Voter Guide: Nicotine Tax Would Fund Colorado Preschool Efforts, Fight Teen Vaping

Chalkbeat Colorado | Sherkiya Wedgeworth-Hollowell “The tax revenue would fund free preschool to 4-year-olds across the state, among other efforts. Providing universal preschool was a key campaign promise of Gov. Jared Polis when he ran for office in 2018, but finding the money for it has proved challenging.” Read more from Chalkbeat.

Opinion: After the Pandemic, a Revolution in Education and Work Awaits

The New York Times | Thomas L. Friedman “The reason the post-pandemic era will be so destructive and creative is that never have more people had access to so many cheap tools of innovation, never have more people had access to high-powered, inexpensive computing, never have more people had access to such cheap credit —…

Colorado’s Child Care Landscape Is Shrinking In The Coronavirus Pandemic

Colorado Public Radio: Colorado Matters | Jenny Brundin “We have many, many communities that really don’t at all have enough providers to take care of the children who need care,” said Jennifer Stedron. “There’s not enough supply of providers and there’s definitely not enough qualified workers.” In response to the COVID-19 EC Research Partnership’s recent…

Ed Leaders Say Finances, Politics Remain Hurdles in COVID-19 Response

Education Dive | Roger Riddell “Sometimes it doesn’t matter if kids do have the device. We’re still left with the challenge of how do we help that child get internet service… We had to think outside the box in terms of taking some buses that already had wireless internet connection on them to certain areas…

Homeless Families Struggle With Impossible Choices As School Closures Continue

NPR: Morning Edition | Cory Turner “How do you choose between working and … your child’s education?” Homeless children and families have been hit especially hard by the effects of COVID-19 this year. This story from NPR looks at some of the challenges facing the most under-resourced population in the US, from the lack of…

Even When the Smoke Clears, Schools Find Student Trauma Can Linger

EdSource | Carolyn Jones California, much like Colorado, has been hit especially hard by wildfires in 2020. In this article, Carolyn Jones reports on community observations by California school systems and shares a new guide designed to help districts navigate natural disasters. Read more from EdSource.

A Grandfather’s Passion to Transform Early Childhood Systems

National Institute for Children’s Health Quality: Insights “Millions of children, like DeAndre, start out on unequal footing because their families don’t get the support they need. We can change that by taking a multi-generational approach to systems change, one that acknowledges that the health of children, especially during early childhood, often depends on the health…

Watch for Changes in Children Due to Pandemic

Pueblo Chieftan | Alexis Smith “How do we have eyes on these children that generally would have the teachers, counselors, and school staff eyes on them?… A lot of children even stopped going to their medical appointments during this time, so there was just a fear of not having that village; all they had were…