The Springfield News-Leader has launched a public-service journalism project to focus public attention on critical challenges facing children, foster discussion and build on existing initiatives. You can read Executive Editor David Stoeffler's introductory column for more information on the project.

The recently created News-Leader's Every Child community advisory committee -- with representatives from the business, government, education, nonprofit, law enforcement, health and faith sectors -- will play an important role. It will educate and advise journalists and help engage other stakeholders and the general public in a discussion and, ultimately, action.

Community leaders ready to innovate

May 5, 2013

No time to waste. That phrase came up over and over as Springfield community leaders described the urgency they feel about helping young children prepare for success in school and life.

Working to ensure consistent quality

May 4, 2013

As part of the Springfield conversation about preschool expansion, a frequent question comes up about how to ensure a consistent level of quality among different early childhood programs.

Preschool expansion had broad support

April 28, 2013

Outspoken business leaders, legislative champions and a committed advocacy community created the momentum that led to Arkansas’ major preschool expansion nearly a decade ago.

Ticket to a better life

April 28, 2013

On sign-up day each spring, parents of young children arrive at the Springdale Early Childhood Center long before the sun rises.

Preschool advice for Springfield

April 27, 2013

Those involved in the state’s preschool program — at multiple levels — offered advice to the Springfield community.

Can your 5-year-old do these things?

April 20, 2013

Based on a survey of Springfield Public Schools’ kindergarten teachers, here is what children are expected to know and be able to do on the first day of kindergarten:

Head Start braces for cuts

March 20, 2013

Fewer of the Ozarks’ neediest children will be able to enroll in Head Start next year.

Turning ideas into action

January 20, 2013

It’s time for action. It’s time to work together better. It’s time to develop a comprehensive plan to improve the lives of Springfield children. That was the pitch given last week for creating an umbrella coalition.

Parents as Teachers pays dividends

May 19, 2012

The Mayor’s Commission for Children is a citizen advisory board with the purpose of studying the needs of young children in our community.

The basic skills for kindergarten

April 29, 2012

Springtime signals a new beginning for many things. Nearly two thousand families in Springfield will have a kindergartener to get ready for school this fall.

Schools are the life of the neighborhood

March 31, 2012

Much higher test scores. Happy kids who are excited to learn. Supportive parents involved in decision-making. That’s what “community schools” have achieved in some of Tulsa’s poorest neighborhoods. Now, Springfield hopes it can happen here.