Beyond Borders in a Crisis: the Global Response to Support Children

Joan Lombardi | NIEER: Preschool Matters Today “If there is anything this crisis has reinforced, it is that there are no real borders. We are all interconnected.” The total number of coronavirus cases around the world continues to grow. States, countries, and multi-national organizations are scrambling not only to protect their citizens, but also to…

What About Grocery Store Workers? Advocates Push Colorado to Extend Emergency Child Care

Ann Schimke & Erica Meltzer | Chalkbeat Colorado “Designating grocery and food supply workers as essential would bring more than 20,000 employees statewide under that umbrella, among them cashiers, shelf-stockers and other hourly workers considered important in the fight against the coronavirus.” On Wednesday, Governor Polis asked grocery stores to stay open during Colorado’s stay-at-home…

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…