Supporting Families and Child Care Providers Through COVID-19

New America | Aaron Loewenberg & Laura Bornfreund This New America article details the contents of a letter to Congress, signed by over 30 national organizations, requests emergency funding for early care and learning as part of any emergency stimulus package. Without access to child care, millions of parents will not be able continue working,…

Colorado Governor Announces Emergency Child Care for Frontline Coronavirus Workers

Chalkbeat Colorado | Melanie Asmar Governor Jared Polis brought together statewide early childhood experts to create a child care support system for workers essential to slowing the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Colorado. This article from Chalkbeat Colorado discusses the new Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative that is now available to professionals in…

Asthma and Coronavirus: Here’s What Newark Parents Need to Know

Chalkbeat Newark | Devna Bose Parents are having a difficult time distinguishing between asthma and symptoms of the new coronavirus. This article from Chalkbeat Newark helps to distinguish the COVID-19 symptoms and offers parents information for protecting asthmatic children during the outbreak. In Newark, where one in four children live with asthma — and children with…

Explainer: Early Childhood Registered Apprenticeships

(Explainer originally published February 18, 2020, by Bipartisan Policy Center) Download the full Explainer. The early childhood workforce includes 2 million workers who care for and educate 10 million children from birth to age 5, who have an undeniable impact on shaping a child’s successful development. Yet the field is challenged by notably low wages…

The Youngest Children Are Falling Out of Health Insurance

by Michael Ollove (Originally published February 19, 2020, by Stateline) The first years of life play an outsize role in human health. They are foundational to the development of the brain and the cardiovascular, immune and metabolic systems. Early childhood is when medical interventions to correct problems in any of those areas are most likely…

The Value of Systemwide, High-Quality Data in Early Childhood Education

by Daphna Bassok & Anna Markowitz (Originally published February 20, 2020, by Brookings Institute – The Brown Center Chalkboard) High-quality early learning experiences—those filled with stimulating and supportive interactions between children and caregivers—can have long-lasting impacts for children, families, and society. Unfortunately, many families, particularly low-income families, struggle to find any affordable early childhood education (ECE) program, much less programs that offer…

Democrats Advance Vaccinations Bill At State House, But Raise Their Own Questions

by Bente Berkiland (Originally published February 20, 2020, by Colorado Public Radio) After a marathon hearing that lasted into the early hours Thursday morning, Democrats advanced a bill that aims to boost Colorado’s vaccination rate. Senate Bill 163 cleared the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on a party line 3-2 vote. But the bill will likely…

Colorado Child Abuse Hotline has Taken More than 1 Million Calls in First 5 Years

by Sawyer D’Argonne (Originally published January 14, 2020, by Summit Daily) The Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year after launching in January 2015 for individuals to report concerns about possible child abuse. Almost 1.07 million calls have been made through the hotline since its launch, and local county…