Opportunity Across America: Achieving the College Dream

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., spoke at a college fair at Craigmont High School in Memphis, Tennessee, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, to highlight ways that students and parents can access and pay for college, as part of this year’s “Opportunity Across America” back-to-school bus tour. The Secretary shared information about the new, early Oct. 1 availability of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scorecard—both resources that help students prepare to apply for college.

FACT SHEET: A College Degree: Surest Pathway to Expanded Opportunity, Success for American Students

Pursuing high-quality postsecondary education is one of the most important investments a student can make, and is the surest path to the middle class in our country. Americans with college degrees are more likely to live healthier lives, be more civically engaged in their communities, have good-paying jobs, and experience greater job security. America’s students, families, and economic strength depend on a higher education system that helps everyone succeed.

U.S. Department of Education Awards Louisiana Department of Education up to $1.5 Million to Restore the Learning Environment in School Districts Most Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students is making available to the Louisiana Department of Education a Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant up to $1.5 million to support education-related services for six months in school districts hardest hit by recent storms and historic flooding. The widespread damage of the storm and flooding over several days devastated schools, homes and communities.

MyChild Daily Reports merges with brightwheel

September 16, 2016 | By Valerie Blackstock

A post on the MyChild support website on Tuesday, September 13 announces that MyChild Daily Reports has merged with brightwheel

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MyChild provides online portfolios, daily sheets and email reports for parents in child care or head start programs. They are based out of Chicago, Illinois and recently participated in the 2016 Google Demo Day where startups pitch their business to venture capitalists and other leaders in technology in California.

Unfortunately, MyChild and brightwheel appear to be discontinuing any access to the MyChild Daily Report app, posting this message to the MyChild website on Tuesday (content modified for brevity):

“MyChild will no longer be available after September 30, 2016. Your MyChild information will be available for download until September 30, 2016.”

“Return leased tablets to MyChild Inc. immediately. All tablets must be received by MyChild Inc. by September 30, 2016 or risk being charged future rent and or a recovery fee.”

“We apologize for this. Brightwheel is offering a free period through November 1, 2016 to help alleviate some of the inconvenience.”

Any company that’s helping to connect parents with their children is providing a valuable service and we’re sad to see MyChild go. This is especially true because the MyChild founder was clearly very passionate about the project, as well as being a spokesperson for the Chicago startup community. Here is a quote from the founder taken from the MyChild website about their recent opportunity to present at 2016 Google Demo Day:

“MyChild is committed to improving early childhood education and parental engagement through technology,” said Hugo Augusto, founder and CEO of MyChild. “We are excited to have the opportunity to pitch our business at this year’s Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day, and we look forward to highlighting 1871 and Chicago’s innovative startup ecosystem as we showcase our platform.”

With MyChild shutting down access to their app, there are some preschools seeking out an alternative to keep parents informed on their child’s day.

HiMama to the Rescue!

A number of child care and early learning programs using MyChild Daily Reports have reached out to us to transition their teachers and families onto HiMama. As HiMama offers many of the same features and benefits as MyChild, including a strong focus on children’s learning and development, the transition has been really smooth for these programs. If you were previously on MyChild and would like to continue keeping your parents informed with updates about their children’s activities and learning and development, get in touch with us and someone from the HiMama team will be happy to give you a tour.

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U.S. Department of Education Releases New Guidance on Using Evidence to Strengthen Education Investments During Back to School Bus Tour

The U.S. Department of Education today released new guidance, Using Evidence to Strengthen Education Investments, to support evidence-based decision-making by states, districts, schools, educators and partners. This non-regulatory guidance is intended to help stakeholders make more effective education investments by leveraging rigorous, relevant evidence to improve outcomes for kids under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. on Hispanic Heritage Month

EDITOR’S NOTE: See Spanish version below.

Nothing quite captures what it means to be an American more than the belief that hard work and perseverance will lead to a better quality of life. The Hispanic community shares these aspirations with every other community across the country, and our diverse experiences in pursuit of these shared values have long been woven into the fabric of American history. Today, we begin the annual observance of Hispanic Heritage Month and honor the contributions that Hispanics have made and continue to make to the United States.

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $5 Million to St. Louis, Baltimore and Chicago School Districts to Promote Student Resilience

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a total of $5,094,793 to St. Louis, Baltimore and Chicago school districts to promote student resilience following significant trauma related to episodes of civil unrest in their communities.

Obama Administration Investments in Early Learning Have Led to Thousands More Children Enrolled in High-Quality Preschool

Hundreds of thousands more children across the country have access to high-quality early learning programs today, compared to the beginning of the Obama Administration.

Veteran Teacher Shares Hopes for the New Year

Secretary King and senior officials got on the bus and went back to school this week during #OpportunityTour, which visited exemplary PK-12 schools and institutions of higher education and celebrated local ideas and initiatives across several southern states, including Alabama. This week’s edition of Voice from the Classroom brings us perspective from the 2008 Alabama Teacher of the Year, Dr. Pamela Harman.

Opportunity Across America

Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., delivered remarks at the U.S. Department of Education Headquarters in Washington, D.C., before setting off on the seventh annual back-to-school bus tour of the Obama Administration to celebrate progress in communities and states across the country. The tour kicked off in the nation’s capital and ended in Louisiana. King and other senior Department officials held events highlighting the Administration’s key education initiatives and the progress made to expand opportunity across the nation, as well as the groundwork laid for continued momentum.