The Coronavirus Puts Child Care Sector in Need of a Bailout

Elizabeth Warren, Bruce Mann, Joseph Kennedy III, Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Katherine Clark, Ayanna Pressley, and Conan Harris | The Boston Globe “One thing is clear: We can no longer afford to approach child care as an economic accessory. We must approach it as the oxygen on which every facet of our recovery will depend.” Even…

How Schools Are Scrambling to Protect Homeless Students as Coronavirus Disrupts Lives

Mark Keierleber | The 74 “Even before the coronavirus prompted widespread disruption, the number of K-12 students experiencing homelessness recently reached its highest point in over a decade. More than 1.5 million students were homeless at some point during the 2017-18 school year, according to the most recent federal education data.” Youth homelessness in the United…

Parents, We Need to Connect with Each Other.

Illuminate Colorado “It is all uncharted territory and every parent has a lot to worry about right now. While everyone is encouraged to physically distance ourselves from each other, that doesn’t mean we need to socially isolate from one another.” Crises can bring communities together. It is in this spirit that many state and local…

Babies Don’t Do Social Distancing (Opinion)

The Hill | Lea Austin, Marcy Whitebook, & Ashley Williams “While schools have closed for millions of students, child care programs are being urged to remain open. Children and their teachers in child care settings are no less contagious than those in schools…” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that both…

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…

The Kids Aren’t All Right

The Atlantic | Vann R. Newkirk II “This is likely a once-in-a-generation disaster, and it will affect every domain of human life. It will be traumatic. And trauma always falls hardest on the youngest among us.” Trauma affects children and adults differently, and the major disruption to children’s lives caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is…