Think teacher pay is low in Colorado? Try teaching preschool.

By Ann Schimke (Originally published April 18, 2019, by Chalkbeat Colorado)  Last year’s statewide teacher rallies and this year’s Denver teacher strike shined a bright light on Colorado’s lower-than-average teacher pay. But less well-known is the wide salary gap between public elementary school teachers and their preschool counterparts. Last year, lead preschool teachers in district-run schools made…

Local early childhood funding threatened by Colorado anti-tax group

Local early childhood funding threatened by Colorado anti-tax group By Sandra Fish (Originally published April 15, 2019, by Chalkbeat Colorado)  An anti-tax group wants to overturn a law allowing local governments to create special districts to pay for early childhood education. The Colorado Union of Taxpayers received approval Friday to gather signatures to try to repeal House…

Poverty leaves a mark on our genes

Study’s findings challenge understandings of genes as fixed features of our biology By Hilary Hurd Anyaso (Originally published April 5, 2019, by Northwestern Now)  A new Northwestern University study challenges prevailing understandings of genes as immutable features of biology that are fixed at conception. Previous research has shown that socioeconomic status (SES) is a powerful determinant…

Colorado districts are preparing quickly for full-day kindergarten, potentially increasing costs

Colorado districts are preparing quickly for full-day kindergarten, potentially increasing costs By Erica Meltzer (Originally published April 7, 2019, by Chalkbeat Colorado)  Large Colorado school districts that collectively serve thousands of children in half-day kindergarten programs are preparing to switch to full-day programs this fall, potentially pushing up the cost of Gov. Jared Polis’ signature education…

Overhaul of a statewide program that helps students struggling to read at grade level

Colorado lawmakers seek overhaul for troubled $231 million program meant to help kids catch up on reading The proposed changes follow reports that the READ Act, which has been around since 2012, has failed to produce significant gains By Christopher Osher (Originally published March 19, 2019, by The Colorado Sun)  Senate Bill 199 would add significant state oversight…

Improvements in the quality of Head Start

Cleaner Classrooms and Rising Scores: With Tighter Oversight, Head Start Shows Gains By Jason DeParle on The New York Times (full article text below) JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — When federal officials inspected this city’s Head Start program five years ago, they found moldy classrooms, exposed wires, leaking sewage, a sagging roof and trash-strewn playgrounds littered with safety…

New Study Finds Strong School Climate Key to Effective Early Learning

Birth-to-Five: A new study finds that effective instructional leaders who are strategically focused on children’s development and early achievement are the most important element to having a strong early education program. New Study Finds Strong School Climate Key to Effective Early Learning By Marvan Hinton on Education Week (full article text below)   A new study says programs…

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…