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.”…

Covid: The Devastating Toll of the Pandemic on Children

BBC News | Nick Triggle In the year since the COVID-19 pandemic reached Europe and the United States, families have experienced a wide variety of hardships with monitoring the healthy development of young children. This article from the BBC looks at some of the most pressing developmental challenges and shares some of the frustration that…

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…