Colorado Got $119 Million in Early Childhood Funding from the Second Federal Stimulus Bill. Here’s Where It’s Going.

Chalkbeat Colorado | Ann Schimke “State officials estimated that at least 60% percent of the $119 million will go directly to child care providers across the state. The rest will go toward regional early childhood councils, community colleges, prospective early childhood teachers, and early childhood mental health consultants, among others.” Read more from Chalkbeat Colorado.

A Novel Effort to See How Poverty Affects Young Brains

The New York Times: The UpShot | Alla Katsnelson “It’s quite possible that the particular pathways to children’s outcomes differ across families… So by empowering families to use the money as they see fit, it doesn’t presuppose a particular pathway or mechanism that leads to differences in child development.” Recent stimulus distribution is giving neuroscientists…

Child Care in Crisis: Can Biden’s Plan Save It?

The New York Times: In Her Words | Alisha Haridasani Gupta “I have to be honest with you: At times, I thought, is this worth it? Is this fight worth it? But there was one day when I saw a child, who had been diagnosed with special needs, sitting in a classroom and playing with…

How Should School Districts Spend Their Summer?

New America | Meghan McCormick & Amena Sengal “Implementing high-quality programs that are fun, engaging, and relevant to children’s interests and experiences in the summer before kindergarten can further improve their academic, social and emotional skills, and help them navigate the transition to elementary school. This may be particularly true for children who do not have the opportunity to attend a formal pre-K…