Centering equity: leading for equity in early learning

Center director and principal preparation programs should focus on the importance of leadership in creating equitable programs, services, and interactions. by Thelma Wong (Originally published October 22, 2019, by New America) Early learning program leaders from across the state stream into a large training room. Their focus: prepare themselves to promote equitable program and system…

‘I didn’t know it had a name:’ secondary traumatic stress and educators

by Tim Walker (Originally published October 18, 2019, by neaToday) It wasn’t long ago that many educators complaining of burnout were greeted with a collective shrug from school leaders. Teacher exhaustion or stress were dismissed as signs of weakness and an inability to cope. Schools and districts were not going to offer much in the…

Ways to counter the effects of adverse childhood experiences

New study finds positive childhood experiences are crucial for adult health. by Veronika Tait, Ph.D. (Originally published October 4, 2019, by Psychology Today) Groundbreaking research conducted in the 1990s found that the greater number of negative childhood experiences a person had, the more likely they were to experience poor health outcomes later in life such as…

How data on child neglect helped me show how Indiana is ‘punishing poverty’

Opinion by Giles Bruce (Originally published October 7, 2019, by USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism)  The initial statistics shocked me. It turns out, I hadn’t seen anything yet. I got the itch to write about child welfare after attending a press conference announcing new reforms for the Indiana Department of Child Services. Some alarming figures…

In area beset by violence and deportations, Chicago opens a mental health clinic for infants and toddlers

By Casey Walker Burke (Originally published September 10, 2019, by Chalkbeat Chicago)  Inside Chicago’s first stand-alone mental health center for young children, new therapy rooms come stuffed with play kitchens, toy police stations, and cuddly plush toys. While the children play — sometimes in view of a two-way mirror that lets therapists observe how they…

Earning and learning in early childhood education

Below is first person account of the power of apprenticeships for early childhood educators. Taryn Elliot shares her experience in the Child Care Innovations program offered through Red Rocks Community College. Early Milestones is proud to support the expansion of this program through the Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado initiative. By Taryn Elliott…

Montrose part of statewide child support pilot program

Moving toward service By Katharhynn Heidelberg (Originally published September 22, 2019, by Montrose Press)  Montrose County Child Support Services parent coach Jon Merritt’s client didn’t have the best start — when Merritt contacted him about a statewide pilot project, the client had been in jail for contempt of court over child support. But he was…

How are Colorado’s kindergarteners doing? With hidden data, it’s hard to tell.

By Ann Schimke (Originally published September 10, 2019, by Chalkbeat Colorado)  In 2016, amid pervasive worries about data privacy and governmental intrusion, the State Board of Education put the brakes on a proposal for a detailed public report showing whether Colorado kindergarteners are ready for school. In a move counter to its own staff recommendation,…