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Tips from teachers for choosing quality childcare

September 2, 2021

FAMILY FEATURES As families across the country get ready for back-to-school season, many are also preparing to return to in-person work, which means finding the right program to support their children’s ongoing learning and development. According to the “The Current State of Scientific Knowledge on Pre-Kindergarten Effects” report, choosing a quality preschool helps children start…

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An important update from School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr., Ed.D.

August 27, 2021

Dear School District of Philadelphia Families, On Tuesday, August 31, we will start the 2021-22 school year with in-person learning five days a week. We have continued to work closely with our colleagues at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to monitor COVID-19 conditions and identify additional health…

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Philadelphia School Board votes to require vaccine for staff

August 27, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Acting Health Commissioner Cheryl Bettigole (Photo/ ASSOCIATED PRESS  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to mandate that its 20,000 teachers and staff members be vaccinated against COVID-19, but details of when the mandate would go into place are still being worked out, school district officials said. The move comes…

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Cheyney University to forgive pandemic student debt

August 6, 2021

The nation’s first HBCU will clear all outstanding balances dating back to spring 2020. In light of the financial and emotional hardships that students and their families have experienced because of the coronavirus pandemic, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania has announced that it will forgive student balances from the spring 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021…

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Ready for Learning Initiative to help Greater Philadelphia area students with back to school essentials this fall

August 6, 2021

The long-term impacts of the COVID-19 education gap will be significant to children’s developmental preparedness — especially the children the organization Cradles to Crayons serves who were already struggling. Cradles to Crayons serves more than 150,000 Philadelphia area children each year with high-quality everyday essentials.  Families spend on average $320 a year on back-to-school supplies….

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Clark Atlanta University clears and cancels student account balances

July 30, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Dr. George T. French, Jr. (Photo:  Clark Atlanta University President Dr. George T. French, Jr. recently announced that the university is canceling all student account balances for the Spring 2020 through Summer 2021 semesters, bringing them to a zero balance.  This initiative will have no impact on the students’ future financial aid eligibility…

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Floyd Cooper, acclaimed children’s illustrator, dead at 65

July 23, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Book illustrated by Floyd Cooper ILLUSTRATED BY FLOYD COOPER.  Cooper died early Friday after being ill with cancer for several months.  (Image courtesy of  HarperCollins Publishers) By Hillel Italie ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Floyd Cooper, an award-winning illustrator and author of children’s books whose mission to offer candid and positive images of…

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Tenure struggle ends with Hannah-Jones charting new course

July 9, 2021

ABOVE PHOTOS: Ta-Nehisi Coates (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) and Nikole Hannah-Jones (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) By Tom Foreman Jr.  And Aaron Morrison ASSOCIATED PRESS  WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.  — A Black investigative journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for her groundbreaking work on the bitter legacy of slavery in the U.S. announced Tuesday that she will…

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