Colorado is Lowering Teacher Qualifications Amid Staff Shortage a Year Before Expanding Preschool Access

The Colorado Sun | Erica Breunlin “When asking owners and directors if they can provide quality services with educators who are less trained and less experienced, they’re going to say, ‘absolutely not.’” Erica Breunlin digs into the challenges of expanding access to high-quality pre-kindergarten while districts lower educator qualifications to meet rising demand. Read more…

Education a Top Priority as Colorado Legislature Convenes

Chalkbeat Colorado | Erica Meltzer & Jason Gonzales “We need to stop spending money on everything else but education. If somebody owed me money since 2008, I’d be pretty pissed off too.”” In this preview of the 2022 legislative session, Chalkbeat Colorado explores state lawmakers’ education priorities. The preview highlights key challenges around the upcoming universal pre-kindergarten…

Opinion: I See Signs of Despair from Parents of Kids Under 5

The New York Times | Jessica Grose “This is the scariest time of the pandemic for sending my kids to day care.” In a new opinion for The New York Times, Jessica Grose highlights the mental health concerns for parents of young children. Grose focuses on complications in the vaccination system, keeping children safe, finding adequate…

State of the State: Polis Promises More Investment in Education

Chalkbeat Colorado | Jason Gonzales & Erica Meltzer “I want to thank every educator and school staff member who has done their part, done more than their part, to help keep Colorado schools open… There is nothing more important to the future of our state than educating Colorado children.” In his annual State of the…

Kids Who Lost Parents to COVID Deserve Help, Advocates Say

The Pew Charitable Trusts: Stateline | Aallyah Wright “From January 2020 to November 2021, more than 167,000 children under 18 lost a parent or in-home caregiver to COVID-19… Black and Hispanic children lost caregivers at more than double the rate of White children, while American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander children lost…

Colorado Kids Catching Up On Routine Vaccinations, But Still Below Pre-Pandemic Levels

The Denver Post | Meg Wingerter “Vaccination rates dropped less for children younger than 3 than for older groups, but any drop in infants and toddlers is especially concerning, because they haven’t had the initial doses that partially protect older kids if they’re late on a booster shot.” Overall vaccination rates have dropped dramatically during…

Three Things to Know About Colorado’s Plan for Universal Preschool

The New York Times | Claire Cain Miller “Leaders of Colorado’s universal preschool initiative are well aware that infant and toddler care, which is more expensive to provide than preschool, can be decimated when publicly funded universal programs roll out. That’s why they’re recommending incentives for child care providers who continue to serve the state’s…

Why Child’s Play is Serious Business in Early Education

EdSource | Karen D’Souza “Play and learning are not incompatible. That’s a false dichotomy. Play is not just wasted free time. If it’s used properly, it can be a deeply powerful tool to increase children’s learning in math and science” Read more from EdSource.

How Public Preschool Can Help, and How to Make Sure It Doesn’t Hurt

The New York Times | Claire Cain Miller “The No. 1 way to improve quality, researchers say, is to pay teachers more. Child care is one of the worst-paid professions in the country.” A new measure in Washington could provide financial assistance for child care nationwide and make pre-K free for children ages 3 and…