What Parents Need to Know About Vaccinating Young Children Against COVID-19

PBS NewsHour | William Brangham, Karina Cuevas, & Claire Mufson “It has been a blessing in this pandemic that our children have been largely spared the worst effects of COVID-19. But not all children have been, sadly…. While the statistics of how many children wind up having severe illness may be low, that’s not really…

Your Questions About Colorado’s New Early Childhood Department Answered

Chalkbeat Colorado | Ann Schimke “We think we can be more innovative and more expansive… We want to be on the cutting edge… if it will be better for kids, families, and providers.” Colorado’s Early Childhood Leadership Commission has released a draft of its transition plan for creating the new state-level Department of Early Childhood….

Study Finds Family Physicians Deliver Babies in Majority of Rural Hospitals

CU Anschutz School of Medicine | Rachel Sauer “It wasn’t a study of quality — we weren’t looking at individual cases and weren’t looking at outcomes — but we wanted to better understand how much and the sort of maternal care family physicians are providing at rural hospitals.” The University of Colorado School of Medicine…

Federal Stimulus Payments Kept More Than 2 Million Latino and Black Children Out of Poverty During the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020

ChildTrends | Dana Thomson, Lina Guzman, Renee Ryberg “Latino children represented the largest racial/ethnic group of children kept out of poverty by the additional income support from the stimulus payments. The latest Census figures show that 1.3 million Latino and 756,000 Black children were kept out of poverty by these federal relief efforts.” A new report from…

Child Care Workers are Quitting Rapidly, a Red Flag for the Economy

Yahoo! News | Heather Long (via The Washington Post) “The pay is absolute crap for what’s required for the position… I can’t afford to live on my own and work the child care jobs that I am qualified for.” The US economy is reopening steadily, calling for more child care resources. But early educators, who…

Opinion: Colorado Needs the Right Plan to Match the People and Money It has Committed to Expand Early Education

Colorado Sun | Cathrine Floyd & Deborah J. Leong “Supporting every child’s potential starts with improving teacher training and paying early educators what they’re really worth. Colorado educators who work with children ages 0-4 make an average of $26,875 a year — far below the state’s per-capita income of about $41,000.” As the state prepares for a…

Bringing a Trauma-Informed Lens to Early Childhood Education

Edutopia | Roisleen Todd “By consistently empowering students to make decisions about their own actions and learning environments, we are showing them that their voice and identity matter and that they have the power to influence their environment.” With students returning to the classroom this school year, educators have an opportunity to empower students by…

Another Case for Paid Family Leave: Newborns’ Brain Development

The 19th | Jennifer Gerson “Not only did paid family leave reduce income inequality in the state, but mothers of color also reported being able to have more time at home with their infants and reported feeling more connected with their babies as a result of having access to paid leave.” Regarding the importance of…