Report: Deck Stacked Against Young Children of Color, but Leaders Can ‘Seize This Moment’ to Improve Equity

The 74 | Linda Jacobson “Child advocates have a larger and more daunting task ahead in a post-COVID-19 world… Intentionally focusing on policies, practices, and investments that support more equitable systems for our youngest learners is a starting point.” A new report from the Children’s Equity Project at Arizona State University and the Bipartisan Policy…

EdWeek Series: How We Go Back to School

Education Week “There are no playbooks for how to do this. Following public health protocols will cost a lot of money, even as school budgets are pummeled by the economic collapse. Managing the anxieties of teachers, students, and parents will require patience, compassion, and careful communication.” In addition to a nation-wide scan of reopening plans…

2020 KIDS COUNT Available Now

Annie E. Casey Foundation For over 30 years, the KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation has analyzed the well-being of children across the country. This interactive resource not only brings to light national trends, but also evaluates and ranks each state’s efforts to build a stronger future for children, families, and…

The Social Safety Net: The Gaps That COVID-19 Spotlights

Brookings Institution: Up Front | Henry J. Aaron COVID-19 has revealed serious shortcomings of the current safety net to cope with the consequences of mass unemployment, a problem that until now most of us thought fiscal and monetary policies could forestall. COVID-19 shows that such confidence is baseless. Over the past couple of months, the…

Pivoting, Jeffco Now Says Elementary Students Will Return to School Full Time in the Fall

Chalkbeat Colorado | Yesenia Robles “On top of public requests for greater in-person learning, the economic needs, the academic and social-emotional needs, coupled with all of that is this overarching equity consideration… We know we had lesser engagement from students in at-risk categories. That was a major concern.” Colorado’s Jefferson County, in response to concerns…

Baby Steps: Report Spotlights Racial Disparities At Birth

KUNC/Mountain West News Bureau | Madelyn Beck In Colorado, the region’s most populous state, the infant mortality rate for White babies is 4 per 1000 births. For Hispanic babies, that number is 5, and for Black babies it’s 8.6. Forty-four percent of babies born in Colorado are of color. ZERO TO THREE published its annual State…

Research Expands Bilingual Language Program for Babies

University of Washington | UW News “Parents worldwide have a common problem: They want their children to speak a second language, but many don’t speak that language themselves. We know that zero to 5 is a critical age, a window of opportunity for second language learning, and our newest study shows that when teachers in…