find…
September 25, 2014
Shortage of options for working parents seeking quality child care
A new report from Qualistar Colorado reveals that working parents may have few options when it comes to finding licensed care for their young children.
September 24, 2014
State preschool pilot will launch in January, Pence says
A new state preschool pilot program in Marion County should get off the ground in January, although it might start out by serving a small…
September 22, 2014
Ballard's $50 million preschool plan in peril
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's ambitious preschool program is in danger of being scrapped altogether after being stripped of its proposed funding method with no alternatives on the table.
September 16, 2014
Democrats block funding for Ballard's preschool plan; meeting erupts
A proposal to eliminate the local homestead tax credit was tabled tonight by Council Democrats. Eliminating the tax credit was how Mayor Greg Ballard wanted to pay for a $50 million preschool program.
September 15, 2014
Chalkbeat reporting so far on Mayor Greg Ballard's preschool plan
In late July, Mayor Greg Ballard announced a new $50 million initiative to increase access to high quality early education. Research shows that kids who participate in such programs are more successful later on in life. The initiative also aims to reduce crime and examine practices in school discipline.
September 15, 2014
Tennessee might now be in running for federal pre-K money
If Tennessee gets one of ten expansion Pre-K grants, they could receive up to $70 million in the next four years, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said while he was on tour in Tennessee last week. Thirty-four other states are qualified for the grants.
September 12, 2014
Lilly rallies business leaders to back Ballard's preschool plan
Eli Lilly and Co. hosted about 50 CEOs and executives from the city's financial, health and human services and education sectors at their sprawling downtown campus and urged them to support Ballard's plan, which has been under fire from council Democrats who don't like the way the mayor wants to pay for it.
September 11, 2014
U.S. Sec. of Education pushes for Haslam to apply for pre-K money
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Tuesday that Gov. Bill Haslam should apply for federal money available for prekindergarten expansion, the Chattanooga Times…
September 10, 2014
Democrats raise doubts about Ballard's preschool plan
Democrats who are wary of Mayor Greg Ballard's blockbuster $50 million proposal to help more children attend preschool across Indianapolis will offer their own preschool expansion plan later this month. But supporters of Ballard's plan say Democrats are playing politics and putting at risk a potentially huge benefit to poor Indianapolis children.
September 5, 2014
You ask, we answer: Who decided when students should learn to read?
When should students be able to read? And who decided that? That was commenter Joanne Roll’s response to an article last week on a new…
September 4, 2014
Tennessee’s largest districts expand focus on pre-K despite Haslam’s hesitancy
Both of Tennessee's largest school districts, in Nashville and Memphis, are pushing not only to expand pre-K, but to make it more effective by increasing standards in Memphis and creating model centers in Nashville.
September 2, 2014
New report digs into factors behind Colorado’s high child care costs
Factors such as high property taxes, more stringent quality standards and an underfunded state subsidy program all contribute to the high cost of child care in Colorado, according to a new brief.
August 27, 2014
Stringer: 70 percent of pre-K contracts haven’t been vetted
The city is dragging its feet sending hundreds of pre-kindergarten contracts for an independent vetting, potentially putting the city’s successful pre-K rollout at risk, Comptroller Scott…
August 20, 2014
Ballard takes aim at tax questions for preschool plan
Confusion remains for some residents over how Mayor Greg Ballard plans to fund his recently announced anti-crime initiative, which includes a $50 million public-private partnership to…
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