Study finds breaking cycle of poverty could start in preschool classroom

By Rachel Nania (Originally published May 14, 2019, by WTOP-FM)  New research from one of the country’s leading experts in childhood development shows high-quality educational interventions in a child’s first few years of life can result in lasting economic, health and social benefits that extend beyond a single generation. In 2010, James Heckman, a Nobel…

Kids In Maryland’s Poorest County Are Among The State’s Most Prepared For Kindergarten. Here’s Why.

By Martin Austermuhle (Originally published May 8, 2019, by WAMU: American University Radio)  Located on the southern end of the peninsula that separates the Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean, Maryland’s sparsely populated Somerset County is the state’s poorest. Household income in 2014 was $36,106 according to the U.S. Census, less than half that of the…

Starpoint Fremont Family Resource Center garners child abuse prevention grant

By Carie Canterbury (Originally published April 30, 2019, by Canon City News)  Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month officially has come and gone for the year, but the concentrated effort to support families and prevent child maltreatment in Fremont County continues to move full force ahead. Starpoint Fremont Family Resource Center recently was awarded a five-year…

Innovative partnerships receive funds to stimulate Colorado’s early childhood workforce

  Five organizations selected for 2019 Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grants. DENVER, April 23, 2019 – Early Milestones Colorado (Early Milestones) is pleased to announce the five partnerships that have been selected to receive Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grants. Ranging from $38,000 to $209,000, these grants are part of the larger Transforming the Early Childhood…

Think teacher pay is low in Colorado? Try teaching preschool.

By Ann Schimke (Originally published April 18, 2019, by Chalkbeat Colorado)  Last year’s statewide teacher rallies and this year’s Denver teacher strike shined a bright light on Colorado’s lower-than-average teacher pay. But less well-known is the wide salary gap between public elementary school teachers and their preschool counterparts. Last year, lead preschool teachers in district-run schools made…

Local early childhood funding threatened by Colorado anti-tax group

Local early childhood funding threatened by Colorado anti-tax group By Sandra Fish (Originally published April 15, 2019, by Chalkbeat Colorado)  An anti-tax group wants to overturn a law allowing local governments to create special districts to pay for early childhood education. The Colorado Union of Taxpayers received approval Friday to gather signatures to try to repeal House…

Poverty leaves a mark on our genes

Study’s findings challenge understandings of genes as fixed features of our biology By Hilary Hurd Anyaso (Originally published April 5, 2019, by Northwestern Now)  A new Northwestern University study challenges prevailing understandings of genes as immutable features of biology that are fixed at conception. Previous research has shown that socioeconomic status (SES) is a powerful determinant…

Colorado districts are preparing quickly for full-day kindergarten, potentially increasing costs

Colorado districts are preparing quickly for full-day kindergarten, potentially increasing costs By Erica Meltzer (Originally published April 7, 2019, by Chalkbeat Colorado)  Large Colorado school districts that collectively serve thousands of children in half-day kindergarten programs are preparing to switch to full-day programs this fall, potentially pushing up the cost of Gov. Jared Polis’ signature education…