The Pandemic Hit Moms Hard, and That Stress Can Trickle Down to Kids

The Hechinger Report | Jackie Mader  “What we find is that when adults report their level of distress is high, we see that children have higher levels of emotional distress.” Mothers have experienced higher levels of emotional distress during the pandemic, such as anxiety, depression, and loneliness. The emotional burden has also impacted parents’ relationships…

The Kids Aren’t Alright: It’s Time to Expand and Better Regulate Child Care

The New York Daily News | Kelly Escobar, Kelvin Chan, & David Hernandez  “To change the system, we must demand that our child care system supports responsive, experienced educators to adequately and equitably prepare our young children for future success.” Health and safety regulations in New York City’s child care system may be causing limitations…

Make Child Care More Stable: Pay by Enrollment

New America | Abbie Lieberman, Aaron Loewenberg, & Cara Sklar While paying providers in advance based on enrollment would be a substantial improvement… it is important to acknowledge the fact that reimbursement rates are too low. Increasing reimbursement rates so that they adequately cover the full cost of providing quality care, including raising teacher compensation,…

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.”…