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Examining the push to get kids starting school strong.
November 19, 2018
Indiana faces a tight budget in 2019, lawmakers say. Will expanding pre-K be in the cards?
Extra resources for preschool and teacher raises are among the areas competing for next year's state budget funds.
Head Start restart
November 15, 2018
Children left in limbo as Detroit Head Start providers stand to lose federal grants
Four major providers of Head Start programs in Detroit must re-apply for funding after losing their federal grants this year, throwing the future of dozens of classrooms in doubt for the fall.
November 15, 2018
Victim of its own success: Qualistar, pioneer in rating Colorado child care, to close
Qualistar Colorado, a well-known nonprofit that created the first rating system preschools and child care centers in the state, will close at the end of 2018.
We'll come to you
November 12, 2018
They started as an experiment in rural areas. Now, mobile preschools are rolling into metro Denver.
Advocates say mobile preschools represent a valuable school readiness initiative for young children cut off from traditional early education experiences.
the youngest learners
October 31, 2018
Most of Indiana is a licensed child care ‘desert’ for infants and toddlers, new report says
These “child care deserts" can limit families’ access to early childhood programs during a critical time in children's development.
the starting line
October 29, 2018
Chalkbeat’s launching a newsletter all about early childhood. Sign up here.
As the Chalkbeat team has grown, so has early childhood coverage. Now, we’re making a bigger investment in the topic with a monthly newsletter called The Starting Line.
Making ends meet
October 25, 2018
State childcare program loses providers and children as deadline looms
Despite a looming deadline that could deprive thousands of young children of day care, Illinois has made scant progress on ensuring providers…
the youngest learners
October 24, 2018
Indiana lawmakers went to preschool. Here’s what they learned
Early childhood advocates want lawmakers to see how high-quality preschool can help children living in poverty, in the hopes of expanding access to pre-K next year.
October 23, 2018
In Illinois, child care costs eclipse rent, making it one of least affordable states
Illinois is one of the 15 least affordable states in the country for child care.
Why not Michigan?
October 22, 2018
As Michigan’s poorest 4-year-olds wait for classroom seats, free pre-K for all kids seems elusive
A number of states have free preschool programs for all 4-year-olds, regardless of income. But politics and funding in Michigan have made that difficult here.
Paying for pre-K
October 16, 2018
To fund pre-K, advocates in Indiana pitch tax credit scholarships, ‘pay for success,’ tax hikes
“I think there needs to be partnership across the board. Everybody has to have skin in the game," said Madeleine Baker, CEO of the Early Childhood Alliance in Fort Wayne.
October 11, 2018
In a tough business, startups vie to become the Uber and Lyft of child care
A growing cadre of companies aim to attract thousands of home-based child care providers to a notoriously tough field by making the job easier and more lucrative.
October 10, 2018
90 days until no paycheck: Time running out for Illinois child-care providers in subsidy program
It’s hard to dispute the importance of training child-care providers on how to administer CPR or how to properly report suspected child abuse.
September 27, 2018
This award-winning preschool teacher runs a top-ranked program out of her home. Just don’t call her a babysitter.
A preschool teacher talks about why she isn't a babysitter, how she handles challenging behavior, and how the community’s leading industry figures into the classroom.
leading the state
September 18, 2018
Three things we heard at a gubernatorial candidates forum on early childhood
A gubernatorial candidates forum Monday highlighted some of the big early childhood ideas championed by each campaign, but also left plenty of unanswered questions.
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