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Examining the push to get kids starting school strong.
Asked and answered
May 30, 2019
Here are 12 things Chicago parents want to know about universal pre-K
Parents asked — and we answered — questions about enrollment, curricula, half-day programs, naps, and more.
Hope Starts Here
May 29, 2019
These foundations have poured millions into Detroit childcare. They’re ready to ‘accelerate’.
A philanthropic initiative is pumping millions into childcare in Detroit — and hiring someone to accelerate the process.
raising the alarm
May 22, 2019
New York City borough presidents echo demands for a do-over of pre-K, early childhood plans
The growing alarm clashes head-on with de Blasio’s praise of the city’s early childhood efforts on the campaign trail as he makes a long-shot bid for the presidency.
May 22, 2019
Chicago to shelve free pre-K at popular Lincoln Park magnet school
Trimming back a yearslong benefit for families in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, the Chicago school district has proposed charging parents nearly $14,000 a year.
(Very) early education
May 17, 2019
New proposal would extend early childcare pipeline from birth to preschool for some NYC children
The New York City comptroller, with support from some state legislators, is pushing for a new payroll tax to expand affordable care for children from birth to age 3.
May 16, 2019
‘Clean up your mess’: Some NYC pre-K providers have tough message for de Blasio ahead of White House bid
Independent preschool operators the city has relied on to make Pre-K for All a reality say the mayor’s ambitious early childhood plans have pushed them to the brink.
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 14, 2019
Preschool has enduring benefits for disadvantaged children — and their children, new research finds
It’s not just at-risk children who reap long-term educational and earnings benefits from high-quality preschool. It’s also their siblings and their eventual offspring.
Paying for pre-K
May 10, 2019
Indiana charter schools face hurdles to offering pre-K. But some have figured out a way.
A handful of Indiana charter schools have looked to creative partnerships in order to provide pre-K programs.
May 10, 2019
‘Crisis nursery’ off the table in Grand Junction as project leaders look to legislation
Early childhood advocates in western Colorado envisioned opening a free 24-hour "crisis nursery," but problems getting a state license has derailed the effort for now.
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.
May 7, 2019
The Starting Line: Head Start disruptions, discipline revamps, and new dyslexia laws
Welcome to the May issue of The Starting Line! It’s a busy time of year for early childhood news. Legislative…
May 2, 2019
Colorado Senate rejects nicotine tax that would have boosted preschool spending
There was no discussion or debate before the Colorado Senate rejected the proposal, which had the backing of Gov. Jared Polis.
April 30, 2019
From dozens of suspensions to one: How this Colorado school stopped removing young children
Changing discipline practices at a suburban Denver elementary school have helped school leaders go from dozens of early elementary suspensions to almost none.
April 26, 2019
Some New York City pre-K teachers set to walk off the job in scaled-back strike
Driving the work stoppage is a demand for higher pay. The teachers work in community-run centers and earn up to 60 percent less than their peers in public schools.
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