Denver School Enrollment Predicted to Drop by 6% by 2025

Chalkbeat Colorado | Melanie Asmar So many elementary schools in southwest Denver have seen declines that listing them took an entire page in the district’s analysis document. Grant Ranch ECE-8 in the southern Marston neighborhood lost 57% of its students from 2016 to 2020, going from 361 students to 157. Even before the pandemic, Denver schools…

Teachers’ Mental Health Has Suffered in the Pandemic. Here’s How Districts Can Help

EdWeek | Catherine Gewertz The consulting group McKinsey & Co. surveyed 1,000 employers, and 90 percent reported that the pandemic was affecting the behavioral health of their employees. The Kaiser Family Foundation found that rates of anxiety and depression have quadrupled during COVID-19. As educators work tirelessly to help young children cope with the social-emotional strain of learning…

Policymakers Used to Ignore Child Care. Then Came the Pandemic.

The New York Times | Emily Peck Ten million mothers of school-age children were out of the work force at the start of the year, an increase of 1.4 million from 2020, according to a report from the Census Bureau. In a special report from the New York Times, Emily Peck looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic…

Colorado Got $119 Million in Early Childhood Funding from the Second Federal Stimulus Bill. Here’s Where It’s Going.

Chalkbeat Colorado | Ann Schimke “State officials estimated that at least 60% percent of the $119 million will go directly to child care providers across the state. The rest will go toward regional early childhood councils, community colleges, prospective early childhood teachers, and early childhood mental health consultants, among others.” Read more from Chalkbeat Colorado.