A Novel Effort to See How Poverty Affects Young Brains

The New York Times: The UpShot | Alla Katsnelson “It’s quite possible that the particular pathways to children’s outcomes differ across families… So by empowering families to use the money as they see fit, it doesn’t presuppose a particular pathway or mechanism that leads to differences in child development.” Recent stimulus distribution is giving neuroscientists…

Child Care in Crisis: Can Biden’s Plan Save It?

The New York Times: In Her Words | Alisha Haridasani Gupta “I have to be honest with you: At times, I thought, is this worth it? Is this fight worth it? But there was one day when I saw a child, who had been diagnosed with special needs, sitting in a classroom and playing with…

How Should School Districts Spend Their Summer?

New America | Meghan McCormick & Amena Sengal “Implementing high-quality programs that are fun, engaging, and relevant to children’s interests and experiences in the summer before kindergarten can further improve their academic, social and emotional skills, and help them navigate the transition to elementary school. This may be particularly true for children who do not have the opportunity to attend a formal pre-K…

In 2020 Annual Report, ECCLA Reflects on COVID-19 Response

Early Childhood Council Leadership Association ECCLA and early childhood councils were critical to the state’s response to COVID-19 in 2020. This 2020 Annual Report shares how ECCLA worked closely with statewide partners to deliver Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) supplies to communities, ensure child care programs had necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning materials,…

Coronavirus is Straining Colorado Kids’ Mental Health. The State Hopes Free Counseling Sessions Will Help.

The Colorado Sun | Erica Breunlin “Without effective mental health supports our youth broadly are at risk of having tremendous negative implications for their well-being long term.” Colorado lawmakers are considering two new proposals that would allocate millions of dollars to much-needed mental health supports for children, including free counseling. The state was already under-resourced…

Opinion: We Expect 300,000 Fewer Births Than Usual This Year

The New York Times | Melissa Kearney & Phillip Levine “Some women and couples will have fewer children than they hoped, and some kids will grow up without the younger sibling they would have had otherwise. This could contribute to what some have referred to as America’s loneliness epidemic.” In a report for the Brookings Institute last summer,…

Opinion: Universal Pre-K Isn’t Enough — the Programs Must Be of High Quality. Here Are Some Ways to Make That Happen

The 74 | Bridget Hamre “Over 200 research studies have demonstrated that children in classrooms with more effective teacher-student interactions, as measured by CLASS, have improved literacy and math outcomes, as well as increased social and cognitive skills. ” Louisiana has rooted how it approaches access to quality early care and education in the nationally recognized Classroom Assessment…