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Examining the push to get kids starting school strong.
April 18, 2018
Why Indiana ranks second to last in the nation for access to its pre-K program
State leaders noted the state’s recent expansion of pre-K wasn’t reflected in the report.
April 9, 2018
In this program, artists help prepare children for kindergarten — and their teachers learn, too
Artists help students—and their teachers—learn with songs and stories
April 3, 2018
7 things to know about how Colorado schools punish their youngest students
As educators debate harsh school discipline nationwide, here's a look at which Colorado districts are suspending young children at the highest rates.
try try again
March 29, 2018
Will there be another legislative push to limit early childhood suspensions in Colorado? Not this year.
A year after a state bill to curb suspensions of young students died in the legislature, advocates have decided not to bring forward a new version.
March 26, 2018
Nonprofit charged with getting Memphis’ youngest students kindergarten-ready says city’s $6 million is just the start
The city of Memphis recently pledged $6 million for pre-kindergarten seats. But it's just a drop in the bucket of a $40 million pre-K plan.
March 26, 2018
Child care substitutes are in short supply. A new Colorado law could make them a little easier to find.
The bill could make it easier for child care centers to staff their classrooms when regular teachers are absent.
March 8, 2018
Three years in, an ambitious experiment to improve the odds for kids at one elementary school is scaling back
After three years, an ambitious project meant to change the trajectories of young children at one high-poverty elementary school is scaling back.
March 1, 2018
Colorado could get its first 24/7 child care facility for families in crisis
The Grand Valley Crisis Nursery would provide free short-term care for young children whose parents are experiencing emergencies or periods of high stress.
February 28, 2018
Most Detroit kindergartners miss too much school. They’ll likely struggle to read later.
Truancy might bring to mind teenagers skipping class to hang out with their friends or play video games, but in Detroit, it’s the…
(Very) early education
February 26, 2018
Michigan’s governor wants to catch young students before they fall behind
Federal money currently pays for that program, but for the first time, Gov. Rick Snyder wants to add $5 million more in state funds to make it available to more families.
hope on the horizon
February 15, 2018
With promise of new federal money, more low-income Colorado families could get help with child care
Thousands of additional Colorado families might be able to pay for child care if a federal spending bill due in March fulfills the pledge of a recent budget deal.
February 9, 2018
A giant leap: How one Colorado community plans to double its child care spots in three years
Leaders in Mesa County want to tackle everything from low test scores to employment problems by improving early childhood care, but there are serious challenges ahead.
Head Start restart
February 1, 2018
Months after ‘scary’ disruption, Detroit Head Start programs get new management, make room for additional kids
Although four sites were closed in the process, Head Start providers not only created enough programs for the children who were displaced, but classrooms were added to serve even more, enough to eventually enroll 600 children.
January 29, 2018
Bill to incentivize giving to Colorado child care providers advances
A bill that would extend a state tax credit that incentivizes donations to Colorado child care providers passed the House Finance Committee on Monday.
January 26, 2018
Coaches in the classroom: How Colorado preschools are upping their teaching game
Coaching is increasingly being used to help child care and preschool teachers — and the centers where they work — improve.
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