What Parents Need to Know About Vaccinating Young Children Against COVID-19

PBS NewsHour | William Brangham, Karina Cuevas, & Claire Mufson “It has been a blessing in this pandemic that our children have been largely spared the worst effects of COVID-19. But not all children have been, sadly…. While the statistics of how many children wind up having severe illness may be low, that’s not really…

Federal Stimulus Payments Kept More Than 2 Million Latino and Black Children Out of Poverty During the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020

ChildTrends | Dana Thomson, Lina Guzman, Renee Ryberg “Latino children represented the largest racial/ethnic group of children kept out of poverty by the additional income support from the stimulus payments. The latest Census figures show that 1.3 million Latino and 756,000 Black children were kept out of poverty by these federal relief efforts.” A new report from…

Bringing a Trauma-Informed Lens to Early Childhood Education

Edutopia | Roisleen Todd “By consistently empowering students to make decisions about their own actions and learning environments, we are showing them that their voice and identity matter and that they have the power to influence their environment.” With students returning to the classroom this school year, educators have an opportunity to empower students by…

Another Case for Paid Family Leave: Newborns’ Brain Development

The 19th | Jennifer Gerson “Not only did paid family leave reduce income inequality in the state, but mothers of color also reported being able to have more time at home with their infants and reported feeling more connected with their babies as a result of having access to paid leave.” Regarding the importance of…

First-Graders in the Reading Red Zone: How One Colorado School is Tackling Pandemic Gaps

Chalkbeat Colorado | Ann Schimke  “The pandemic torpedoed many of the school’s recent literacy gains and threw an especially disruptive wrench into the education of Remington’s first-graders, whose pre-K year was cut short and whose kindergarten year was marked by flip-flops between online and in-person learning.” Remington Elementary in Colorado Springs has committed its efforts…

American Motherhood vs. The American Work Ethic

Vox | Rani Molla “If we want women to come back to the labor force, then we’re going to have to make it so that they can afford [child care] to do so.” Women across many industries left the workforce due to childcare responsibilities. Many of the mothers that made the transition to working from…

Why Are The Waitlists For Child Care So Long?

Marketplace | Janet Nguyen “The child care system can seem like a paradox: parents spend thousands of dollars, while the workers looking after these children receive insufficient salaries.” The shortage of providers in the child care industry has resulted in these long waitlists for families. It is difficult to recruit and retain child care providers…