Which Countries Have the Most Generous Child-Care Policies?

The Economist  “Tiny Luxembourg tops the table. America is among the meanest.”   The Economist has generated a chart that measures and ranks nations based on their child-care policies. The rankings reflect five main categories: Leave, Access, Quality, Affordability, and Overall. The United States places among one of the lowest countries with generous child-care policies. Read…

Connecticut Becomes First State in Nation for Baby Bonds

Early Learning Nation | Bryce Covert “For us to be the first in the nation to tackle generational poverty and advance racial equity with the enactment of CT Baby Bonds is powerful and a testament to our values and our shared belief that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the American Dream.”   On June…

CU Denver Will Spearhead Group to Reform Early Childhood Teacher Preparation

Chalkbeat Colorado | Ann Schimke The University of Colorado Denver is launching a statewide effort to make it easier for new and existing early childhood teachers to earn college degrees. The statewide effort aims to make Colorado’s degree programs more accessible and affordable to early childhood teachers. The grant program comes at an exciting time…

What Changes Families Need to Recover from the Past Year

The Hechinger Report | Jackie Mader  “These are families who were living paycheck to paycheck before the pandemic and now suddenly have six, eight, ten months of rent or utilities to pay.”   While there are still policy discussions surrounding federal and state support that could help families recover, many community organizations, child care centers, and…

New Law Will Help Colorado Employers Build On-Site Child Care Facilities

Denver Business Journal | Ed Sealover “Last year was a wake-up call on how important but fragile our child care system is. This helps families get safe, accessible and affordable high-quality learning. Today’s bill is a big darn deal.”  said Michelle Barnes, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services.  Colorado Senate Bill 236, sponsored…

For Kids With Mental Health Issues The Pandemic Was ‘Fuel To The Fire.’ What Help Is On The Way?

Colorado Public Radio | Andrea Dukakis “Especially in the last several years and definitely over the pandemic…we are seeing younger kids…who are already having mental health challenges. The pandemic was fuel to the fire.”   The financial and medical strains families have been enduring have also been mentally draining for children. Last month, health professionals at…

After Enrollment Dips, America’s Schools Hope for Fall Rebound

Chalkbeat | Kalyn Belsha, Gabrielle LaMarr LeMee, Larry Fenn, & Annie Ma “Officials estimate that enrollment will drop by 6% in the coming years — a rate nearly double what was predicted before the pandemic. Declining birth rates and rising housing prices that drive families away are big factors… Kindergarten applications are down considerably for…

How Policy Can Maximize Children’s Potential by Addressing Systemic Racism

Education Commission of the States | Al Race  “The evidence is clear and growing: structural, cultural, and interpersonal racism impose unique and substantial stressors on the daily lives of families raising young children of color that affect lifelong learning and health.” In a society that improves the well-being of all children and families, new policies…