New State Commission to Examine Early Childhood Education Funding

The 29-member group is made up of several state legislators along with the state superintendent of education and other advocates, providers and school officials. by Nader Issa (Originally published December 16, 2019, by The Chicago Sun-Times) Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday announced a new commission to study the state’s early childhood education system. The 29-member…

Hot Topic: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

  Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC) connects social-emotional development experts with early educators, health care providers, and others who work with young children. Positive mental health provides a foundation of stability that supports all other aspects of healthy development. Why ECMHC matters Children’s ability to thrive is impacted just as much by their social-emotional…

2020 Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grants Request for Proposals

The Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado Initiative (the Initiative) is pleased to announce the Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2020 funding to support partnerships interested in advancing the early childhood workforce. In 2020, we seek to not only support new innovation, but also to scale promising innovations and sustain effective innovations that have…

New report dings Denver’s preschool program quality, but there’s more to the story

by Ann Schimke (Originally published December 12, 2019, by Chalkbeat Colorado) A national report on the quality of city preschool programs across the country gives Denver a mediocre rating, but program leaders and the report’s authors say the 10-point checklist doesn’t tell the whole story. The report finds that the Denver Preschool Program, a sales tax-funded initiative…

Opinion: The myth of the two-parent home

New research indicates that access to resources, more than family structure, matters for black kids’ success. by Christina Cross (Originally published December 9, 2019, by The New York Times) It is a near truism that the best family structure to raise a child in is a two-parent family. We’re repeatedly told by policymakers, social commentators,…

Black and brown children not represented in children’s books

Opinion by Susan Muaddi Darraj (Originally published December 6, 2019, by The Baltimore Sun) Thousands of English teachers and reading specialists took over the Baltimore Convention Center recently for the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English and its affiliated Assembly on Literature for Adolescents workshop. There I heard the same startling…

Why child care is so ridiculously expensive

Three broad reasons obtaining care for kids now costs as much as buying a brand new Hyundai Elantra each year by Derek Thompson (Originally published November 26, 2019, by The Atlantic) One side effect of “the end of babies”—or, less dramatically, the steady decline in fertility rates around the world—is that today’s parents spend more…