Why early childhood is a women’s rights issue

By Liz Simons (Originally published August 4, 2019, by CalMatters)  In Gavin Newsom, California finally has a governor who gets the need for high quality, accessible early childhood education and care. His budget makes a down payment of nearly $2 billion addressing the early years. And yet a recent poll conducted by the Policy Analysis…

Colorado schools start free, full-day kindergarten

Governor Jared Polis said about 99 percent of schools are offering free, full day kindergarten starting this year. By Jennifer Meckles (Originally published August 17, 2019, by 9 News)  Students returned to school Friday morning, and for the first time, kindergarteners can stay at school for a full day at no cost to their families….

New York Times Opinion: We Have Ruined Childhood

For youngsters these days, an hour of free play is like a drop of water in the desert. Of course they’re miserable. By Kim Brooks (Originally published August 17, 2019, by The New York Times)  According to the psychologist Peter Gray, children today are more depressed than they were during the Great Depression and more…

‘It makes us better teachers because we’re not carrying it inside’: How a Detroit preschool helps teachers cope with the stress of the job

By Erin Einhorn (Originally published June 26, 2019, by Chalkbeat Colorado)  It was a Friday morning in early May, just before Mother’s Day, when a group of preschool teachers settled onto oversized pillows and colorful beanbags for a conversation that would lead to tears, frustration and — eventually —  a sense of clarity on a…

Pre-to-3: New center to track state policies on infants and toddlers

By the end of this year, the Prenatal-to-Three Policy Impact Center at UT-Austin plans to publish a list of policies found to support young children’s health and well-being. By Linda Jacobson (Originally published August 9, 2019, by Education Dive)  This latest Pre-to-3 column focuses on the announcement of a new initiative to show what states…

Rewiring child welfare in Colorado: getting ahead of the family crisis

By Ned Breslin (Originally published July 30, 2019, by The Chronicle for Social Change)  Open any case history of a child at Tennyson Center for Children and your heart breaks. The depth of trauma each child has experienced is significant. Unfinished journeys of children bouncing from hospitals to foster homes to residential placements with no real end in…

This Colorado preschool’s new gym could be a model for serving students with special needs

By Kati Weis (Originally published July 30, 2019, by Chalkbeat Colorado)  A new gym at Bal Swan Children’s Center preschool in Broomfield will feature lateral climbing walls, colorful tunnels, and interactive LED lighting features, with the goal of making physical activity accessible to both neurotypical children and children with special needs. “It’s just overwhelmingly significant,…

The scientific effort to protect babies from trauma before it happens

By Jenny Anderson (Originally published June 22, 2019, by Quartz)  For nearly 30 years, Javier Aceves worked as a pediatrician in Albuquerque, New Mexico, focusing primarily on disadvantaged families. His approach was holistic: along with treating children, he did outreach with teens, and helped children’s parents with everything from addiction to learning how to be…