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the youngest learners
April 17, 2019
National report downgrades Indiana for excluding some families from pre-K vouchers
NIEER's 2018 "State of Preschool" report lists Indiana as one of just six states that does not fund a preschool program, deeming On My Way Pre-K to be child care.
April 16, 2019
A much-needed change or the last straw? Educators take sides on bill limiting early childhood suspensions
Educators share their opinions on proposed legislation that aims to curb the number of out-of-school suspensions given to young Colorado students.
comings and goings
April 16, 2019
New leaders coming to Clayton Early Learning and other early childhood groups in Colorado
Several of Colorado’s most prominent early childhood groups are getting new leaders this year, including Clayton Early Learning and Denver Preschool Program.
April 15, 2019
Local early childhood funding threatened by Colorado anti-tax group
A Colorado anti-tax group targets a bill allowing local voters to approve tax funding for care of infants, toddlers and preschoolers
April 12, 2019
Colorado educators, share your thoughts on early childhood suspensions
Colorado could have a new law restricting suspensions of young children. We want to know what educators think.
April 9, 2019
Special Report: Full-day kindergarten clears its first legislative hurdle
We’ve been covering Gov. Jared Polis’ plan for statewide free full-day kindergarten since he announced it on the campaign trail…
April 7, 2019
Colorado districts moving quickly toward full-day kindergarten, complicating funding debate
Large Colorado school districts that collectively serve thousands of children in half-day kindergarten programs are preparing to switch to full-day programs this fall, potentially pushing…
April 5, 2019
Gov. Whitmer wants universal pre-K by the end of her four-year term. Will there be enough teachers?
In an interview with Chalkbeat, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer laid out an ambitious timeline for offering preschool to all Michigan four-year-olds.
April 5, 2019
As New York City pre-K teachers weigh a strike, new estimate puts cost of pay boost at $438 million
With a potential strike looming, the first estimate for what it would cost to boost salaries for pre-K teachers who work in community…
April 4, 2019
Full-day kindergarten across the nation: How does Colorado compare?
As Colorado's full-day kindergarten expansion plan nears the finish line, a look at how its kindergarten policies compare to other states.
April 2, 2019
The Starting Line: Preschool teacher strikes and the pay gap problem
Welcome to April! From possible preschool teacher strikes in New York City to a new state-level early education department in…
March 22, 2019
Big day for preschool: Illinois governor says state universal pre-K coming in 4 years; Chicago invests $77 million in early learning
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he expects Illinois would have universal preschool for 4-year-olds in 4 years. Next year, Chicago will add more than 100 pre-kindergarten classes
Asked and answered
March 20, 2019
Four questions for Chelsea Clinton about expanding early learning in cities
Visiting Chicago on Wednesday to help boost attention for literacy programs in laundromats, Chelsea Clinton said that her efforts were inspired in…
March 20, 2019
Here’s why Chelsea Clinton came to Chicago to visit a laundromat
The former first daughter visited a Hermosa laundromat to bring wider attention to a program championed through her family foundation’s Too Small to Fail initiative.
March 14, 2019
Limit on expulsions and suspensions of young Colorado students clears first legislative hurdle
An effort to limit school suspensions and expulsions for Colorado’s youngest students took its first step to becoming law Thursday.
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