Addressing Child Abuse Reporting And Supporting Child Well-Being During COVID-19

National Governor’s Association Memorandum In addition to children being less likely to encounter mandated reporters, families may be experiencing increased stress due to wage or job loss and may be spending additional, unstructured time together. Many governors have raised concerns that child abuse or neglect may go unnoticed by state agencies while schools and businesses…

Baby Steps: Report Spotlights Racial Disparities At Birth

KUNC/Mountain West News Bureau | Madelyn Beck In Colorado, the region’s most populous state, the infant mortality rate for White babies is 4 per 1000 births. For Hispanic babies, that number is 5, and for Black babies it’s 8.6. Forty-four percent of babies born in Colorado are of color. ZERO TO THREE published its annual State…

Research Expands Bilingual Language Program for Babies

University of Washington | UW News “Parents worldwide have a common problem: They want their children to speak a second language, but many don’t speak that language themselves. We know that zero to 5 is a critical age, a window of opportunity for second language learning, and our newest study shows that when teachers in…

Last-Minute Bill for Nicotine Tax Vote Could Help Backfill Budget, Pay for Preschool

Chalkbeat Colorado | Ann Schimke “In addition to providing school and preschool funding, the nicotine tax would raise new money for tobacco education, health insurance for low-income residents, and cancer prevention.” State lawmakers spent the final days of the 2020 legislative session considering a bill that would put a new nicotine tax on the ballot…

ECCLA Awards Facilities Improvement Grants to Family Child Care Homes in Colorado

Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance Blog “In the first round of funding, ECCLA is providing 18 family child care homes across Colorado with awards totaling $69,000 for facilities improvements focused on expanding licensed capacity, health, safety, and quality improvement.” With support from Buell Foundation, ECCLA is providing funds to family child care homes for facility…

ZERO TO THREE: 2020 State of Babies

ZERO TO THREE ZERO TO THREE released its annual State of Babies report in a virtual event on Thursday, June 11. The 2020 Yearbook includes an issue spotlight, “Maternal and Child Health Inequities Emerge Even Before Birth.” State of Babies 2020 Yearbook Colorado 2020 State Profile State of Babies Indicator Dictionary  

Here’s Where Colorado’s Cuts May Hurt

Colorado Public Radio | Andrew Kenney “It’s not just that districts are facing budget cuts. They’re facing budget cuts at a time when they’re going to have to figure out greater needs than they’ve faced in a school year before.” State budget cuts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic will be far-reaching, and the impact may…

Colorado Passes Bill to Improve Low Vaccine Rates

The Denver Post | Alex Burness A new vaccination bill has passed through both the state’s House of Representatives and Senate. Once signed by Governor Polis, the bill would increase expectations for parents seeking non-medical exemptions from vaccinations for their children. Read more from Denver Post.

Trends in State Pre-K Policies

Education Commission of the States Policy Outline This brief evaluates 62 pre-kindergarten programs across 44 states (and Washington, D.C.) to understand key trends in eligibility, instruction, program administration. Read the ECS policy outline.