First-Graders in the Reading Red Zone: How One Colorado School is Tackling Pandemic Gaps

Chalkbeat Colorado | Ann Schimke  “The pandemic torpedoed many of the school’s recent literacy gains and threw an especially disruptive wrench into the education of Remington’s first-graders, whose pre-K year was cut short and whose kindergarten year was marked by flip-flops between online and in-person learning.” Remington Elementary in Colorado Springs has committed its efforts…

American Motherhood vs. The American Work Ethic

Vox | Rani Molla “If we want women to come back to the labor force, then we’re going to have to make it so that they can afford [child care] to do so.” Women across many industries left the workforce due to childcare responsibilities. Many of the mothers that made the transition to working from…

Why Are The Waitlists For Child Care So Long?

Marketplace | Janet Nguyen “The child care system can seem like a paradox: parents spend thousands of dollars, while the workers looking after these children receive insufficient salaries.” The shortage of providers in the child care industry has resulted in these long waitlists for families. It is difficult to recruit and retain child care providers…

Parents Report Declines in Academic, Social-Emotional Skills of Young Children

The Hechinger Report  | Jackie Mader  “Jumping to closing these gaps without close attention to the social and emotional needs of children will likely only exacerbate any disruption-related behavioral challenges.” The pandemic’s academic and emotional toll may have left a greater impact on the youngest children in the nation. Parents are noticing a negative shift…

Our Take: Supporting Single Parents is Essential to Post-Pandemic Recovery

Gerardo Silva-Padrón, Communications Intern The COVID-19 pandemic forced many parents to leave the workforce to provide direct care and education for their children. More than 5 million children under the age of five in America live in a single-parent household, and 19% of Colorado households are headed by a single mother. As schools shifted to remote learning…

Colorado’s Kindergarten Math: How A Pandemic Plus Lower Birth Rates are Changing School for Young Learners

Chalkbeat Colorado | Ann Schimke  “Tangled up with COVID-related enrollment changes are declines associated with Colorado’s shrinking child population, particularly in school districts with aging populations or pricey housing.” Before the pandemic, the population of 5- to 7-year-olds has declined in several large Colorado counties. Thus, many experts worry that the pandemic will create more…

Daycare Is Costly In The U.S. — So Is Biden’s Plan To Fix It

NPR | Andrea Hsu “I’m doing high impact, high intensity work for less money than I could go make milkshakes at Burger King.” Child care providers are aware that the federal relief funds will only be temporary. President Biden plans to make child care affordable or even free for working parents through his American Families…

How Going Remote Led to Dramatic Drops in Public School Students

EdSource | Karen D’Souza & Daniel J. Willis  “Nationwide, the steepest kindergarten losses were seen in neighborhoods below and just above the poverty line, where the average household income for a family of four was $35,000 or less. The drop was 28% larger in schools in those neighborhoods than in the rest of the country.”…