Another Pandemic Shift: In Many School Districts, 1 in 10 Kindergartners Didn’t Show Up

Chalkbeat | Kalyn Belsha “It all has to do with the quality of that care setting…Affluent parents can buy their way into high-quality settings, regardless of the constraints that they face, whereas families that have fewer resources have fewer choices and face very tough decisions.” Kindergarten programs nationwide are reporting decreased attendance since schools reopened…

A Covid-19 Vaccine for Children May Not Arrive Before Fall 2021

The New York Times “In order for us to reopen effectively, we’re going to need vaccines for kids, period.” In the rush to find a suitable vaccine for the novel coronavirus, most of the attention has been on supporting adults and high-risk populations. Since most children are considered at low-risk, the scientific community anticipates that…

Fearing Distance Learning, Many Parents Opt for Preschool Instead of Kindergarten

EdSource | Zaidee Stavely “This whole situation has been pretty anxiety-inducing for her… I felt like consistency was more important than whatever academic benefits there might be from kindergarten.” In response to heightened anxiety in young children, many California parents are choosing to enroll kindergarten-age children in preschool for another year. Read more from EdSource.

P-TEACH Grads Return to Classroom as Apprentice Teachers

St. Vrain Valley School District “Through this experience I get to apply what I’m learning in class and see it actually happen. I am able to see all the behind the scenes work of the classroom, which helps me get a deeper understanding of all of the work that it takes to become a teacher.”…

Lack of Child Care Prevents Moms from getting Drug Treatment in Colorado. Here Comes “RV Honey.”

Chalkbeat Colorado | Erica Meltzer “…offering this complementary curriculum on our RMPBS broadcast channel ensures every child has a place to continue learning.” Governor Polis has announced an expansion to Colorado Classroom: Learn with Me at Home, an education program available on Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting that offers classroom-style lessons in math, literacy, and science….

A Nationwide Divide: Hispanic and Black Students More Likely Than White Students to Start the Year Online

Chalkbeat & Associated Press | Kalyn Belsha, Michael Rubinkam, Gabrielle LaMarr LeMee, & Larry Fenn “Students learning from home also will lose reliable access to free or subsidized meals, special education services and other in-person support. While wealthy families may be able to pay private tutors or therapists to fill the gaps, others will go without.” A national study of 677…

The Pandemic Is a ‘Mental Health Crisis’ for Parents

The New York Times | Jessica Grose “Even therapy has been tainted a little in its ability to provide relief… How are we going to help grow and nurture them in this environment, when we’re not even nurturing ourselves?” New research from the American Psychological Association shows that parents are experiencing greater levels of stress…

Colorado Expands Public Television Lessons for Young Children

Chalkbeat Colorado | Erica Meltzer “…offering this complementary curriculum on our RMPBS broadcast channel ensures every child has a place to continue learning.” Governor Polis has announced an expansion to Colorado Classroom: Learn with Me at Home, an education program available on Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting that offers classroom-style lessons in math, literacy, and science….