How Policy Can Maximize Children’s Potential by Addressing Systemic Racism

Education Commission of the States | Al Race  “The evidence is clear and growing: structural, cultural, and interpersonal racism impose unique and substantial stressors on the daily lives of families raising young children of color that affect lifelong learning and health.” In a society that improves the well-being of all children and families, new policies…

Our Take: Diverse Language Households Disproportionately Affected by Pandemic

Gerardo Silva-Padrón, Research & Policy Intern Staying optimistic during a pandemic is a challenge for anyone, but the difficulties of finding appropriate child care and transitioning to remote learning have been especially hard for diverse-speaking families. About 28% of Colorado children under eight are diverse language learners (DLLs), and our 2020 survey of more than 11,500 families found that roughly 44% of diverse language households have experienced difficulty…

Our Take: Working Mothers Feel Increased Strain During the Pandemic

Katie Nicolaou, Research & Policy Intern The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting working women nationwide, as highlighted in a recent report from the Center for American Progress and the Century Foundation. In late summer 2020, Early Milestones and the Butler Institute surveyed over 11,000 Colorado families with children under the age of 12. Women represented…

Our Take: Racism is an Adverse Childhood Experience

Courtney Thornton, Senior Coordinator “Despite clear evidence acknowledging racism as a major life stressor for Black youth, theoretical models of early childhood adversity have largely neglected the multifaceted influence of racism on mental health outcomes.”    Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) lead to increased health risks, mental health concerns, and other issues. In the United States,…

Our Take: It’s Time to Address Inequities Facing Mothers and Babies of Color

Vani Tangella, Senior Project Manager “When it comes to how mothers and their infants fare in pregnancy and delivery, race—or, more precisely, racism—matters.”  —from Maternal and Child Health Inequities Emerge Even Before Birth   The health and well-being of mother and baby are so tightly connected and inequities impact both. A new report from Zero to…

Stories from the Coronavirus Front Line

We are hearing so many inspiring stories about community members supporting one another right now. It’s important to share both the struggles and the great efforts to help one another that are happening all across Colorado. Click here to share your story with us.   CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR PROGRAMS DURING CLOSURE I just got Pamela’s notification that…

Full-day kindergarten outcomes for Colorado

Why full-day kindergarten matters Full-day kindergarten (FDK) is beneficial for children, parents, and teachers. Last year, less than half (41.3%) of Colorado children met all kindergarten entry expectations. At later grades, academic gaps become increasingly harder to close, making access to early learning through full-day kindergarten and preschool a more affordable and effective approach to…