COVID-19 Vaccine for Young Kids Could Be Ready This Month

National Public Radio: Morning Edition | Peter Granitz & Rob Stein “Having a safe and effective vaccine available for children in this age group is a priority for the agency and we’re committed to a timely review of the data.” Granitz and Stein discuss a new vaccine regimen for children between six months to five…

The Public Sector Turnover Crisis

Route Fifty | Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene “When case workers leave their jobs, there can be a devastating impact on children and families who need help.” Barrett and Greene explore the far-reaching impacts of high-turnover rates in public sector roles across the country, including mental health supports and family services. Read more from Route…

Opinion: I See Signs of Despair from Parents of Kids Under 5

The New York Times | Jessica Grose “This is the scariest time of the pandemic for sending my kids to day care.” In a new opinion for The New York Times, Jessica Grose highlights the mental health concerns for parents of young children. Grose focuses on complications in the vaccination system, keeping children safe, finding adequate…

Kids Who Lost Parents to COVID Deserve Help, Advocates Say

The Pew Charitable Trusts: Stateline | Aallyah Wright “From January 2020 to November 2021, more than 167,000 children under 18 lost a parent or in-home caregiver to COVID-19… Black and Hispanic children lost caregivers at more than double the rate of White children, while American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander children lost…

Colorado Kids Catching Up On Routine Vaccinations, But Still Below Pre-Pandemic Levels

The Denver Post | Meg Wingerter “Vaccination rates dropped less for children younger than 3 than for older groups, but any drop in infants and toddlers is especially concerning, because they haven’t had the initial doses that partially protect older kids if they’re late on a booster shot.” Overall vaccination rates have dropped dramatically during…

‘Down to My Last Diaper’: The Anxiety of Parenting in Poverty

California Healthline | Jenny Gold One in every three American families cannot afford enough diapers to keep their infants and toddlers clean, dry and healthy, according to the National Diaper Bank Network. For many parents, that leads to wrenching choices: diapers, food or rent?   Read more from California Healthline.

How COVID-19 May Change the Conversation About Class Size

K-12 Dive | Kara Arundel “The U.S. Department of Education has said smaller class sizes can help with COVID-19 mitigation, as well as allow teachers to be responsive to personalized efforts to accelerate learning after last year’s disruptions to in-person instruction.” Educators broadly agree that smaller class sizes are beneficial to children’s learning and development, but…

U.S. Pediatricians, Psychiatrists Declare ‘Emergency’ in Child Mental Health

U.S. News & World Report | Robert Preidt “Young people have endured so much throughout this pandemic and while much of the attention is often placed on its physical health consequences, we cannot overlook the escalating mental health crisis facing our patients.” Several national health organizations are calling for policymakers to treat the current mental…