The researcher behind Tennessee’s pre-K study wants to rethink public preschool. Others say not so fast.
Education is expected to be front and center again — with K-12 funding reform at the top of the list
The investment is part of an ongoing effort to improve early childhood education in Shelby County
First 8 Memphis, which coordinates early childhood services across the county, has hired a permanent leader.
First 8, which aims to prepare children for kindergarten, was created as the fiscal agent to oversee public dollars for early education efforts and to leverage private funding as well. Its 13 board members will be in charge of distributing funds, as well as shaping the vision of the new entity.
A Memphis prekindergarten giant plans to build three new childcare academies over the next three years – and announced Thursday that one of them will be in partnership with the University of Memphis.
A new study says long-lasting pre-K benefits depend on more than just the quality of the pre-K program.
Shelby County commissioners signed off Monday on $2.5 million in new prekindergarten funding — replacing federal early childhood funds that are expiring June 30.
Low-performing teachers in grades 3 through 5 are more likely to be reassigned to non-tested early grades than their more effective peers.
Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville wants local flexibility to shift pre-K dollars to other early childhood education needs.
A new report on quality and access to early education programs across the country gives Memphis a bronze medal, mainly for providing prekindergarten for at least 30 percent of the city’s 4-year-olds, and Nashville a gold medal for meeting both quality and accessibility standards. The report said in addition to
Dozens of grown-ups crowded into a meeting room Tuesday at an early childhood center in Memphis to celebrate a new partner in educating the city’s youngest learners: Elmo and Sesame Street. Officials with Porter-Leath, which provides early education to hundreds of children in the city, and ACE Awareness Foundation,
A pilot program led by the State Department of Education at 134 early childhood programs across the state led to more growth in literacy skills among 7,000 of Tennessee’s youngest students.
A committee of Shelby County Commissioners voted 4-2 Tuesday in favor of approving a plan that details funding for pre-K through 2022.
A Porter-Leath program that trained 500 prekindergarten teachers this year has a new leader.
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.
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 the State Department of Education, will go to nearly 95 percent of the state’s 146 districts to serve at-risk 4-year-olds, or about 18,320 children. The full
Tennessee met only five of 10 quality benchmarks designed by a national advocacy organization that recently released its annual preschool report.
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.
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.
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.
If you value Chalkbeat, consider making a donation
Chalkbeat is a nonprofit newsroom dedicated to providing the information families and educators need, but this kind of work isn’t possible without your help.