Study Explore Effectiveness of EC Workforce Retention Programs Across States

Most early care and education staff retention programs share common elements By Rowan Hitly, Sara Shaw on Child Trends (full article text below)   Frequent staff turnover in early care and education (ECE) programs is a widespread issue that has been associated with negative outcomes for ECE programs and providers, as well as the children they serve. Because…

Students Learn From People They Love

A recent op-ed in the New York Times underscores the importance of emotions to child learning and development. This connection is the essence of LAUNCH Together’s work strengthening early childhood social-emotional health in Colorado communities. Putting relationship quality at the center of education (full article text appears below) A few years ago, when I was…

Agreement across the aisle: investment in early childhood makes sense

State Sen.-elect Pettersen: Fixing education must start earlier By Joey Bunch on ColoradoPolitics.com (full article text below) A panel of conservative and liberal education experts agreed Monday night at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood that tax dollars invested in early childhood programs pay better dividends than trying to catch up after children fall behind in…

Universal Pre-K in Summit County

We are proud to support passionate local leaders in their efforts to serve young children and families. Read about the universal preschool program in Summit County (full article text provided below). Could a new universal preschool program in a Colorado resort community help propel a statewide effort? By Ann Schmike Posted on Chalkbeat.org Back in…

Mobile preschools making a mile high debut

They started as an experiment in rural areas. Now, mobile preschools are rolling into metro Denver. This is literacy meeting parents and children where they’re at. Like all great innovations, the challenge is having regulations catch-up to the idea.  We hope the catch-up happens quickly…. (By Ann Schimke, published on Chalkbeat.org. Full article text below:)…

Preschoolers are most likely to be expelled

“Preschooler” and “expelled” are 2 words that should not be used in the same sentence. Milestones is engrossed in work on early childhood mental health prevention and promotion, and early learning workforce development. We know how to solve this one, so let’s make it happen! ‘The Single Biggest Risk Factor in Getting Expelled Is Being…

Newly Elected Governors Make Early Education A Priority

Many governors-elect campaigned on promises to expand access and increase funding to early care and education programs, according to a recent article on NewAmerica.  Full article text below: While the big takeaway of the midterm election is that Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives and Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate, the…

St. Vrain School Districts creates P-TEACH program

The St. Vrain School District is tacking a statewide teacher shortage by creating a grow-your-own program for high school students.  The Daily Camera highlights their efforts in a recent article. Full article text below: The St. Vrain Valley School District is tackling a statewide teacher shortage by creating a grow-your-own program for high school students….