America must focus on the early childhood education workforce

By Linda Smith and Kathlyn McHenry (Originally published July 11, 2019, by The Hill)  As Congress, states, and communities increasingly invest more in early childhood programs to improve both access and quality for working parents and their children, one piece of the puzzle too often ignored is how to support the workforce. Early care and…

When Public School Starts at Age 3

The nation’s capital offers a popular pre-K program that leaves new parents with just three years of child care to cover. By Conor P. Williams (Originally published July 9, 2019, by The New York Times)  Free public school starting at age four, or even three, is growing in many American cities. It’s gaining traction as…

America’s child care crisis is an economic crisis

Opinion by Bryce Covert (Originally published June 26, 2019, by The New York Times)  Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and other candidates finally take notice. Child care is not something nice to have. It is a pressing crisis holding back the entire economy. Growth depends on more people working and working more productively. When…

As limits on preschool expulsions grow, report shows implementation challenges

By Linda Jacobson (Originally published June 12, 2019, by EducationDive)  Dive Brief: Last year, an Illinois law went into effect requiring state-funded and licensed early-childhood education programs to make every effort to avoid expelling a child — but ensuring school and preschool center administrators are aware of the law and understand its requirements will require ongoing communication efforts…

LAUNCH Together highlights early childhood trauma prevention pilot for rural areas

By Jan Wondra (Originally published June 17, 2019, by Ark Valley Voice)  A locally-organized event brought cutting edge research and proven childhood intervention programs to rural Colorado last month, paving the way for a new community approach to early childhood outcomes. The conference also provided the opportunity to highlight the pilot launch in Chaffee County…

Inside America’s Child Care Crisis

Even after a ‘historic’ federal investment, today’s system only serves 1 in 6 eligible kids. Could more funding now be on the way? By Carolyn Phenicie (Originally published June 11, 2019, by The 74 Million)  U.S. child care is widely seen as being in crisis. It’s costly, in many states more expensive than college tuition,…

There’s an app for that

How two rural counties reached more kids with developmental delays By Ann Schimke (Originally published June 14, 2019, by Chalkbeat Colorado)  A decade ago young children who missed key developmental milestones — like walking or talking — too often fell through the cracks in northern Colorado’s Grand and Jackson counties. Some were never screened for…