‘Word Pedometer’ Aims to Improve Language Development for Children in Southwest Colorado

The Durango Herald | Erika Alvero “Those first eight, nine years are crucial. And by giving kiddos those early literacy skills, that’s going to make a difference.” Emerging from a program called “Talk-Learn-Grow,” families in Southern Colorado are utilizing conversation tracking technology to measure word use and language development for young children. The LENA technology…

Opinion: How to Reopen the Economy Without Killing Teachers and Parents

The New York Times: Opinion | Shardha Jogee “But what about the millions of kids from disadvantaged backgrounds whose homes are not conducive to online learning and who rely on schools for meals? And what about parents who cannot work from home and watch over them?” The U.S. Department of Education aims for schools to return to full-time…

Report: Deck Stacked Against Young Children of Color, but Leaders Can ‘Seize This Moment’ to Improve Equity

The 74 | Linda Jacobson “Child advocates have a larger and more daunting task ahead in a post-COVID-19 world… Intentionally focusing on policies, practices, and investments that support more equitable systems for our youngest learners is a starting point.” A new report from the Children’s Equity Project at Arizona State University and the Bipartisan Policy…

Opinion: Child Care Centers Have Already Been Reopening. The Results are Troubling.

The Washington Post | Catherine Rampell “The Cares Act provided $3.5 billion in relief for child-care centers and $13.5 billion specifically for K-12 schools, but this has proved woefully insufficient. The child-care industry alone requires at least $9.6 billion in public funding each month during the pandemic to sustain the viability of providers, the Center for…

40% Of U.S. Child Care Centers Say They’ll Close Permanently Without Public Assistance

Forbes | Tommy Beer “Approximately two out of five respondents—and half of those who are minority-owned businesses—are certain that they will close permanently without additional public assistance.” This article offers the key takeaways from a new survey of more than 5,000 child care providers last month by the National Association for the Education of Young…

How Are You Telling Children the Story of the Pandemic?

The New York Times | Perri Klass, M.D. “The narratives vary depending on children’s ages, but all children need narratives.” In this op-ed, Dr. Perri Klass, author of the forthcoming book A Good Time to Be Born: How Science and Public Health Gave Children a Future, offers perspectives from parents and pediatricians on how to…

EdWeek Series: How We Go Back to School

Education Week “There are no playbooks for how to do this. Following public health protocols will cost a lot of money, even as school budgets are pummeled by the economic collapse. Managing the anxieties of teachers, students, and parents will require patience, compassion, and careful communication.” In addition to a nation-wide scan of reopening plans…