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…

Our Take: Diverse Language Households Disproportionately Affected by Pandemic

Gerardo Silva-Padrón, Research & Policy Intern Staying optimistic during a pandemic is a challenge for anyone, but the difficulties of finding appropriate child care and transitioning to remote learning have been especially hard for diverse-speaking families. About 28% of Colorado children under eight are diverse language learners (DLLs), and our 2020 survey of more than 11,500 families found that roughly 44% of diverse language households have experienced difficulty…

Online Therapy for Babies and Toddlers with Delays Often Works Well — But Funding Isn’t Keeping Up With the Need

The Hechinger Report | Jackie Mader “We are grossly underserving children in early intervention. When we think about the opportunity to really do early detection and prevention in early intervention, we’re just not doing what we should be doing.” Approximately 15% of children between 3 and 17 in the United States experience developmental delays or…

To Reduce Child Poverty, Increase Family Incomes

Child Trends | Carol Emig & Kristin Anderson Moore “On average, children in more affluent families are more likely to receive medical care on a regular basis and are in better physical and mental health than their peers who live in poor families. Additionally, they have better educational outcomes and are less likely to have contact with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.”…

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….

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.”…