Our Take: Supporting Single Parents is Essential to Post-Pandemic Recovery

Gerardo Silva-Padrón, Communications Intern The COVID-19 pandemic forced many parents to leave the workforce to provide direct care and education for their children. More than 5 million children under the age of five in America live in a single-parent household, and 19% of Colorado households are headed by a single mother. As schools shifted to remote learning…

Our Take: Diverse Language Households Disproportionately Affected by Pandemic

Gerardo Silva-Padrón, Research & Policy Intern Staying optimistic during a pandemic is a challenge for anyone, but the difficulties of finding appropriate child care and transitioning to remote learning have been especially hard for diverse-speaking families. About 28% of Colorado children under eight are diverse language learners (DLLs), and our 2020 survey of more than 11,500 families found that roughly 44% of diverse language households have experienced difficulty…

Our Take: Working Mothers Feel Increased Strain During the Pandemic

Katie Nicolaou, Research & Policy Intern The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting working women nationwide, as highlighted in a recent report from the Center for American Progress and the Century Foundation. In late summer 2020, Early Milestones and the Butler Institute surveyed over 11,000 Colorado families with children under the age of 12. Women represented…

Our Take: Racism is an Adverse Childhood Experience

Courtney Thornton, Senior Coordinator “Despite clear evidence acknowledging racism as a major life stressor for Black youth, theoretical models of early childhood adversity have largely neglected the multifaceted influence of racism on mental health outcomes.”    Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) lead to increased health risks, mental health concerns, and other issues. In the United States,…

Our Take: It’s Time to Address Inequities Facing Mothers and Babies of Color

Vani Tangella, Senior Project Manager “When it comes to how mothers and their infants fare in pregnancy and delivery, race—or, more precisely, racism—matters.”  —from Maternal and Child Health Inequities Emerge Even Before Birth   The health and well-being of mother and baby are so tightly connected and inequities impact both. A new report from Zero to…