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Examining the push to get kids starting school strong.
May 2, 2017
New York City’s Pre-K for All recognized among top ‘Innovations in American Government’
An arm of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University announced the recognition.
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 20, 2017
How Colorado is trying to boost access to quality child care for poor kids
Even with recent changes to Colorado's $86 million child care subsidy programs, low-income children still don't have access to the same quality care wealthier kids do.
April 18, 2017
McQueen wants to prevent non-tested early grades from becoming a dumping ground for weaker teachers
Tennessee's education commissioner says a new teacher evaluation system for lower grades should help strengthen the quality of the state's early instruction.
April 17, 2017
Landmark school discipline reform legislation killed by Republicans on Colorado Senate panel
A bipartisan attempt to reform how Colorado schools discipline their youngest students died Monday, even after the bill’s sponsors offered amendments to placate rural school…
April 7, 2017
When high schoolers are parents, parent-teacher conferences are a three-generation affair
New York City's LYFE centers, which help students who are already parents, have developed an unconventional model for parent-teacher conferences.
Give a little - take a little
April 6, 2017
Colorado lawmakers reach compromise on reading test controversy
A years-long controversy over what language Colorado schools should use to test the reading skills of young English language learners appears to be over.
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 4, 2017
It seemed like a sure thing. Now a Colorado bill limiting early childhood suspensions and expulsions is on life support.
Legislation that supporters hoped would significantly limit suspensions and expulsions for Colorado’s youngest students has hit what could be a fatal roadblock.
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.
March 24, 2017
Tennessee lawmakers vote to leave pre-K alone this year
State lawmakers turn back a bill that would have allowed some districts to spend their state pre-K money elsewhere.
March 15, 2017
Denver Public Schools takes strong stand against suspension and expulsion in early grades
Denver Public Schools announced plans Wednesday to eliminate suspensions and expulsions for preschool through third grade students except in the most serious incidents.
March 9, 2017
Why boosting mental health for the youngest children is attracting federal — and private — investment
Intense interest in a federally funded project to promote early childhood mental health inspired an unusual effort by private funders in Colorado to replicate the program.
March 3, 2017
READ Act reform bill advances with full support from Colorado House
If this bill becomes law, districts that test English learners in Spanish would not be required to monitor the students in English.
March 2, 2017
Colorado could be at the forefront in cutting back on early childhood suspensions and expulsions. Here’s how.
A proposed state law would limit out-of-school suspensions and expulsions for Colorado preschool and early elementary students.
spread the word
February 28, 2017
How storytelling is giving voice to a small part of the early childhood workforce — men
In their own words, the men described the journeys that led them to work in the early childhood field — as teachers, counselors, coaches and…
February 27, 2017
Lawmakers take first step to ease testing burden for young English language learners
If the bill becomes law, it would overrule a decision by the State Board of Education last year that required testing such students at least once in English.
February 27, 2017
Tennessee’s pre-K wasn’t working, a 2015 study found. Now the state is putting new focus on teaching.
Catalyzed by a landmark study showing its public prekindergarten programs are ineffective, the Tennessee Department of Education is overhauling its program.
February 21, 2017
Full-day kindergarten among possible budget cuts in Aurora
Aurora Public Schools must cut about $31 million from their budget for the 2017-18 school year and one of the many options is cutting kindergarten to half day.
February 14, 2017
NYC Chancellor Carmen Fariña on pre-K diversity struggles: ‘This is parent choice’
Chancellor Carmen Fariña is again drawing criticism from school integration advocates — this time for appearing to excuse racially segregated pre-K programs as…
February 9, 2017
Memphis is about to open a major pre-K center. Advocates hope it’s just the start.
Porter-Leath’s new Early Childhood Academy will open Friday as the first of its kind in Memphis.
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 3, 2017
An exit interview with Sophia Pappas, who led New York City’s historic expansion of universal pre-K
After leading an unprecedented expansion effort of universal pre-K in New York City, Sophia Pappas is moving on.
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.
February 1, 2017
Denver’s citywide effort to help poor children read better — explained
Lisa Roy recently became Denver Public Schools’ executive director of early education. We sat down with her to talk about a new effort called the Birth to Eight Roadmap.
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.
Here We Go
January 23, 2017
House education committee greenlights increasing funding for kindergarten, banning corporal punishment
Monday’s meeting of the House Education Committee marked the first time this session education related bills were discussed.
