Wealthy cities can afford to expand pre-K: What about everyone else?

In struggling Rust Belt cities, child care deserts threaten educational progress by Megan Conn (Originally published November 16, 2019, by The Hechinger Report) EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — Gloria Hicks steered her minivan through East St. Louis, passing the relics of a bigger, busier city: the abandoned high school whose halls Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee once…

Toxic Stress from Early Childhood Adversity

(Originally published November 2019 by Child Trends) Prolonged stress early in childhood has an impact on a child’s behavior and ability to learn, but scientists with the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard also say extended periods of heavy stress, like those experienced by kids separated from their families at the U.S. border, may…

We won’t improve maltreatment prevention without better data sharing

by Theresa Covington (Originally published November 22, 2019, by The Chronicle of Social Change) There has been an important shift in the conversation around child abuse and neglect fatalities in recent years. Previously, our systems were designed to respond only after a tragedy occurred. Today, however, with the support of new public policy and greater knowledge,…

Colorado to spend up to $5.2 million to evaluate READ Act results

Colorado has spent hundreds of millions to help kids read. Now, it will spend up to $5.2 million to find out why it’s not working. by Ann Schimke (Originally published November 20, 2019, by Chalkbeat Colorado) Colorado’s education department will spend up to $5.2 million over six years on a consultant charged with determining why…

Durango High School students receive experience in child care

Program offers training while providing child care for 9-R staff by Mary Shinn (Originally published November 15, 2019, by The Durango Herald) Durango High School senior Kiley Ryan soothed a fussy infant to sleep at the beginning of her school day, one of many challenges expected to prepare her for a career in teaching or…

Opinion: Early childhood support is vital for Colorado families

by Edward D. Breslin & Tiffany Perrin (Originally published November 10, 2019, by The Colorado Sun) Measuring a child’s well-being can be difficult, but often you “know it when you see it.” You see children boldly and confidently interacting on the playground and delighting in sharing newly developed skills. It’s when they are healthy, valued…

Screen use tied to children’s brain development

In a study, preschoolers who used screens less had better language skills. by Perri Klass, M.D. (Originally published October 30, 2019, by The New York Times) A new study using sophisticated brain scans found an association between screen use and the development of young children’s brains, especially in areas related to language development, reinforcing the messages about…

Opinion: Colorado poised to do better in helping kids learn to read

Evidence-based instruction, accountability are key parts of new reading effort by Katy Anthes, Colorado Commissioner of Education (Originally published October 10, 2019, by The Denver Post) “Captain Underpants,” and “Ramona the Pest,” can teach our kids a lot about imagination, heroism and how to create trouble without even trying. These adorable characters come alive in…