When Business Gets Involved: A case study of business community involvement in Illinois' early childhood education policy

Education and Literacy

When Business Gets Involved: A case study of business community involvement in Illinois' early childhood education policy

As the first state to offer universal preschool to three?year?olds, Illinois' experience with early childhood education (ECE) policy reform efforts offers valuable lessons about how such change takes shape. The confluence of factors includes well?organized advocacy groups, the endurance to continue efforts over decades, a supportive governor, and an engaged business community. The description below details Illinois' ECE activities from 1992 to the present, with a particular focus on the business role in ECE policy. Chicago Metropolis 2020 was the main business group involved in ECE efforts, but, significantly, advocates and politicians also continuously cast the issues in language that would motivate economic and business interests.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois

Transforming Public Education: Pathway to a Pre-K-12 Future

Children and Youth;Education and Literacy

Transforming Public Education: Pathway to a Pre-K-12 Future

Based on interviews, research on early childhood learning, and lessons from efforts to expand pre-K access, argues for a pre-K-12 public education system. Outlines progress to date and reforms needed to improve school and life outcomes with pre-K for all.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States

Every Child, Every School: Lessons from Chicago's Partnership for Instructional Leadership

Education and Literacy

Every Child, Every School: Lessons from Chicago's Partnership for Instructional Leadership

Too many students in Chicago Public Schools are performing below -- often far below -- grade level. Ideally, all students should be increasing their subject matter knowledge and critical thinking skills over time. In September 2008 a three-year initiative, the Partnership for Instructional Leadership, was created to help a group of neighborhood elementary schools in Chicago Public Schools Area 4, on the city's Northwest Side, build the internal capacity to improve school achievement for all students at all grade levels, including Pre-K and English Language Learners.**Over the course of three years, the Partnership was implemented in 11 elementary schools�six for the full three years with five more schools joining in the third year. This report summarized significant outcomes and learnings from the Partnership experience.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Illinois-Cook County-Chicago

Milwaukee Public School teachers link preschool to better performance in Kindergarten

Education and Literacy

Milwaukee Public School teachers link preschool to better performance in Kindergarten

A survey of Milwaukee Kindergarten teachers finds nearly all (97%) report they can generally tell early in the school year which children attended preschool and which did not. Teachers also feel that those who attended preschool typically perform much better in Kindergarten and at least somewhat better after that. The survey of 77 teachers of five-year-old Kindergarten (K5) in the Milwaukee public school district (MPS) also finds that most teachers (93%) feel children with preschool or four-year-old Kindergarten (K4) backgrounds are somewhat to much better prepared to enter K5 than their peers. In addition, the majority (83%) feel spending time in preschool or K4 is very important prior to entering K5. These findings hold true for teachers in schools with higher-than-average enrollments of low-income children, as well as teachers in schools with fewer low-income children.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin-Milwaukee County-Milwaukee

State of Preschool 2008, The

Children and Youth, Education and Literacy

State of Preschool 2008, The

Provides data on state-funded pre-K programs for the 2007-08 school year and highlights progress in expanding enrollment and raising quality standards. Includes state rankings by percentage of children enrolled, funding per child, and benchmarks met.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States

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