Pre-K to K Transitions Program: Boosting School Success

Posted on December 6th, 2017

Now entering its third year of implementation, the Altgeld-Riverdale Early Learning Initiative’s Pre-K to Kindergarten Transitions Program is designed to help young children in the Altgeld-Riverdale community acquire the academic and social/emotional…

Altgeld-Riverdale Early Learning Coalition: Creating a Trauma-Informed Community

Posted on October 3rd, 2017

As the new school year gets underway, the Altgeld-Riverdale Early Learning Coalition will be taking a closer look at how traumatic experiences affect children, and what it means to become “trauma-informed.” Exposure…

Early Learning Coalition Brings Science Enrichment to Altgeld-Riverdale Kids

Posted on December 19th, 2016

Each month, first, second, and third graders from Aldridge Elementary in the Altgeld-Riverdale community board a bus bound for Kids Science Labs in the South Loop for an hour of discovery and…

Altgeld-Riverdale Innovation Zone Praised at State Conference

Posted on November 22nd, 2016

The Altgeld-Riverdale Early Childhood Innovation Zone, a partnership between BPI and a community-wide coalition, received accolades at a statewide conference earlier this month for successfully increasing preschool enrollment at the schools and…

New Panel on School Funding Reform: A Move in the Right Direction

Posted on July 22nd, 2016

BPI Executive Director Hoy McConnell was quoted earlier this week in a Cook County Record article about the new Illinois School Funding Reform Commission, saying it was encouraging news.  From the article: BPI…

Kindergarten Readiness and Early Learning Survey Results in Altgled-Riverdale

Posted on December 16th, 2015

In 2012, BPI launched an early childhood learning initiative in Chicago's Altgeld Gardens/Riverdale community in partnership with a coalition of some 30 diverse organizations, including schools, churches, community organizations, community residents, and…

BPI Alumni Spotlight: Sam Heidorn

Posted on August 27th, 2015

Enjoy the latest from our blog series highlighting former BPI staff, fellows, interns, and directors. Today we're profiling Sam Heidorn. Affiliation with BPI 2015 Summer Intern for Early Education Current Position Rising senior majoring in…

Community-Powered Early Learning Collaboration in Altgeld-Riverdale

Posted on November 20th, 2014

This is a good-news post—a progress report on the impressive accomplishments of an extraordinary community coalition in the Altgeld-Riverdale community in which BPI has been deeply engaged over the past two years….

Kim Zalent Named Co-Chair of UChicago CCSR Steering Committee

Posted on October 23rd, 2014

BPI is proud to announce that Kim Zalent has been named Co-Chair of The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (UChicago CCSR) Steering Committee. “Like BPI, the Consortium grabs onto…

Knowledge Exchange Recap: The Learning Gap

Posted on May 6th, 2014

Each month we're reporting out on our Knowledge Exchanges, held as part of our Visiting Fellowship in Urban Poverty with Loyola University of Chicago’s Center on Urban Research and Learning (CURL). In…

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