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Examining the push to get kids starting school strong.
September 9, 2016
New York City’s universal pre-K program wants to teach parents, too
New York City -- which has already been lauded for its focus on teacher training and quality in pre-K -- is turning its sights to the home.
Preschool for all?
August 25, 2016
Ritz and McCormick agree on Indiana’s need for more preschool — not on how much to spend
Most politicians and policymakers in Indiana agree that more kids should have access to good preschools — they just don’t agree on how to fund it.
August 22, 2016
Tennessee preschool selected as national model for fixing racial discipline gap
A Nashville preschool is one of two schools nationwide selected for $1 million grants, the U.S. Department of Education announced last week.
August 17, 2016
Kindergarten ‘swagger’ is a sign universal pre-K pays off, says Chancellor Carmen Fariña
Carmen Fariña said she's seeing anecdotal proof that the city’s ambitious push to make preschool available for all is starting to show results in the classroom.
August 16, 2016
Assembly Speaker Heastie: SUNY charter schools should abide by existing rules
In a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Heastie argued that last-minute legislation passed in June does not allow SUNY-authorized charter schools to circumvent local rules.
August 11, 2016
What makes a preschool great: 4 things parents should look for
Experts agree on the benefit of preschool, but programs vary widely in Indiana. There are certain things parents should look for when choosing a program for their child.
August 4, 2016
What experts on preschool expulsion talked about at the Colorado governor’s mansion this week
The national conversation about whether it’s appropriate to expel 3- and 4-year-olds came to Denver on Wednesday with a briefing by some of the field's leading experts.
August 1, 2016
U.S. education chief gives Colorado kudos for early childhood efforts
Colorado got a high-profile pat on the back Monday with a visit from U.S. Secretary of Education John King, who lauded the state’s efforts to raise child care quality.
August 1, 2016
Longtime advocate Anna Jo Haynes: Parents need to become advocates for their children
Chalkbeat sat down with Anna Jo Haynes to talk about an esteemed roundtable and her thoughts on how early education has changed over the years.
He really likes us!
July 29, 2016
Secretary of Education John King to visit Denver, tout Colorado’s new mandatory child care rating system
Launched last year, Colorado Shines is designed to push providers to invest in quality and arm parents with solid information.
'A wondrous time to learn'
July 26, 2016
How a free Denver Public Schools camp seeks to stop the summer slide
Schoolchildren in Denver can spent part of their summer at a free camp where they'll have fun and learn while preparing for the coming school year.
June 28, 2016
Will more pre-K seats mean better outcomes for kids in Shelby County? Depends who you ask.
A federal grant has funded about 280 new pre-K seats in four Shelby County districts this fall, according to movers and shakers gathered at a pre-K summit in Memphis.
June 22, 2016
Why some districts are putting new emphasis on easing the transition to kindergarten
With long-term consequences for kindergartners who have trouble adjusting to school, there's a growing emphasis in Colorado and nationally on smoothing the transition.
Who You Gonna Call?
June 22, 2016
Parents of young children get a number to call for help finding preschools
Early Learning Indiana will use more than $10 million in federal grant money to support a statewide push to help families find child care and preschool options.
Preschool for all?
June 7, 2016
Glenda Ritz says Indiana can afford preschool for all students
She said she will push lawmakers next year to approve a $150 million plan to make preschool available in every public school district by 2020.
June 2, 2016
Surprise! Pence is interested in federal preschool funding afterall
Less than two years ago, he declined to apply for federal preschool money.
June 1, 2016
Success Academy charter network cancels classes after losing fight to offer pre-K on its own terms
The pre-K battle marks the latest chapter in an ongoing feud between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Success CEO Eva Moskowitz, and one of Moskowitz’s only public losses.
giving up too soon
May 25, 2016
Should preschool suspensions and expulsions be banned? Three takeaways from “The Discipline Debate.”
About 100 people filled a room at the headquarters of Mile High United Way in Denver to hear from four speakers.
In the basement
May 12, 2016
Report card: Colorado’s spending on preschool pales in comparison to national leaders
Colorado ranks near the bottom for preschool funding according to an annual report card put out by the National Institute for Early Education Research.
More state support
May 12, 2016
When preschoolers bite and hit, these mental health experts step in to help
The ranks of Colorado's state-funded early childhood mental health consultants will soon double, advancing efforts to combat suspensions and expulsions of young children.
April 20, 2016
With few options, working parents turn to friends and family for child care
The circumstances of MiDian Holmes’s ill-fated bid for the DPS school board highlights the challenges working parents face in finding flexible and affordable child care.
April 1, 2016
Limited funding means thousands of poor Indy kids won’t get preschool scholarships
More than 4,200 children will enter a lottery for about 1,600 vouchers.
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.
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