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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.
September 13, 2018
Jeff Bezos says he will use his riches to open Montessori preschools
The preschools will be free and inspired by the Montessori approach, in which children direct their own learning in an environment prepped for them to explore.
September 11, 2018
As 4-year-old preschool programs become the norm, Denver looks to reach 3-year-olds next
The Denver Preschool Program's new spending on 3-year-old classrooms fits with a growing recognition that such investments amplify the impact of 4-year-old preschool programs.
Back to school
Updated September 5, 2018
Emanuel touts pre-kindergarten, but will his envisioned $175 million initiative survive him?
Emanuel’s $20 million plan this year offers 3,700 free pre-K seats to low-income families and will boost the number steadily until every 4-year-old has access to pre-K.
Teach preschool for America
August 28, 2018
With preschool teachers in short supply, Colorado’s Teach For America is pulled into early childhood market
Teach For America has begun placing corps members into Colorado preschools, prompting both enthusiasm and trepidation.
early literacy matters
August 23, 2018
Tennessee launched a pre-K pilot program aimed at boosting literacy. Here is what happened.
A pilot program led by the State Department of Education at 134 early childhood programs across the state led to more growth in literacy skills among 7,000 of Tennessee’s youngest students.
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