How to Spot Depression in Young Children

The New York Times: The Checkup | Perri Klass, M.D. “As many as 2 to 3 percent of children ages 6 to 12 can have serious depression, she said. And children with anxiety disorders, which are present in more than 7 percent of children aged 3 to 17, are also at risk for depression.” In…

Our Take: Diverse Language Households Disproportionately Affected by Pandemic

Gerardo Silva-Padrón, Research & Policy Intern Staying optimistic during a pandemic is a challenge for anyone, but the difficulties of finding appropriate child care and transitioning to remote learning have been especially hard for diverse-speaking families. About 28% of Colorado children under eight are diverse language learners (DLLs), and our 2020 survey of more than 11,500 families found that roughly 44% of diverse language households have experienced difficulty…

Opinion: Biden Plots a Revolution for America’s Children

The New York Times | Nicholas Kristof “Many early childhood programs pay for themselves when aimed at the most disadvantaged… because they reduce spending on criminal justice, special education, health care and other services. One study found that programs for vulnerable young children generated a 13 percent annual rate of return.” Columnist Nicholas Kristof turns his…

How Should School Districts Spend Their Summer?

New America | Meghan McCormick & Amena Sengal “Implementing high-quality programs that are fun, engaging, and relevant to children’s interests and experiences in the summer before kindergarten can further improve their academic, social and emotional skills, and help them navigate the transition to elementary school. This may be particularly true for children who do not have the opportunity to attend a formal pre-K…

Online Therapy for Babies and Toddlers with Delays Often Works Well — But Funding Isn’t Keeping Up With the Need

The Hechinger Report | Jackie Mader “We are grossly underserving children in early intervention. When we think about the opportunity to really do early detection and prevention in early intervention, we’re just not doing what we should be doing.” Approximately 15% of children between 3 and 17 in the United States experience developmental delays or…

CDHS Evaluating Protocol for Review of Child Care Violations

9News Denver | Kevin Vaughan “At the very least for these unlicensed child care facilities and providers, if they have done something terrible and the state knows about it, we need to create a system where parents can easily access that information.” The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) has established a task force to…

In 2020 Annual Report, ECCLA Reflects on COVID-19 Response

Early Childhood Council Leadership Association ECCLA and early childhood councils were critical to the state’s response to COVID-19 in 2020. This 2020 Annual Report shares how ECCLA worked closely with statewide partners to deliver Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) supplies to communities, ensure child care programs had necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning materials,…

Coronavirus is Straining Colorado Kids’ Mental Health. The State Hopes Free Counseling Sessions Will Help.

The Colorado Sun | Erica Breunlin “Without effective mental health supports our youth broadly are at risk of having tremendous negative implications for their well-being long term.” Colorado lawmakers are considering two new proposals that would allocate millions of dollars to much-needed mental health supports for children, including free counseling. The state was already under-resourced…

Opinion: We Expect 300,000 Fewer Births Than Usual This Year

The New York Times | Melissa Kearney & Phillip Levine “Some women and couples will have fewer children than they hoped, and some kids will grow up without the younger sibling they would have had otherwise. This could contribute to what some have referred to as America’s loneliness epidemic.” In a report for the Brookings Institute last summer,…