Full-day kindergarten outcomes for Colorado

Why full-day kindergarten matters Full-day kindergarten (FDK) is beneficial for children, parents, and teachers. Last year, less than half (41.3%) of Colorado children met all kindergarten entry expectations. At later grades, academic gaps become increasingly harder to close, making access to early learning through full-day kindergarten and preschool a more affordable and effective approach to…

Overhaul of a statewide program that helps students struggling to read at grade level

Colorado lawmakers seek overhaul for troubled $231 million program meant to help kids catch up on reading The proposed changes follow reports that the READ Act, which has been around since 2012, has failed to produce significant gains By Christopher Osher (Originally published March 19, 2019, by The Colorado Sun)  Senate Bill 199 would add significant state oversight…

Improvements in the quality of Head Start

Cleaner Classrooms and Rising Scores: With Tighter Oversight, Head Start Shows Gains By Jason DeParle on The New York Times (full article text below) JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — When federal officials inspected this city’s Head Start program five years ago, they found moldy classrooms, exposed wires, leaking sewage, a sagging roof and trash-strewn playgrounds littered with safety…

New Study Finds Strong School Climate Key to Effective Early Learning

Birth-to-Five: A new study finds that effective instructional leaders who are strategically focused on children’s development and early achievement are the most important element to having a strong early education program. New Study Finds Strong School Climate Key to Effective Early Learning By Marvan Hinton on Education Week (full article text below)   A new study says programs…

Study Explore Effectiveness of EC Workforce Retention Programs Across States

Most early care and education staff retention programs share common elements By Rowan Hitly, Sara Shaw on Child Trends (full article text below)   Frequent staff turnover in early care and education (ECE) programs is a widespread issue that has been associated with negative outcomes for ECE programs and providers, as well as the children they serve. Because…

Students Learn From People They Love

A recent op-ed in the New York Times underscores the importance of emotions to child learning and development. This connection is the essence of LAUNCH Together’s work strengthening early childhood social-emotional health in Colorado communities. Putting relationship quality at the center of education (full article text appears below) A few years ago, when I was…

Agreement across the aisle: investment in early childhood makes sense

State Sen.-elect Pettersen: Fixing education must start earlier By Joey Bunch on ColoradoPolitics.com (full article text below) A panel of conservative and liberal education experts agreed Monday night at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood that tax dollars invested in early childhood programs pay better dividends than trying to catch up after children fall behind in…

Universal Pre-K in Summit County

We are proud to support passionate local leaders in their efforts to serve young children and families. Read about the universal preschool program in Summit County (full article text provided below). Could a new universal preschool program in a Colorado resort community help propel a statewide effort? By Ann Schmike Posted on Chalkbeat.org Back in…

Mobile preschools making a mile high debut

They started as an experiment in rural areas. Now, mobile preschools are rolling into metro Denver. This is literacy meeting parents and children where they’re at. Like all great innovations, the challenge is having regulations catch-up to the idea.  We hope the catch-up happens quickly…. (By Ann Schimke, published on Chalkbeat.org. Full article text below:)…

Preschoolers are most likely to be expelled

“Preschooler” and “expelled” are 2 words that should not be used in the same sentence. Milestones is engrossed in work on early childhood mental health prevention and promotion, and early learning workforce development. We know how to solve this one, so let’s make it happen! ‘The Single Biggest Risk Factor in Getting Expelled Is Being…