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Examining the push to get kids starting school strong.
The discipline divide
March 22, 2016
Suspended countless times as a child, this professor is tackling racial disparities in preschool discipline
As a child, Rosemarie Allen was suspended and expelled numerous times. Now, she's working to reduce the frequency of such disciplinary methods, especially for children of color.
March 21, 2016
Six months after sobering study, bill to up pre-K quality heads to governor’s desk
State lawmakers unanimously pass a bill designed to make pre-K classrooms stronger.
By the numbers
March 10, 2016
As city gears up for year three of its pre-K expansion, applications hold steady
The total number of applications — more than 68,000 — is in line with last year’s total. But the Bronx and Manhattan both saw drops.
Staying in school
March 3, 2016
Teen mothers push for law change on child support
Teen mothers from a Denver high school are pushing for a new law they say would make it easier to get child care assistance and help them stay in school.
March 2, 2016
Parents say pre-K is helping their kids, and saving them money too
The city’s efforts to help parents choose and apply to a program paid off, but family and community connections mattered, too, according to a new survey.
February 25, 2016
Landmark Colorado reading law draws kudos, concerns from teachers three years in
Three years in, teachers have very different opinions about how Colorado's early literacy law, the READ Act, is impacting kids.
February 24, 2016
Once seeking to scrap pre-K, Tennessee’s biggest pre-K critic votes to improve it
Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville joins a legislative subcommittee to advance a bill that would fund more teacher training at the pre-K level.
slow and steady
February 17, 2016
Less poverty, more health insurance improves health of Colorado kids
The state’s children got just a bit healthier last year but still couldn’t muster better than a C+ on an annual report card released Wednesday by the Colorado Health Foundation.
February 9, 2016
Chickens face eviction from Colorado preschools
A new state health rule banning chickens and other live poultry from preschools and child care centers has ruffled the feathers of some center directors.
February 8, 2016
One kindergarten funding bill dies, sentence deferred on another
A House committee passed a kindergarten funding bill, while a Senate committee killed a different plan to pay for full-day kindergarten.
Navigating a tricky system
February 3, 2016
Latino parents aren’t happy with southwest Denver preschool options, report says
A new report raises questions about preschool access in southwest Denver, but district officials say problems are most acute in southeast Denver.
January 20, 2016
A year after new child care rating system rolls out, two centers nab top scores
A year into a mandatory statewide rating system for preschool and child care, centers in Denver and Loveland are the first to nab top ratings.
December 18, 2015
In one of the worst states for preschool costs, DPS does better than average—even with hikes
While middle- and upper-income Denver Public Schools parents will soon see preschool tuition hikes, they’ll still be paying less on average than other Colorado parents.
What's your education story?
December 17, 2015
Discouraged teaching preschool, she was inspired to keep going by a young boy's email
Megan Bouckley teaches fourth grade at Riverside School in IPS.
December 10, 2015
State board makes progress on one early childhood issue, not on another
The State Board of Education has approved an agreement with a testing company that’s intended to make use of the firm’s school readiness tool less time-consuming.
December 10, 2015
New Colorado child care rules take aim at obesity
New state rules for child care centers will ban sugary drinks, establish limits on screen time and mandate 60 minutes of daily physical activity for in full-day students.
December 2, 2015
How an ambitious new program aims to fight poverty and help kids learn, one block at a time
An ambitious project modeled on the Harlem Children's Zone is unfolding within one elementary school's boundaries in the Adams 50 school district.
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.
Updated November 18, 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.
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