Growing Up in a Pandemic: How Covid is Affecting Children’s Development

Direct Relief | Amarica Rafanelli “We already know that young children are particularly vulnerable to the long-term adverse consequences of experiencing poverty compared to older children… The pandemic is likely to affect children’s short-term and long-term developmental outcomes, especially for kids who were already vulnerable  prior to the pandemic.” Pediatricians are identifying a range of…

Covid: The Devastating Toll of the Pandemic on Children

BBC News | Nick Triggle In the year since the COVID-19 pandemic reached Europe and the United States, families have experienced a wide variety of hardships with monitoring the healthy development of young children. This article from the BBC looks at some of the most pressing developmental challenges and shares some of the frustration that…

Child Care Problems Skyrocketed Under COVID. Women Paid the Price.

USA Today | Matt Wynn “Just as we need infrastructure investments in bridges and roads so we can get to work, we also need investment in child care so we can get to work.” Finding adequate and affordable child care was difficult even before the pandemic struck. Under school and center closures and widespread social…

Will Holding Back Struggling Third-Grade Readers Improve Literacy?

Chalkbeat | Marta W. Aldrich As part of his plans to address learning loss during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has proposed holding back third graders who are struggling to read. The proposal has been met with both support and criticism, and Chalkbeat‘s Marta Aldrich explores both sides of the argument. Read more from…

2021 Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grants Request for Proposals

UPDATE: Click here to watch a recording of the informational webinar The Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado Initiative is pleased to release the Request for Proposals for 2021 funding for partnerships interested in advancing the early childhood workforce. The Initiative is an innovative public-private partnership between Buell Foundation, Gary Community Investments, Early Milestones Colorado,…

Our Take: Working Mothers Feel Increased Strain During the Pandemic

Katie Nicolaou, Research & Policy Intern The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting working women nationwide, as highlighted in a recent report from the Center for American Progress and the Century Foundation. In late summer 2020, Early Milestones and the Butler Institute surveyed over 11,000 Colorado families with children under the age of 12. Women represented…

Colorado Schools Missing 29,900 Students as Pandemic Disrupts Education

Chalkbeat Colorado | Erica Meltzer “The 5,798 missing kindergartners and 13,802 students missing in first through fifth grade account for almost two-thirds of the enrollment decline. Eight thousand fewer 4-year-olds enrolled in public preschool, a 23% decline.” Colorado is experiencing a major drop-off in student enrollment during the pandemic. Chalkbeat Colorado explores statewide declines for different…