2020 KIDS COUNT Available Now

Annie E. Casey Foundation For over 30 years, the KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation has analyzed the well-being of children across the country. This interactive resource not only brings to light national trends, but also evaluates and ranks each state’s efforts to build a stronger future for children, families, and…

The Dangers of Skipping Routine Vaccinations During COVID-19

Stanford Children’s Health: Happier, Healthy Lives Blog | Kate DeTrempe “Vaccine schedules are done this way for a reason. We are vaccinating children at the ages when they are most susceptible to these diseases, so if we wait, these children may actually wind up getting infected at a time when they are most vulnerable if…

The Social Safety Net: The Gaps That COVID-19 Spotlights

Brookings Institution: Up Front | Henry J. Aaron COVID-19 has revealed serious shortcomings of the current safety net to cope with the consequences of mass unemployment, a problem that until now most of us thought fiscal and monetary policies could forestall. COVID-19 shows that such confidence is baseless. Over the past couple of months, the…

Autism Linked to Sleep Problems and Brain Changes in Infancy

Spectrum | Laura Dattaro “The most compelling question coming out of it is: Is sleep a modifiable risk factor for autism [traits]?” A new study from the University of Washington Autism Center has found that children with autism are more likely to have difficulty falling asleep as infants. This may be a step toward directly…

How the Unique Collaboration of Colorado’s Health Systems Changed Covid-19 Care

Denver Business Journal | Jensen Werley “As we progressed collaboratively, we learned so much about how to care for patients…Collaborative learning through this group made a difference.” Between March 1 and May 31, seven health systems cared for a combined 4,903 COVID-19 patients—roughly 96% of statewide admissions. Jensen Werley of Denver Business Journal explores how,…

Pivoting, Jeffco Now Says Elementary Students Will Return to School Full Time in the Fall

Chalkbeat Colorado | Yesenia Robles “On top of public requests for greater in-person learning, the economic needs, the academic and social-emotional needs, coupled with all of that is this overarching equity consideration… We know we had lesser engagement from students in at-risk categories. That was a major concern.” Colorado’s Jefferson County, in response to concerns…