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Early Childhood Education
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…
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.
city hall watch
February 6, 2019
Why Rahm Emanuel’s rollout of universal pre-K has Chicago preschool providers worried
Rahm Emanuel’s big-budget, top-down expansion of public preschool has provoked high anxiety among community providers.
February 4, 2019
In the push to extend mayoral control of schools, de Blasio highlights new pre-K dual language programs
New York City will open 47 new dual-language programs for pre-K students, an announcement that Mayor Bill de Blasio used as an opportunity…
January 24, 2019
Kindergarten classes are getting more academic. New research says the kids are all right.
Kindergarten isn’t what it used to be — and that might not be a bad thing.
hot off the presses
January 23, 2019
A silver medal for Detroit pre-K. Now where are the kids?
Detroit has earned a silver rating, the second-highest possible, in a national ranking of urban preschool programs published Wednesday. But the report by…
Making the grade
January 23, 2019
New York City gets a gold medal for pre-K quality and access, new report finds
New York City’s pre-K program earns high marks when it comes to quality and access, according to a new report that ranks early…
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