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Examining the push to get kids starting school strong.
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.
April 23, 2018
From reading to breastfeeding, Detroit dads learn how to engage with their pre-K children
Although he grew up without a father or male role model, Dwayne Walker is the kind of dad who goes on his 5-year-old…
April 19, 2018
Despite top scores in quality standards, Michigan’s early education programs neglect English language learners
Michigan’s 4-year-olds receive some of the highest quality education and care available in the country — that is, if your child can speak…
April 18, 2018
Colorado’s state preschool program doesn’t serve English learners well, report finds
Colorado’s public preschool program fails to meet most targets for effectively serving young English learners, according to a new state-by-state report released today.
April 18, 2018
Why Indiana ranks second to last in the nation for access to its pre-K program
State leaders noted the state’s recent expansion of pre-K wasn’t reflected in the report.
April 9, 2018
In this program, artists help prepare children for kindergarten — and their teachers learn, too
Artists help students—and their teachers—learn with songs and stories
April 3, 2018
7 things to know about how Colorado schools punish their youngest students
As educators debate harsh school discipline nationwide, here's a look at which Colorado districts are suspending young children at the highest rates.
try try again
March 29, 2018
Will there be another legislative push to limit early childhood suspensions in Colorado? Not this year.
A year after a state bill to curb suspensions of young students died in the legislature, advocates have decided not to bring forward a new version.
March 26, 2018
Nonprofit charged with getting Memphis’ youngest students kindergarten-ready says city’s $6 million is just the start
The city of Memphis recently pledged $6 million for pre-kindergarten seats. But it's just a drop in the bucket of a $40 million pre-K plan.
March 26, 2018
Child care substitutes are in short supply. A new Colorado law could make them a little easier to find.
The bill could make it easier for child care centers to staff their classrooms when regular teachers are absent.
March 8, 2018
Three years in, an ambitious experiment to improve the odds for kids at one elementary school is scaling back
After three years, an ambitious project meant to change the trajectories of young children at one high-poverty elementary school is scaling back.
March 1, 2018
Colorado could get its first 24/7 child care facility for families in crisis
The Grand Valley Crisis Nursery would provide free short-term care for young children whose parents are experiencing emergencies or periods of high stress.
February 28, 2018
Most Detroit kindergartners miss too much school. They’ll likely struggle to read later.
Truancy might bring to mind teenagers skipping class to hang out with their friends or play video games, but in Detroit, it’s the…
(Very) early education
February 26, 2018
Michigan’s governor wants to catch young students before they fall behind
Federal money currently pays for that program, but for the first time, Gov. Rick Snyder wants to add $5 million more in state funds to make it available to more families.
hope on the horizon
February 15, 2018
With promise of new federal money, more low-income Colorado families could get help with child care
Thousands of additional Colorado families might be able to pay for child care if a federal spending bill due in March fulfills the pledge of a recent budget deal.
February 9, 2018
A giant leap: How one Colorado community plans to double its child care spots in three years
Leaders in Mesa County want to tackle everything from low test scores to employment problems by improving early childhood care, but there are serious challenges ahead.
Head Start restart
February 1, 2018
Months after ‘scary’ disruption, Detroit Head Start programs get new management, make room for additional kids
Although four sites were closed in the process, Head Start providers not only created enough programs for the children who were displaced, but classrooms were added to serve even more, enough to eventually enroll 600 children.
January 29, 2018
Bill to incentivize giving to Colorado child care providers advances
A bill that would extend a state tax credit that incentivizes donations to Colorado child care providers passed the House Finance Committee on Monday.
January 26, 2018
Coaches in the classroom: How Colorado preschools are upping their teaching game
Coaching is increasingly being used to help child care and preschool teachers — and the centers where they work — improve.
January 26, 2018
Economically integrated early childhood settings are good for kids, yet they are rare
All children can benefit from socioeconomically diverse classes, one major study found, but few have access to them in preschool.
January 23, 2018
After an early childhood overhaul, paying families are bringing diversity to some New York City child care centers
New York City's recent early childhood overhaul might inadvertently have laid the groundwork for integration in its highly segregated early childhood programs.
A new floor
January 19, 2018
Colorado’s new minimum wage means raises for child care workers and tuition increases for parents
Colorado's new minimum wage of $10.20 an hour is a good step for the state's child care workers, but comes with a few wrinkles, early childhood advocates say.
