Ahead of the school year, Chicago Public Schools is encouraging families to sign up for its preschool program, which has thousands of open seats.
Illinois children between 6 months and 5 years old are now eligible for COVID vaccinations. Will child care centers return to normal this fall?
Families are finding more demand than availability in summer camp programs for Chicago children. The pandemic has added to the shortage.
Chalkbeat wants to hear what you’ve been doing this summer for care and any challenges you’ve encountered.
The COVID vaccines will be available after authorization from the Food and Drug Administration Friday and expected approval by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The consideration to lift the mask mandate comes a week after board members voted to uphold safety measures including mask wearing across the district.
Day cares and child care centers can now set their own rules, public health officials said.
In Illinois, where curriculum traditionally is the domain of individual districts, the conversation is just getting started.
For the first time since 2020, the Illinois governor has proposed an increase in the state’s education budget with investments for students from preschool to higher education.
In 2022, Illinois will launch 39 regional councils of policymakers, parents, educators, and health care professionals to weigh in on spending in their communities.
Illinois enrollment declines driven by loss of pre-kindergarten, kindergarten students this year.
Illinois early test score results show that the pandemic year took a toll on the state’s youngest learners.
Jeanette Delgado is a dual-language teacher in Urbana District 116. This year she is focused on classroom friendships — and getting her students outside.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said the state will offer three months of free child care for unemployed workers looking for jobs beginning Oct. 1.
With little public understanding yet of the impact of the pandemic on young learners, educators at LEARN Charter Schools’ Hunter Perkins campus are adapting as they go.
The mayor wants an extension for a critical line of Head Start funding that the federal government intends to steer away from city and toward nonprofit organizations.
It remains to be seen whether the change will yield stronger competition, higher quality programs, and more seats for children under 5 in the neighborhoods that need them — or create confusion on the ground.
Pushing out families or urging them to transfer to other programs is a practice researchers call soft transitioning, or counseling out.
In Illinois, low pay and high turnover threaten to destabilize the early childhood workforce. How some want to change that.
While K-12 school districts will see a boost, the early childhood block grant that pays for preschool programs across Illinois will remain flat at $543 million.
Supporters of Senate Bill 1832 say it could potentially address multiple problems, including high turnover and low wages in the early childhood workforce.
2020 brought unprecedented challenges. Here’s how one Chicago pre-kindergarten teacher navigated them — and how she’s thinking about the transition to in-person learning in January.
Currently, different early learning programs are steered by a mish-mash of agencies, leading to little accountability or transparency.
Hay varias razones de por qué las tasas de vacunación infantil, típicamente altas en Chicago, han disminuido entre los niños, incluyendo miedo a estar expuestos al COVID-19 y desconfianza de las vacunas.
If children aren’t visiting the doctor for vaccinations, they’re also missing out on screenings for developmental delays and child abuse.