Colorado’s Kindergarten Math: How A Pandemic Plus Lower Birth Rates are Changing School for Young Learners

Chalkbeat Colorado | Ann Schimke  “Tangled up with COVID-related enrollment changes are declines associated with Colorado’s shrinking child population, particularly in school districts with aging populations or pricey housing.” Before the pandemic, the population of 5- to 7-year-olds has declined in several large Colorado counties. Thus, many experts worry that the pandemic will create more…

Daycare Is Costly In The U.S. — So Is Biden’s Plan To Fix It

NPR | Andrea Hsu “I’m doing high impact, high intensity work for less money than I could go make milkshakes at Burger King.” Child care providers are aware that the federal relief funds will only be temporary. President Biden plans to make child care affordable or even free for working parents through his American Families…

How Going Remote Led to Dramatic Drops in Public School Students

EdSource | Karen D’Souza & Daniel J. Willis  “Nationwide, the steepest kindergarten losses were seen in neighborhoods below and just above the poverty line, where the average household income for a family of four was $35,000 or less. The drop was 28% larger in schools in those neighborhoods than in the rest of the country.”…

Return to Work? Not With Child Care Still in Limbo, Some Parents Say.

The New York Times | Claire Cain Miller “As the Delta variant spreads, many parents of young children — those under 12 who cannot yet be vaccinated — say they’re unable to return to workplaces or apply for new jobs as long as there is uncertainty about when their children can safely return to full-time…

The Pandemic’s Toll: National Test Scores Show Progress Slowed, Gaps Widened

Chalkbeat Colorado | Matt Barnum  “Younger students saw some of the biggest declines, as did students attending high-poverty schools. That means the pandemic widened pre-pandemic test score gaps by race and economic status.” According to new national data, the pandemic that has disrupted schooling also slowed progress in math and reading for millions of U.S….