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Examining the push to get kids starting school strong.
November 23, 2015
Memphis Head Start leaders seek iPad investment for district’s littlest hands
The proposed purchase of 500 iPads for Head Start students would be a first-of-its-kind technology investment for pre-K students in Shelby County Schools.
November 23, 2015
Report: Colorado taking its “first steps” when it comes to early literacy policy
A new state-by-state report on early literacy policies ranked Colorado 33, highlighting a few bright spots and several areas that need improvement.
November 18, 2015
Power of pre-K gets boost from new report countering Vanderbilt study
States should raise the quality of pre-K programs and make early childhood development a priority, says a new report by leaders of the Southern Regional Education Board.
November 17, 2015
Too many of NYC’s youngest special-ed students are isolated, state says
Nearly 47 percent of the city's preschoolers with special needs attend classes just for students with disabilities, despite research on the benefits of integration.
model of inclusion
November 10, 2015
Growing approach helps kick preschool expulsion habit
In light of concerns about preschool expulsion rates, the Pyramid Plus Approach represents one way to help early childhood teachers handle challenging behaviors.
October 23, 2015
Landmark study sparks question: Do preschool effects stick in Colorado but not in Tennessee?
Early childhood leaders here say a major study that raised doubts about preschool's effectiveness quality but doesn't match Colorado data on the topic.
October 20, 2015
Pre-K proponents: Vanderbilt study will inform early learning programs, not dissolve them
Even in light of a study suggesting that pre-K programs negatively impact student learning in the long run. advocates are stubborn in their commitment to early learning.
October 12, 2015
New waivers from school readiness law raise concerns
More than 60 Colorado charters - and one of the state’s largest districts - have been granted exemptions from a school readiness law just as it is being rolled out.
October 9, 2015
Q&A: A researcher who’s seeking nimble interventions for toxic stress
A Q&A with Dr. Philip A. Fisher, who argues that researchers and policy-makers must become more innovative in finding ways to mitigate the effects of toxic stress.
September 28, 2015
Landmark Tennessee study contradicts conventional wisdom about the power of pre-K
Although a Vanderbilt study suggests that Tennessee's pre-kindergarten program may negatively impact students by third grade, researchers caution against scrapping it.
September 24, 2015
Educators, researchers grapple with future of pre-kindergarten in Tennessee
A panel convened by Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education discusses what it would take to have high-quality pre-kindergarten programs across the state.
September 16, 2015
Indiana high school senior to U.S. Secretary of Education: Help me get to college
Ben Davis University High School Senior Rosa Ramos Ochoa was sure she earned a 21st Century scholarship. And she had a Social Security number. But she was still left out.
September 8, 2015
As pre-K ranks grow again, city puts new focus on those who are absent
New York City is close to its goal of offering a pre-K seat to every four-year-old. Making sure that most of those seats are full every day is another challenge.
September 2, 2015
Governor and lawmakers applaud release of state’s early childhood roadmap
A revised version of the state's early childhood roadmap puts more emphasis on the preschool-to-kindergarten transition and the two ends of the early childhood spectrum.
September 2, 2015
Report: Early absenteeism leads to achievement gaps later
Colorado has slightly higher absenteeism rates in the fourth and eighth grades than the nation, according to a study that ties chronic absences to achievement gaps.
August 25, 2015
‘Opportunity Lost’ author on poverty, race and the biggest challenges in transforming Memphis schools
In a Q&A with Chalkbeat, educator and author Marcus Pohlmann talks about the impact of race, poverty and funding on schools in Memphis and Shelby County.
August 18, 2015
Duncan: Indiana's preschool pilot should be open to all kids
Despite criticism from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan that Indiana’s preschool pilot program should not shut out children who are in the country without permission, Gov. Mike Pence’s office said the rule is needed to stay consistent with the way federal preschool programs work.
August 11, 2015
Special education funding dries up for some kids in kindergarten
The state doesn't recognize the category of "developmental delays" past age 5, along with 19 other states
August 4, 2015
Some immigrant children are shut out of new preschool programs
Children who are in the country without permission aren't welcome into either the state or Indianapolis preschool program.
July 31, 2015
As the state and city begin new aid programs, preschools seek to expand
Preschools are capitalizing on the momentum created by new state and city preschool programs by improving their facilities and raising their standards.
July 29, 2015
Studying new preschool programs could bolster success evidence but cost is a barrier
Indianapolis has a chance to do a rare gold standard study of preschool effects if someone will pay for it.
July 28, 2015
Homework for preschoolers? Aurora parents make the case
Last spring, a group of Aurora parents banded together to make a surprising request. They wanted homework for their preschoolers. District officials have agreed to put out a homework calendar and establish a new homework policy.
July 17, 2015
Test yourself: Do you know the basics of Indiana education?
It's a good time to brush up on your Indiana education knowledge. Try your hand at our quiz that includes questions on our four newest "basics" posts out this week.
July 14, 2015
First bilingual preschool in northeast Memphis to open this fall
With a growing Hispanic population and a growing need for children to learn English before kindergarten, a nonprofit organization seeks to ease the transition.
July 12, 2015
Coming this week: Your updated guide to education issues in Indiana
Starting Monday, come back to Chalkbeat each day next week for a new post on a topic that's important to education in Indiana.
July 9, 2015
Early literacy effort having impact, advocacy group reports
The early-literacy programs created by a 2012 law have reduced the percentages of young students reading below grade level, according to a study by an advocacy group.
July 2, 2015
Coalition's ambitious goal: improve and expand preschool in Indiana
The ultimate goal of the plan, advocates say, is to prepare the state for the possibility that a statewide preschool program could be widely expanded soon.
July 1, 2015
Jesse Register on his legacy as director of Metro Nashville Public Schools, and advice for the future
In an interview with Chalkbeat on his last day on the job, Nashville's outgoing schools director talks about what he's learned — and offers advice for his successor.
June 18, 2015
Appointing IPS board members on Brewer's agenda for mayoral campaign
Indianapolis Republican mayoral candidate Chuck Brewer thinks the city should be more involved in education — so much so that he proposed adding two mayoral appointees to the…
June 17, 2015
City reshuffles education staff as Jason Kloth departs
With the departure of Deputy Mayor Jason Kloth, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s office overseeing education programs and charter schools is undergoing a transition.
annals of transparency
June 17, 2015
De Blasio signs law requiring new school diversity reports
The School Diversity Accountability Act will require the city to account for any steps it takes to advance diversity in schools and programs citywide.
June 5, 2015
New statewide early childhood non-profit launches
A new non-profit, called Early Milestones Colorado, launched recently with the goal of improving the state’s early childhood systems.
May 12, 2015
Colorado plateaus in annual preschool ranking
While state funding for the Colorado Preschool Program increased a bit last year, Colorado didn't improve on measures of preschool quality or access, according to an annual ranking published by the National Institute for Early Education Research or NIEER.
May 7, 2015
Pre-K expansion will be pricier than expected, budget shows
The budget also includes new funding to help struggling schools with academic programs and guidance counselors and hundreds of new school sports programs
May 6, 2015
Huge demand for preschool aid far exceeds scholarships offered
More than four times as many children applied than the 1,300 scholarships available.
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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