Colorado child abuse hotline has taken more than 1 million calls in first 5 years

by Sawyer D’Argonne (Originally published January 14, 2020, by Summit Daily) The Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year after launching in January 2015 for individuals to report concerns about possible child abuse. Almost 1.07 million calls have been made through the hotline since its launch, and local county…

The High Cost of Having a Baby in America

The average delivery now costs more than $4,500—even with insurance. by Olga Khazan (Originally published January 6, 2020, by The Atlantic) For women in many developed countries, having the baby—not paying for it—is the hard part. Giving birth in Finland, for example, will set you back a little less than $60. But in the U.S., the…

10 Classroom Behaviors That Are Actually Side Effects of Trauma

Opinion by Rachael Moshman (Originally published by Bored Teachers) Almost half of the children in the United States have experienced at least one form of serious childhood trauma. That’s nearly 35 million children. Even more alarming: nearly 75% of kids aged 12-17 have experienced two or more forms of trauma. Childhood trauma impacts physical and mental…

Now we know the full cost of Colorado’s full-day kindergarten expansion

by Erica Meltzer (Originally published January 7, 2020, by Chalkbeat Colorado) More Colorado children than predicted have enrolled in full-day kindergarten, but these additional students are unlikely to break the state budget — in part because Colorado has fewer students in the older grades. Complete pupil counts for the 2019-20 school year won’t be released…

Could a new vaping and tobacco tax pay for free preschool in Colorado? Advocates want to ask voters in November.

by Ann Schimke (Originally published January 10, 2020, by Chalkbeat Colorado) Colorado voters could decide this November whether to fund free preschool for 4-year-olds statewide by taxing tobacco and vaping products. On Friday, two citizens took the first step toward putting the question on November’s ballot, filing more than a dozen possible versions with the…

A Preventative Approach to Reducing Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

Opinion by Amy Templeman (Originally published December 30, 2019, by The Hill) Child abuse and neglect fatalities are preventable, not inevitable. This was the bold vision of the federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities in its report in March 2016, reimagining a 21st-century child welfare system. Commissioners called for a public health approach to…

In State of the State, Colorado governor points to ‘systemic problem’ in school funding, pitches preschool expansion

by Erica Meltzer (Originally published January 9, 2020, by Chalkbeat Colorado) Coming on the heels of Colorado adopting full-day kindergarten, Gov. Jared Polis made the case for a major preschool expansion and, in a move that one lawmaker said “invigorated the conversation,” pointed to unequal property tax rates around the state as the “root of…

‘The Brain Architects’: A New Early Childhood Development Podcast

by Lucy Danley (Originally published January 9, 2020, by The First Five Years Fund) The early years of a child’s life are the building blocks on which they will form intellectual, social, and emotional skills to last a lifetime. A new podcast aims to explain why this period of development is so fundamental. One of the nation’s leading…