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Examining the push to get kids starting school strong.
July 17, 2014
County commission will consider giving SCS $6 million for pre-K
The County Commission’s education committee voted on Wednesday to provide an extra $6 million to Shelby County Schools for pre-kindergarten classes. But the initiative was…
Toddlers on the ballot
July 16, 2014
Denver council committee OKs preschool ballot question
The Denver City Council Government and Finance Committee approved proposed ballot language asking voters to hike and extend a sales tax to fund the Denver Pre-School Program 3-1. Councilwoman Jeanne Faatz opposes the tax.
July 14, 2014
In state of the city address, Denver mayor says it’s time to reauthorize preschool tax
That’s why Hancock plans to ask city voters in November to reauthorize a sales tax to fund the Denver Preschool Program. The mayor, in his…
goodbye paper and pencil
June 20, 2014
Improving care for the youngest by targeting the back office
Shared services is a relatively new approach in the early childhood arena, but one that is gaining momentum both in Colorado and nationally. Proponents believe the model will ultimately help early childhood providers—often small mom and pop shops—shed inefficient back-office practices so they can save time and money, and in turn offer better services to families.
June 18, 2014
Pre-K advocates pursue small strategies toward big goal
A coalition of pre-K advocates are moving forward with a collection of small strategies that they hope will, collectively, result in every child being prepared to start kindergarten.Although they’ve stopped short of calling it a full-on strategy, they are now pursuing several possible ways forward, including identify new funding, raising standards for daycare centers, and even returning to voters to ask for more funding.
June 18, 2014
Head Start workers protest the loss of 350 jobs serving low income children
At least 20 Shelby County Head Start workers protested the loss of as many as 350 jobs outside the Shelby County Schools monthly board meeting…
Toddlers on the ballot
June 11, 2014
Denver leaders plan to ask voters to extend, raise sales tax for preschool program
Flanked by some of Denver’s most savvy politicos — and four-year-olds — Mayor Michael Hancock today announced plans to ask city voters in November to renew…
June 9, 2014
Launch delayed for new early childhood rating system
The state has backed away from its planned July start date for a new mandatory quality rating system for early childhood education and…
June 5, 2014
62 percent of applicants get a public-school pre-K match, but many left waiting
The city began the complicated process of assigning next year’s pre-kindergarten students to seats on Thursday, telling 19,689 families that their child had landed a…
June 4, 2014
Indianapolis among finalists for state preschool pilot
Indianapolis is one of several key Indiana cities still eligible for the state’s new preschool pilot program, for which 18 finalist counties were announced today.
June 3, 2014
Commission votes down pre-K proposal
The Shelby County Commission voted down a proposal to fund pre-K classrooms Monday. Commissioner Steve Mulroy wanted $2.8 million to restore funding for 26 pre-K…
May 30, 2014
Momentum for early learning picking up in Indianapolis
On top of IPS's fast growing preschool program, other high quality options appear poised to create more spaces for Indiana's youngest learners, as the state, public and private entities get more serious about funding preschool.
May 27, 2014
A birds-eye view of every public school pre-K seat in the city
Curious how new pre-K seats at public schools map out across the city? Here’s a guide released by the department in map and list…
May 24, 2014
IPS proposal would expand preschool program
The Indianapolis Public School Board will consider expanding its fledgling preschool program to add 200 spots for four year olds by establishing 10 more preschool…
May 14, 2014
Searching for new ways to boost third grade reading, but only if they show results
A program called the Early Literacy Social Innovation Fund initiative aims to move the needle on third-grade reading proficiency in Colorado by investing in rigorous evaluation of nine early literacy efforts in the state.
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