Jeffco’s School Board Approves A New Union for Preschool Staff

Chalkbeat Colorado | Yesenia Robles “Preschool staff who lead the unionization efforts said that the group’s priorities included having a voice in plans to reopen schools [and] budgets for preschool classrooms.” A new union of nearly 140 non-licensed preschool educators will now be recognized and added into JESPA, a union for Jefferson County’s school support staff….

3 Hacks for Parenting Through the COVID Recovery Summer.

Working Mother | Rebecca Holmes “This is the perfect time for families to reset and lay the foundation for our ‘new normal.” Rebecca Holmes, CEO of our Recovery Summer partner, the Colorado Education Initiative, discusses ways that parents can use this summer to strengthen relationships with their children. These three tips offer advice that looks…

Counting on Summer School to Catch Kids Up After a Disrupted Year.

The Hechinger Report | Jo Napolitano  “Concerned about children falling behind academically and bolstered by additional federal funding, [school districts are] turning to summer school and enrichment programs to shore up students’ skills.” COVID-19 is forcing many programs to play “catch-up” this summer ahead of the 2021-22 school year. However, many education leaders are concerned…

The Pandemic Hit Moms Hard, and That Stress Can Trickle Down to Kids

The Hechinger Report | Jackie Mader  “What we find is that when adults report their level of distress is high, we see that children have higher levels of emotional distress.” Mothers have experienced higher levels of emotional distress during the pandemic, such as anxiety, depression, and loneliness. The emotional burden has also impacted parents’ relationships…

Is Remote Learning Here to Stay? Many, But Not All, Colorado Schools Will Offer Online Classes This Fall.

The Colorado Sun | Erica Breunlin  “District leaders, educators, and state officials anticipate that many schools will continue to offer a remote learning option to students, some of whom have thrived in an online school environment.” While many Colorado districts are preparing for in-person learning, some districts are planning for fully remote programs in the…

The Kids Aren’t Alright: It’s Time to Expand and Better Regulate Child Care

The New York Daily News | Kelly Escobar, Kelvin Chan, & David Hernandez  “To change the system, we must demand that our child care system supports responsive, experienced educators to adequately and equitably prepare our young children for future success.” Health and safety regulations in New York City’s child care system may be causing limitations…

Make Child Care More Stable: Pay by Enrollment

New America | Abbie Lieberman, Aaron Loewenberg, & Cara Sklar While paying providers in advance based on enrollment would be a substantial improvement… it is important to acknowledge the fact that reimbursement rates are too low. Increasing reimbursement rates so that they adequately cover the full cost of providing quality care, including raising teacher compensation,…

Denver School Enrollment Predicted to Drop by 6% by 2025

Chalkbeat Colorado | Melanie Asmar So many elementary schools in southwest Denver have seen declines that listing them took an entire page in the district’s analysis document. Grant Ranch ECE-8 in the southern Marston neighborhood lost 57% of its students from 2016 to 2020, going from 361 students to 157. Even before the pandemic, Denver schools…