Return to Work? Not With Child Care Still in Limbo, Some Parents Say.

The New York Times | Claire Cain Miller “As the Delta variant spreads, many parents of young children — those under 12 who cannot yet be vaccinated — say they’re unable to return to workplaces or apply for new jobs as long as there is uncertainty about when their children can safely return to full-time…

The Pandemic’s Toll: National Test Scores Show Progress Slowed, Gaps Widened

Chalkbeat Colorado | Matt Barnum  “Younger students saw some of the biggest declines, as did students attending high-poverty schools. That means the pandemic widened pre-pandemic test score gaps by race and economic status.” According to new national data, the pandemic that has disrupted schooling also slowed progress in math and reading for millions of U.S….

Study Underlines the Economic Importance of Early Childhood Education

Marketplace | Sabri Ben-Achour, Chris Farrell, & Erika Soderstrom “If you want to build a more equitable society, then investing more, a lot more, into early childhood education targeted at vulnerable lower-income children is the way to go.” Chris Farrell, the Marketplace senior economics contributor, claims that a more equitable society comes from investing more…

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…