Early childhood literacy
December 19, 2017
How to make a good reader? Combine in-school tutoring with hundreds of books for toddlers and babies
The is part of a state-wide push to help more children learn to read before a new state law forces schools to hold back third-graders who aren’t reading at grade level
December 19, 2017
Memphis gets back into education game with vote to fund pre-K classrooms
The measure, approved 11-0, did not provide a funding stream for the pre-K investment, but essentially holds Memphis to find a way to come up with $8 million.
December 12, 2017
To end child care deserts, it’s time to rethink care provided by family and friends, activists and experts say
Recognizing how widespread that type of care is and putting a renewed value on those providers could help close stubborn academic achievement gaps, the panel said.
December 6, 2017
Life in a child care desert: What one Denver neighborhood can teach us about solving a national problem
In the north Denver neighborhood of Elyria-Swansea, licensed child care is in short supply — a problem has sparked several efforts to alleviate the problem.
December 5, 2017
Memphis mayor endorses pre-K investments as City Council plans vote
The council will vote soon on whether to commit the city to coming up with at least $8 million to fill an impending gap in pre-K funding.
December 1, 2017
Will pre-K put the city of Memphis back in the education business?
Three members of the City Council plan to introduce a resolution to support expanding pre-K in Memphis.
November 29, 2017
A high-tech approach to boost language skills starts with infants in Detroit
Can an expensive program combining early intervention and technology beat back the reading gap?
November 10, 2017
Foundations put $50 million behind effort to improve lives of young Detroit children
The Kellogg and Kresge foundations announced they would each spend $25 million in the next few years to improve the health and education of children aged birth to 8 in the city.
November 9, 2017
In a city where 60 percent of young children live in poverty, a ten-year plan aims to improve conditions for kids
A coalition of community groups led by two major foundations has a plan to change the fortunes of Detroit’s youngest citizens.
November 6, 2017
As a major provider of Head Start exits the program, hundreds of vulnerable Detroit families brace for change
Most or all of the Southwest Solutions Head Start programs will be transferred to other operators but their ability to smoothly transfer students is uncertain, adding stress to the lives of families already in crisis.
All over the map
October 19, 2017
What do children need to know when they start kindergarten? You might be surprised
Early childhood leaders in Larimer County created a parent guide on kindergarten readiness after finding wide variations in what parents and teachers expect from kids.
October 18, 2017
How a Memphis pre-K giant is changing the way early childhood educators are taught
About 500 Memphis teachers will go through Porter-Leath’s training this year in an effort to boost the quality of early education instruction.
October 12, 2017
Here are the next districts where New York City will start offering preschool for 3-year-olds
Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he wants to make 3-K available to every family who wants it by 2021.
Enter to win
October 11, 2017
Denver organization to launch national prize for early childhood innovation
A Denver-based investment group will soon launch a national contest meant to help scale up great ideas in the early childhood field.
October 6, 2017
This Colorado ski town had an early childhood education crisis. Here’s what local leaders did about it.
A growing number of initiatives across Colorado use public money — usually gleaned from local property tax or sales tax — to improve child care and preschool options.
October 2, 2017
Memphis early education giant merges with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library affiliate
In an effort to bolster early literacy, the city's leading provider of early childhood education for poor children adds home book delivery to its services.
leveling the playing field
September 28, 2017
Amid questions and confusion, DPS axes advanced kindergarten program in bid for greater equity
Denver Public Schools is eliminating its advanced kindergarten program because of declining enrollment in the program and because it serves disproportionate numbers of white and higher-income students.
'class of 2031'
September 22, 2017
An earlier start: Once rare, more Denver charter schools are embracing preschool
A growing number of Denver youngsters are attending preschools run by the city's charter schools, including one in the KIPP charter network.
September 19, 2017
Who benefits from Head Start? Kids who attend — and their kids, too
It’s the latest signal that a substantial investment in early childhood education, particularly when paired with well-funded K-12 schools, can have long-lasting benefits.
Wanna go outside?
September 15, 2017
Less plastic, more trees: New effort seeks to reinvent preschool playgrounds and capture kids’ imaginations
The idea behind a new early childhood grant program is to create outdoor spaces that capture kids’ imagination, connect them with nature and keep them active.
September 11, 2017
New York City wants to know: How effective is its training for pre-K teachers?
The NYU study will use measures of student behavior and third-grade test scores to track the impact of the city’s different teacher training programs.
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