Colorado Schools Missing 29,900 Students as Pandemic Disrupts Education

Chalkbeat Colorado | Erica Meltzer “The 5,798 missing kindergartners and 13,802 students missing in first through fifth grade account for almost two-thirds of the enrollment decline. Eight thousand fewer 4-year-olds enrolled in public preschool, a 23% decline.” Colorado is experiencing a major drop-off in student enrollment during the pandemic. Chalkbeat Colorado explores statewide declines for different…

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…

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…

How an Oregon Measure for Universal Preschool Could Be a National Model

New York Times: The Upshot | Claire Cain Miller “[Early childhood care and education] is unaffordable for many families, yet teachers are underpaid. The solution…is to finance preschool with public funding instead of private tuition and to pay teachers much more.” Colorado’s Proposition EE was not the only ballot measure designed to improve the affordability of…