Preschool Enrollment Has Plunged: What That Means for School Readiness

Education Week | Sarah D. Sparks “New Census data show only 40 percent of 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled in school in 2020, a 14 percentage-point drop from 2019 and the first time since 1996 that fewer than half of U.S. children in that age group attended preschool.” This article from Education Week evaluates US Census data about…

More Families Used Child Tax Credit for Back-to-School Costs

K-12 Dive | Naaz Modan “Even prior to the pandemic, 16%, or 11.6 million, of children under 18 belonged to families living in poverty, according to national data from 2019. While that’s a decrease from 2010, when that percentage was at 21%, approximately 74.7 million people, largely in low-wage jobs, have lost work since the start of the…

What Parents Need to Know About Vaccinating Young Children Against COVID-19

PBS NewsHour | William Brangham, Karina Cuevas, & Claire Mufson “It has been a blessing in this pandemic that our children have been largely spared the worst effects of COVID-19. But not all children have been, sadly…. While the statistics of how many children wind up having severe illness may be low, that’s not really…

Federal Stimulus Payments Kept More Than 2 Million Latino and Black Children Out of Poverty During the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020

ChildTrends | Dana Thomson, Lina Guzman, Renee Ryberg “Latino children represented the largest racial/ethnic group of children kept out of poverty by the additional income support from the stimulus payments. The latest Census figures show that 1.3 million Latino and 756,000 Black children were kept out of poverty by these federal relief efforts.” A new report from…

Bringing a Trauma-Informed Lens to Early Childhood Education

Edutopia | Roisleen Todd “By consistently empowering students to make decisions about their own actions and learning environments, we are showing them that their voice and identity matter and that they have the power to influence their environment.” With students returning to the classroom this school year, educators have an opportunity to empower students by…

Another Case for Paid Family Leave: Newborns’ Brain Development

The 19th | Jennifer Gerson “Not only did paid family leave reduce income inequality in the state, but mothers of color also reported being able to have more time at home with their infants and reported feeling more connected with their babies as a result of having access to paid leave.” Regarding the importance of…

First-Graders in the Reading Red Zone: How One Colorado School is Tackling Pandemic Gaps

Chalkbeat Colorado | Ann Schimke  “The pandemic torpedoed many of the school’s recent literacy gains and threw an especially disruptive wrench into the education of Remington’s first-graders, whose pre-K year was cut short and whose kindergarten year was marked by flip-flops between online and in-person learning.” Remington Elementary in Colorado Springs has committed its efforts…