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Early Childhood Education
August 5, 2019
Educators trusted with babies and toddlers don’t make a living wage — Illinois wants to change this
Across Illinois, early childhood educators are paid far less than their counterparts in K-12 schools. Under the proposal, teacher pay would start at about $40,000 a year.
June 20, 2019
Children who go to preschool are better prepared for kindergarten. But is that enough?
Should Indiana worry about research on long-term results to justify an expansion, or should it stay focused on getting children ready for kindergarten?
May 14, 2019
‘Get this right’: Comptroller Stringer adds to calls for major changes to New York City’s pre-K contracts
Pre-K and childcare providers in New York City say that changes to how they're funded could spell financial disaster.
May 9, 2019
The 4-year-olds are alright in Michigan. The 3-year-olds, less so.
Michigan's education program for 4-year-olds is solid. Its program for 3-year-olds is non-existent.
April 17, 2019
Can pre-K help students, even if they don’t attend?
“Having students come into the classroom better prepared, that in and of itself is going to help all students,” said researcher Breyon Williams.
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 14, 2019
Demanding higher pay, New York City pre-K teachers move toward a strike
One of two locals under District Council 1707 voted to strike if their demands for higher pay are not met. The second local will vote Monday.
Updated March 12, 2019
Across Illinois, littlest children face some form of ‘high risk,’ new report says
Illinois spends less than 5 percent of its budget on children under 5, two-thirds of whom live in counties where they face high risks to their health or development.
(Very) early education
March 8, 2019
This New York City charter network is taking its lessons to toddlers
Preschool is already too late, if you ask Ian Rowe. The head of Public Prep charter schools in New…
March 7, 2019
Rise & Shine: What Whitmer’s budget proposal means for Michigan preschoolers
Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox. BOOSTING…
February 21, 2019
As New York City’s public housing crumbles, pre-K centers go without crucial repairs
The tables where children would normally play had been dragged to create a makeshift barrier, blocking the 3- and 4-year olds from their…
February 20, 2019
Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker plows $100 million more into early ed — but no universal preschool this year
“Investing in early childhood is the single most important education policy decision government can make," Pritzker said Wednesday.
February 14, 2019
As lawmakers consider major preschool expansion, Colorado providers want more than just extra seats
With Gov. Jared Polis’ plan to expand Colorado’s state-funded preschool program, many early childhood educators are hoping for more flexibility along with new slots.
Race for mayor
February 11, 2019
How to help Chicago’s younger learners? Mayoral frontrunners skip a chance to say.
Chicago is in the first year of a four-year universal pre-kindergarten rollout, and the city’s next mayor will determine much of the fate of the program.
February 9, 2019
To ease child care crunch in a Denver strike, Colorado regulators will waive certain rules
Preschools with a little extra room may be able to get emergency waivers to accept early childhood program students from Denver Public Schools in the…
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