Even When the Smoke Clears, Schools Find Student Trauma Can Linger

EdSource | Carolyn Jones California, much like Colorado, has been hit especially hard by wildfires in 2020. In this article, Carolyn Jones reports on community observations by California school systems and shares a new guide designed to help districts navigate natural disasters. Read more from EdSource.

A Grandfather’s Passion to Transform Early Childhood Systems

National Institute for Children’s Health Quality: Insights “Millions of children, like DeAndre, start out on unequal footing because their families don’t get the support they need. We can change that by taking a multi-generational approach to systems change, one that acknowledges that the health of children, especially during early childhood, often depends on the health…

Watch for Changes in Children Due to Pandemic

Pueblo Chieftan | Alexis Smith “How do we have eyes on these children that generally would have the teachers, counselors, and school staff eyes on them?… A lot of children even stopped going to their medical appointments during this time, so there was just a fear of not having that village; all they had were…

Another Pandemic Shift: In Many School Districts, 1 in 10 Kindergartners Didn’t Show Up

Chalkbeat | Kalyn Belsha “It all has to do with the quality of that care setting…Affluent parents can buy their way into high-quality settings, regardless of the constraints that they face, whereas families that have fewer resources have fewer choices and face very tough decisions.” Kindergarten programs nationwide are reporting decreased attendance since schools reopened…

A Covid-19 Vaccine for Children May Not Arrive Before Fall 2021

The New York Times “In order for us to reopen effectively, we’re going to need vaccines for kids, period.” In the rush to find a suitable vaccine for the novel coronavirus, most of the attention has been on supporting adults and high-risk populations. Since most children are considered at low-risk, the scientific community anticipates that…

Fearing Distance Learning, Many Parents Opt for Preschool Instead of Kindergarten

EdSource | Zaidee Stavely “This whole situation has been pretty anxiety-inducing for her… I felt like consistency was more important than whatever academic benefits there might be from kindergarten.” In response to heightened anxiety in young children, many California parents are choosing to enroll kindergarten-age children in preschool for another year. Read more from EdSource.

P-TEACH Grads Return to Classroom as Apprentice Teachers

St. Vrain Valley School District “Through this experience I get to apply what I’m learning in class and see it actually happen. I am able to see all the behind the scenes work of the classroom, which helps me get a deeper understanding of all of the work that it takes to become a teacher.”…

Lack of Child Care Prevents Moms from getting Drug Treatment in Colorado. Here Comes “RV Honey.”

Chalkbeat Colorado | Erica Meltzer “…offering this complementary curriculum on our RMPBS broadcast channel ensures every child has a place to continue learning.” Governor Polis has announced an expansion to Colorado Classroom: Learn with Me at Home, an education program available on Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting that offers classroom-style lessons in math, literacy, and science….