San Francisco is creating college savings accounts for kindergartners in half the city's public schools, with plans to expand to all schools in fall 2012.


Today's new-school-year guest reflection is from Skokie Mom, whose daughter started kindergarten in this northwestern suburb of Chicago in late August.


Final federal rules for programs serving infants and toddlers with disabilities are out, plus information for states applying for the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge.


A few friends with children in the years between preschool and 3rd grade will share their back-to-school reflections. First up: parents' night in Montgomery County, Md.


Erikson Institute, in Chicago, launches an early-learning project for which it received a federal Investing in Innovation grant.


More than a third of Chicago kindergartners missed 18 days of school or more in 2009-10, says an article that suggests half-day programs may contribute to poor attendance.


U.S.Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., heard from experts in the child-care field on ways to improve the rules for states using federal child-care subsidies.


Some local pre-K programs in North Carolina are looking to line up partners that could offer spots if additional money is forthcoming.


Elanna Yalow, chief academic oficer of global-learning programs for Knowledge Universe, which owns of KinderCare, answers questions about private child-care providers and the federal Early Learning Challenge.


The president of Erikson Institute spoke about the $500 million federal grant competition and the role of assessment and standards within it.


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