Child Care Workers are Quitting Rapidly, a Red Flag for the Economy

Yahoo! News | Heather Long (via The Washington Post) “The pay is absolute crap for what’s required for the position… I can’t afford to live on my own and work the child care jobs that I am qualified for.” The US economy is reopening steadily, calling for more child care resources. But early educators, who…

Opinion: Colorado Needs the Right Plan to Match the People and Money It has Committed to Expand Early Education

Colorado Sun | Cathrine Floyd & Deborah J. Leong “Supporting every child’s potential starts with improving teacher training and paying early educators what they’re really worth. Colorado educators who work with children ages 0-4 make an average of $26,875 a year — far below the state’s per-capita income of about $41,000.” As the state prepares for a…

Bringing a Trauma-Informed Lens to Early Childhood Education

Edutopia | Roisleen Todd “By consistently empowering students to make decisions about their own actions and learning environments, we are showing them that their voice and identity matter and that they have the power to influence their environment.” With students returning to the classroom this school year, educators have an opportunity to empower students by…

Another Case for Paid Family Leave: Newborns’ Brain Development

The 19th | Jennifer Gerson “Not only did paid family leave reduce income inequality in the state, but mothers of color also reported being able to have more time at home with their infants and reported feeling more connected with their babies as a result of having access to paid leave.” Regarding the importance of…

First-Graders in the Reading Red Zone: How One Colorado School is Tackling Pandemic Gaps

Chalkbeat Colorado | Ann Schimke  “The pandemic torpedoed many of the school’s recent literacy gains and threw an especially disruptive wrench into the education of Remington’s first-graders, whose pre-K year was cut short and whose kindergarten year was marked by flip-flops between online and in-person learning.” Remington Elementary in Colorado Springs has committed its efforts…

American Motherhood vs. The American Work Ethic

Vox | Rani Molla “If we want women to come back to the labor force, then we’re going to have to make it so that they can afford [child care] to do so.” Women across many industries left the workforce due to childcare responsibilities. Many of the mothers that made the transition to working from…

Why Are The Waitlists For Child Care So Long?

Marketplace | Janet Nguyen “The child care system can seem like a paradox: parents spend thousands of dollars, while the workers looking after these children receive insufficient salaries.” The shortage of providers in the child care industry has resulted in these long waitlists for families. It is difficult to recruit and retain child care providers…