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Most drug violations in CPS involve an ounce or less of marijuana. Schools are quick to call police, yet rarely have the resources to offer education, counseling or other non-punitive help to students.

early childhood education

August 20, 2014

The Illinois State Board of Education voted on Wednesday to delay a requirement for preschool teachers to obtain additional qualifications to teach children who don’t speak English.

August 15, 2014

After years of budget cuts, enrollment in state-funded preschool programs in Illinois has fallen to levels not seen in nearly a decade – before the state rolled out its ambitious Preschool for All initiative, according to a new report by Voices for Illinois Children.

July 21, 2014

More than a year and a half after voting to unionize, YMCA child care workers in Chicago have yet to agree on a contract with the large, not-for-profit organization.

July 03, 2014

Need help finding a quality early learning provider for your child? This week, a new web site based off the state’s updated quality rating system came online to do just that.

June 05, 2014

CPS recently awarded nearly $4.6 million in grants to 10 early childhood learning providers that are seeking to expand or enhance their facilities and serve more children, from birth to age 5.

June 03, 2014

From opening “pop-up” preschools in Cicero to building new partnerships with existing service agencies, teams of parents, educators and health care providers are developing locally-based projects to improve access to early childhood education in the communities that most need it.

May 28, 2014

Sandra Barnes, a mother of six, was trapped in a dead-end retail job because she needed to provide for her family.

Barnes had earned her high school diploma and had become a Certified Nursing Assistant in 2002, but didn’t follow through with finding a job in that field. In 2011, she earned a certificate for medical billing and coding but found herself stuck career-wise.

May 15, 2014

Preschool teachers in Illinois may get two more years to obtain the required qualifications to teach children who don’t speak English. 

May 07, 2014

Even as CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has pledged to find ways to reduce chronic truancy and absenteeism in Chicago Public Schools, her administration is quietly grappling with the fact that the problem is getting worse in the elementary grades.

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