Alabama Lawmaker Proposes Mandatory Kindergarten

Alabama.com | Trisha Powell Crain Nineteen states and the District of Columbia require kindergarten…but only 17 of those states and DC require full-day kindergarten. All Alabama public school districts currently offer kindergarten to children 5 years old as of Sept. 1. Alabama Representative Pebblin Warren has introduced a new bill to the state legislature which,…

Education Advocates Urge Colorado Leaders to Support ‘Recovery Summer’ After Year of COVID Impacts

The Longmont Leader | Silvia Romero Solís “COVID is an unbelievably difficult time for everyone, and families have done an amazing (job at) being creative in helping support their students. We also know these unusual education circumstances have disparately impacted some students.” Early Milestones and the Colorado Education Initiative are leading more than two dozen…

Colorado School Districts Look Toward Summer to Help Their Students Make Up for Coronavirus Learning Loss

The Colorado Sun | Erica Breunlin “Community-based approaches this summer will be essential for meeting the moment. This will require agencies and organizations to work with new partners, braid and blend funds, seek out opportunities to break down traditional silos, and develop strategies to distribute federal funds aimed at supporting student needs over the summer.”…

Slow Bleed: Three Stories of Colorado Child Care Providers Trying to Survive

Chalkbeat Colorado | Ann Schimke “We almost didn’t survive; we were tear-jerkingly close… I remember breaking down in my office talking to some of my board members saying, ‘I don’t know what we’re going to do.’” Child care is essential to Colorado’s economic recovery from the devastating impact of the pandemic. Yet providers across the…

As Community and Mental Health Needs Intensify, Children’s Hospitals Pivot

U.S. News | Kaia Hubbard “We can’t have health without health equity in this country.” The long-term implications of pandemic conditions on children’s mental health are becoming the focus of many children’s hospitals across the country. U.S. News speaks with leaders at several hospitals to find out how they are tackling new challenges with health, well-being,…

Jeffco to Adopt New Reading Curriculum, Push More Uniform Approach

Chalkbeat Colorado | Ann Schimke Jefferson County, home to one of the largest school districts in the state, is weighing three options to replace current K-3 reading curricula. Much like other large districts in Denver and Douglas County, Jeffco schools use a wide range of programs to teach reading to young students, and many of…