Our Take: Working Mothers Feel Increased Strain During the Pandemic

Katie Nicolaou, Research & Policy Intern The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting working women nationwide, as highlighted in a recent report from the Center for American Progress and the Century Foundation. In late summer 2020, Early Milestones and the Butler Institute surveyed over 11,000 Colorado families with children under the age of 12. Women represented…

10 Ways to Support Children’s Emotional Well-Being During COVID-19

Child Trends | Jessica Dym Bartlett “Validating a child’s negative feelings and helping them regulate their response to those feelings through breathing, meditation, or other activities can also help protect them from the harm of stress.” In a new video, Child Trends mental health expert Jessica Dym Bartlett discusses 10 ways for parents and caregivers…

Adams County child care providers get $1 million in COVID relief

Chalkbeat Colorado | Sherkiya Wedgeworth-Hollowell  “When COVID hit, we put together a child care response team as soon as it started,” Thompson said. “Parents who were essential workers needed child care to go to work. We thought we were going to have to tackle it, but the state did it for us.” To support its…

On Pandemic Learning Loss, School Districts Look Forward, Not Back

Chalkbeat & Associated Press | Patrick Wall & Kantele Franko “Frankly, what we lost is less of an issue than where a kid is starting from.” Chalkbeat’s national team and the Associated Press team up to look at how priorities differ between education policymakers and school officials. While the policy-minded are looking at long-term conditions…

Setting the Foundation for Safe, Supportive, and Equitable School Climates

Child Trends | Iris Jacob, Deborah Temkin, Yosmary Rodriguez, Obioma Okogbue, Suzanne Greenfield, Ryan Roemerman “Whether a school is able to support in-person instruction is a local decision that may depend on many more factors other than the level of virus in a community, such as staffing, facility, or student needs.” A new toolkit from…

Our Take: Racism is an Adverse Childhood Experience

Courtney Thornton, Senior Coordinator “Despite clear evidence acknowledging racism as a major life stressor for Black youth, theoretical models of early childhood adversity have largely neglected the multifaceted influence of racism on mental health outcomes.”    Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) lead to increased health risks, mental health concerns, and other issues. In the United States,…

Families Priced Out of “Learning Pods” Seek Alternatives

The New York Times | Abby Goodnough “Hiring a tutor is expensive, even if it’s divvied up between a couple of families…Upper middle-class families can afford that, but most inner-city, lower-income families can’t afford an extra $200 to $300 a week. You’re talking anywhere between $800 and $1,200 a month — that’s some people’s rent.”…