January 19, 2017
New York City’s latest pre-K quality data includes success stories — and room for improvement
A second round of pre-K data that shows there is room for improvement -- but also that some centers seem to have benefitted from an emphasis on building quality.
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.
year in review
December 19, 2016
Colorado’s year in early childhood: Bright spots and persistent challenges
A look at Colorado's biggest early childhood stories of 2016.
bang for your buck
December 12, 2016
Investing early in quality child care for at-risk kids pays off big later, research finds
New research shows high-quality child care from birth to age five yields huge financial returns in the form of better education, health and job outcomes.
December 6, 2016
Detroit has low-income families needing preschools — and preschools needing low-income families. They don’t always connect
Simply adding publicly funded seats for the littlest learners is often not enough—particularly when it comes to low-income families.
A push for change
November 17, 2016
Plans for tackling Colorado’s early childhood suspension and expulsion problem coming into focus
A loose coalition of education, health and advocacy organizations discussed possible policy changes to prevent early childhood suspension and expulsion in Colorado.
November 16, 2016
North Carolina just countered Tennessee’s findings on pre-K fadeout. Here’s the difference, according to researchers.
A year after a Vanderbilt study revealed weaknesses in public pre-K, a North Carolina study suggests public pre-K can work, at a 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.
How many is too many?
November 2, 2016
Not all schools want the state telling them how to assess whether kids are ready for kindergarten. Here’s why.
The State Board of Education has granted scores of kindergarten readiness assessment waivers, worrying early childhood advocates and some board members too.
October 26, 2016
Spending more on pre-K doesn’t guarantee success, say Vanderbilt researchers
Researchers at Vanderbilt University are using Tennessee as a cautionary tale for the rest of the nation to pause before expanding pre-kindergarten programs.
October 26, 2016
To even the playing field for low-income kids, start with these brain-based skills
Lagging skills among poor children are at the heart of the achievement gap, but not the ones you might think, says a nationally recognized early childhood researcher.
Getting ready for school
October 20, 2016
How one program is training mothers, aunts and grandmothers in the ABCs of child care
Lots of young children spend their days with relatives or family friends, but until recently there's been little support for this part of the early childhood workforce.
Breaking down stereotypes
October 5, 2016
Racial bias among preschool teachers is a problem, study says. Here’s what Colorado experts think should be done.
Colorado early childhood leaders say a powerful new study by Yale researcher Walter Gilliam highlights the importance of helping teachers understand unconscious bias.
September 30, 2016
New York City promised free preschool to every family, so why do some students with disabilities struggle to find seats?
Across the city, parents of preschoolers with special needs have struggled to find services the education department is required to provide.
raising the bar
September 29, 2016
Helping poor families afford child care used to be about working parents, but recent changes focus on kids
New federal rules, along with key policy and funding changes in Colorado, have shifted the focus of a program that helps poor families with child care costs.
September 28, 2016
Another big push for expanding preschool aid is coming, but Indiana lawmakers remain skeptical
There is perhaps more bipartisan support in Indiana for preschool than any other education issue, but one key group remains unconvinced it should expand — lawmakers.
September 28, 2016
Want to reduce suspensions and expulsions in pre-K? Find a coach.
Pre-schoolers might be tiny, but they get suspended and expelled in big numbers.A new study suggests that real change only happens with real teacher training.
September 27, 2016
Most states, including Colorado, invest less in kindergarten than other grades, report says
Most states, including Colorado, don't currently require school districts to offer full-day kindergarten, but experts expect that to change.
Read to be Ready
September 26, 2016
In latest effort to combat lagging literacy rates, Tennessee launches reading coach network
The next step in Tennessee’s ambitious literacy plan is a three-year reading coach program that could reach up to 3,000 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.
Early childhood poll
September 22, 2016
Once the public learns how little early childhood teachers make, the vast majority support wage increases
Poll results released today show bipartisan support for early childhood education, including efforts to increase wages for early childhood teachers.
September 12, 2016
What Tennessee’s decision to pull out of a social-emotional learning collaborative means
Tennessee will not get to collaborate with other states — and vice versa — as they draft guidelines around social-emotional learning.
September 12, 2016
One Colorado school district’s closely watched experiment in financing full-day preschool
One metro Denver school district is piloting a finance experiment that could bust the conventional wisdom that offering free full-day preschool is nearly impossible.
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