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Examining the push to get kids starting school strong.
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.
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 6, 2019
What Whitmer’s budget means for preschoolers in Michigan — and Detroit
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer campaigned hard on the promise of offering preschool to every Michigan 4-year-old. Now she says it could still happen — just…
February 26, 2019
It’s good to be a baby in Colorado, new report shows
Colorado received top marks in a new state-by-state report on the best and worst places to be a baby or toddler.
February 22, 2019
Is Tennessee moving its weakest teachers to early, non-tested grades? New research says yes.
Low-performing teachers in grades 3 through 5 are more likely to be reassigned to non-tested early grades than their more effective peers.
early childhood discipline
February 21, 2019
New Colorado bill aims to keep young students in school — even after they misbehave
Colorado lawmakers have proposed legislation to limit suspensions of young children — the latest push in a four-year effort to pass early childhood discipline reform.
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 8, 2019
As pre-K expands in Indiana, slow sign-ups lead to millions in leftover state funding
Expanding On My Way Pre-K has been slower than hoped, Indiana officials said, in part due to the challenge of introducing the new program in rural counties.
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