Advocates are concerned that the decline could knock students off track academically.
Despite growing evidence of the importance of early childhood education, kindergarten is not mandatory in Pennsylvania.
Routine classroom moments are punctuated by reminders of COVID’s fallout at this Philadelphia elementary school.
The increase is primarily in the basic education subsidy, but includes savings through charter funding reform and $60 million more for Pre-K Counts
“We are trying to physically transform everyday spaces in Philadelphia and families’ experience of raising a reader.”
Experts testify about the importance of pre-K to student development as advocates mass on Capitol steps to demand the legislature reform the state’s funding system.
Olga Rosario, is a dual-language kindergarten teacher at Lewis Elkin Elementary School in Kensington. This school year, she is closely observing the development of early learners .
Many educators and advocates agree that parental involvement is key in early learners’ development — even more so after nearly two years of disrupted learning.
Staffing has always been an issue in the industry due to its persistently low pay and often stressful working conditions, but shortages worsened during the pandemic.
Preschool suspensions and expulsions in public schools have decreased in the last several years, but disparities based on race, gender and disability status persist.
The largest of Pennsylvania’s state-funded preschool programs serves only a fraction of the state’s nearly 300,000 3- and 4-year-olds.
Philadelphia’s health commissioner expresses ‘great concern’ over the low percentage of young children who have received the vaccine as the omicron variant emerges
Philadelphia’s overall public school enrollment dipped by about 4,300 students.
How one of Philadelphia’s poorest ZIP codes is dealing with the return of early learners. Chalkbeat Philadelphia will introduce readers to students, educators and parents in 19140 as they navigate the return to in-person school after more than a year of disrupted learning.
Experts say parents can help young children build math competence with simple activities that are part of everyday life
As summer break wanes, district leaders are using billboards, open houses, a back-to-school bus tour, and social media ads to bring students back to school after a tumultuous year.
The report from the National Council on Teacher Quality comes as some state leaders and advocates push to increase teacher diversity in Pennsylvania.
When the pandemic shut in-person learning, recess in Philadelphia’s public schools consisted of “time away from the screen” and “brain breaks.”
Some early childhood advocates and providers say the elimination of “education and retention awards” marks a retreat from state efforts to boost child care quality.
About 11% of the city’s licensed providers closed during the pandemic — a lower rate than some state and national surveys suggested.
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