Coronavirus has Stolen Some Kids’ Sense of Smell, and It Stinks

The Colorado Sun | Jennifer Brown “Some days are really good and she can walk in the house and smell a candle, and other days she can’t smell anything at all. The other day she said, ‘I can taste my Taco Bell today!” A new “olfaction training” clinic from Children’s Hospital Colorado is working to…

Most Colorado Educators Have Had Their First COVID Vaccine Shot

Chalkbeat Colorado | Erica Meltzer “I’m just feeling safer, feeling more secure, knowing I won’t disappoint my kids or get my family sick.” In the three weeks since COVID vaccinations became available to educators and child care staff, the state has seen 93,175 of 120,000 professionals receive their first shot. Read more from Chalkbeat.

Fauci: Kids Could Get COVID Vaccine by September, All Adults by April

Newsweek | Aristos Georgiou “…as we get into the middle and end of the summer, we could have accomplished the goal of what we’re talking about—namely, the overwhelming majority of people in this country having gotten vaccinated.” The production and rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations has Dr. Anthony Fauci optimistic there will be enough supply for…

This Year’s State Test Results Will Be Tough to Make Sense of, Experts Warn

Chalkbeat | Matt Barnum “State testing isn’t one of those things that if you build it, they will come… [The existence of the exam] doesn’t mean parents will send their kids to school.” Policymakers across the country have significant concerns about the validity of state education testing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and for good reason….

Education Advocates Urge Colorado Leaders to Support ‘Recovery Summer’ After Year of COVID Impacts

The Longmont Leader | Silvia Romero Solís “COVID is an unbelievably difficult time for everyone, and families have done an amazing (job at) being creative in helping support their students. We also know these unusual education circumstances have disparately impacted some students.” Early Milestones and the Colorado Education Initiative are leading more than two dozen…

Colorado School Districts Look Toward Summer to Help Their Students Make Up for Coronavirus Learning Loss

The Colorado Sun | Erica Breunlin “Community-based approaches this summer will be essential for meeting the moment. This will require agencies and organizations to work with new partners, braid and blend funds, seek out opportunities to break down traditional silos, and develop strategies to distribute federal funds aimed at supporting student needs over the summer.”…

Slow Bleed: Three Stories of Colorado Child Care Providers Trying to Survive

Chalkbeat Colorado | Ann Schimke “We almost didn’t survive; we were tear-jerkingly close… I remember breaking down in my office talking to some of my board members saying, ‘I don’t know what we’re going to do.’” Child care is essential to Colorado’s economic recovery from the devastating impact of the pandemic. Yet providers across the…

As Community and Mental Health Needs Intensify, Children’s Hospitals Pivot

U.S. News | Kaia Hubbard “We can’t have health without health equity in this country.” The long-term implications of pandemic conditions on children’s mental health are becoming the focus of many children’s hospitals across the country. U.S. News speaks with leaders at several hospitals to find out how they are tackling new challenges with health, well-being,…