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Examining the push to get kids starting school strong.
the youngest learners
July 11, 2018
Will new standards improve elementary science education?
Science has rarely been considered a priority in elementary school, but that may be changing.
the youngest learners
July 10, 2018
How to help struggling young readers
Children who can’t read well by third grade are more likely to drop out. Research-based coaching could make a critical difference.
the youngest learners
July 9, 2018
In Berwyn, learning how to boost math skills in the early grades
Early math skills get far less attention than literacy in high-poverty classrooms. One Illinois school district is working to change that.
July 6, 2018
How one small Indiana city sees child care as a potential economic driver
In Indiana, a popular argument for expanding early childhood education relies on the workforce benefits.
The Right Resources
July 3, 2018
‘We didn’t have options’: A new Staten Island charter school aims to fill a gap for students with dyslexia
The elementary school was approved by the Board of Regents in June, and it’s set to be the first charter school in the state — and among only a few public schools nationwide — devoted to educating children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities.
June 28, 2018
New grant aims to bring programs like arts and nutrition to Detroit preschools and childcare facilities
The funds are one strategy to address a critical shortage of quality early childhood facilities in Detroit where an estimated 28,000 young children don’t have access to quality care.
June 27, 2018
VIDEO: How a Detroit preschool teacher tries to meet her students’ needs
Chalkbeat spoke with Bruce as part of a “story booth” series that invites students, educators and parents to discuss their experiences in Detroit schools. Do you know someone who has a story to share? Reach out to us.
June 5, 2018
No walls: Forest preschools let kids run free, but can they change to reach diverse families?
Two states are working to create rules for "forest preschools," a move that could expand the model's footprint and open the way for low-income families to participate.
May 31, 2018
Shelby County Commissioners reveal tentative plan to fully fund pre-K for families who can’t afford it
County government could add an additional $2.5 million for pre-K for the new fiscal year starting on July 1, according to a new recommendation.
May 18, 2018
A growing Jeffco program trains future early childhood workers while they’re still in high school
A new training program at a Jefferson County high school seeks to help cultivate the early childhood workforce of the future.
May 9, 2018
Colorado schools gave out nearly 1,800 suspensions to young students with disabilities last year
A Chalkbeat analysis shows that in Colorado last year, special education students in kindergarten through second grade received a disproportionate number of suspensions.
May 3, 2018
Tennessee continues funding for 900 free pre-K classrooms. How many will be in your district?
Tennessee will dole out $86 million in state funding next school year to maintain more than 900 free preschool classrooms. The awards, announced Thursday by…
April 30, 2018
Text messages, toiletries, and backpacks: Indiana gets creative with pre-K outreach in rural areas
Indiana is spending $22 million to double the number of children served by On My Way Pre-K and reach 15 additional counties, many of them rural.
April 25, 2018
Preschool funding for students with disabilities hasn’t changed in Indiana since 1991
Across the state, 13,066 students qualify for special education preschool services.
April 24, 2018
Report says Tennessee’s pre-K program needs consistent monitoring and more rigor to get better
Tennessee met only five of 10 quality benchmarks designed by a national advocacy organization that recently released its annual preschool report.
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