More on the Vanderbilt Preschool study and its fallout

Two key voices from Tennessee's education system shared the lessons and changes in the system since a 2015 study revealed hits, misses in the state's voluntary prekindergarten program. Read full story


Shannon’s Window: The power of play to build brains

How to avoid the Big Slowdown: Trading the movement and unstructured play-based learning of preschool for alot more sitting still and worksheets in kindergarten. Read full story


Shannon’s Window: Winning the battle of school readiness

What does it take to win the battle of kindergarten readiness? One story from the staff at T.R. Jackson Head Start and Prek gives a glimpse. Read full story


VPK in Florida grows up

State program that makes a half-day of prek free to all 4-year-olds is a decade old

State officials mark 10 years of the VPK, which offers a half-day of preschool free to every Florida 4-year-old, as they move forward with new tools to gauge its impact on kindergarten readiness. Read full story


Helping 5-year-olds make the grade

With new guidelines for kindergarten readiness being rolled out this year, preschool and kindergarten teachers are working both ends of the readiness issue. Read full story

Early education

Does universal pre-K help the children who need it most?

Universal pre-K has been touted as a panacea in early education, but new studies show the children who would most benefit — the poor, the disengaged and the disadvantaged — get short-shrift if the program isn't fully funded. Read full story


Shannon’s Window: Kindergarten readiness scores remain in the dark

The problems in calculating this year's kindergarten readiness scores highlight the fact that the problems with FSA writing test weren't an aberration. Read full story