Many Spanish-Speaking Immigrant Caregivers Feel Left Out of Child Care Relief Efforts

The Fuller Project | Jessica Washington “Despite the prevalence of FFN caregivers, who are disproportionately women of color, they remain nearly invisible to policymakers, leaving many of them in dire economic straits as more money has moved across the child care infrastructure.” Experts say that Spanish-speaking immigrant communities are more likely to use and prefer…

How California’s New Universal Transitional Kindergarten Program Will Be Rolled Out

EdSource | Karen D’Souza “California has among the largest achievement gaps in the country, and research has shown those gaps are present before children enter kindergarten, so it is imperative that we provide high-quality early learning opportunities for kids.” Californa’s universal transitional kindergarten program will be launching its beginning stages. The state program plans to…

Can Colleges Help Early Childhood Teachers Go Back to School?

EdSurge| Rebecca Koenig    “A decade from now, if that mission succeeds and that vision becomes reality, there will be high-quality early education available in every part of D.C. There will be more people of color working as lead preschool teachers. There will be more kids ready to thrive in kindergarten.”   In Washington D.C., two…

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…