Information resources on kindergarten

For more information on preparing your child for kindergarten:

– Champaign County Birth to 6 Council:

Includes a "Getting Ready for Kindergarten" calendar of family activities that you can download.

UI college combines three departments

CHAMPAIGN – The College of Education at the University of Illinois is combining three departments into one – but not to save money.

Dean Mary Kalantzis said the impetus to create the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership came from the faculty, not from a cost-cutting motivation, and "will create synergies for creative collaboration."

Washington, Garden Hills school lotteries to be held first

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district will hold two kindergarten lotteries this year for families with children entering school next fall.

Danville schools will seek feedback on uniforms

DANVILLE – A meeting this week to discuss school uniforms for Danville students has resulted in a decision to survey both students and parents about the issue.

"The next step is to create the surveys and get as much feedback as possible," said Eliza Brooks, principal of Liberty Elementary School.

Mahomet will be only downstate site for math competition this spring

MAHOMET – Students with an interest in math can test their skills in an international competition later this spring.

Mahomet-Seymour Junior High is one of the sites – and the only downstate site in Illinois – for the Math Kangaroo competition.

Classes on personal finance to be offered free

CHAMPAIGN – Free classes on personal finance will be offered on 11 consecutive Thursday evenings in February, March and April, courtesy of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance and the PAID Program.

The classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., starting Feb. 3 and running through April 14, at the Land of Lincoln office, 302 N. First St., C.

Kiplinger's says UI still a good value

Despite a state budget crisis, the University of Illinois was ranked Tuesday as one of the best values in academia.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance released its list of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2011, schools that exemplify excellent academics while keeping in-state and out-of-state costs to a minimum.

Community invited to weigh in on uniforms

DANVILLE – Parents and community members will have an opportunity to weigh in on the issue of school uniforms this evening.

Out of the Ownership in Education process, which annually discusses changes to the Danville schools' handbook, the topic of school uniforms will have its own meeting or set of meetings, depending on participation.

Danville grads take role in school district planning

DANVILLE – Planning for Danville schools takes a new tack in the next few months, beginning this week when two Danville High School graduates lead a focus group of their peers.

Parkland launches retail management classes

CHAMPAIGN – Mark Kesler has owned six Subway stores, three Chinese restaurants, a coffeehouse and a strip shopping center.