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.”…

A New Measure Will Give Policymakers Better Data About Children’s Development, Well-Being, and Learning

Child Trends | Deborah Stein & Elizabeth Jordan “The measure will represent the first time the field will have comprehensive information, gathered consistently over time and across states, on whether preschool children are prepared to enter kindergarten healthy and ready to learn at the state level.” The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau…

Our Take: It’s Time to Address Inequities Facing Mothers and Babies of Color

Vani Tangella, Senior Project Manager “When it comes to how mothers and their infants fare in pregnancy and delivery, race—or, more precisely, racism—matters.”  —from Maternal and Child Health Inequities Emerge Even Before Birth   The health and well-being of mother and baby are so tightly connected and inequities impact both. A new report from Zero to…