How Public Preschool Can Help, and How to Make Sure It Doesn’t Hurt

The New York Times: The Upshot | Claire Cain Miller “If the plan does not achieve consistent quality across communities, it could reinforce, not lessen, vast disparities in children’s early development.” Congress is considering a measure that would allocate $390 million over six years to early care and learning programs as part of the safety…

Denver Special Education Evaluations Plummet During Pandemic

Chalkbeat Colorado | Melanie Asmar “If children don’t get evaluated in a timely manner and start getting services, they can fall even further behind, lengthening the time it takes to catch up and affecting their self-esteem.” Asmar explores the recent decrease of initial evaluations for special education services and how some children with disabilities may…

COVID-19 Vaccine for Young Kids Could Be Ready This Month

National Public Radio: Morning Edition | Peter Granitz & Rob Stein “Having a safe and effective vaccine available for children in this age group is a priority for the agency and we’re committed to a timely review of the data.” Granitz and Stein discuss a new vaccine regimen for children between six months to five…

The Public Sector Turnover Crisis

Route Fifty | Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene “When case workers leave their jobs, there can be a devastating impact on children and families who need help.” Barrett and Greene explore the far-reaching impacts of high-turnover rates in public sector roles across the country, including mental health supports and family services. Read more from Route…

Colorado is Lowering Teacher Qualifications Amid Staff Shortage a Year Before Expanding Preschool Access

The Colorado Sun | Erica Breunlin “When asking owners and directors if they can provide quality services with educators who are less trained and less experienced, they’re going to say, ‘absolutely not.’” Erica Breunlin digs into the challenges of expanding access to high-quality pre-kindergarten while districts lower educator qualifications to meet rising demand. Read more…

Education a Top Priority as Colorado Legislature Convenes

Chalkbeat Colorado | Erica Meltzer & Jason Gonzales “We need to stop spending money on everything else but education. If somebody owed me money since 2008, I’d be pretty pissed off too.”” In this preview of the 2022 legislative session, Chalkbeat Colorado explores state lawmakers’ education priorities. The preview highlights key challenges around the upcoming universal pre-kindergarten…

Opinion: I See Signs of Despair from Parents of Kids Under 5

The New York Times | Jessica Grose “This is the scariest time of the pandemic for sending my kids to day care.” In a new opinion for The New York Times, Jessica Grose highlights the mental health concerns for parents of young children. Grose focuses on complications in the vaccination system, keeping children safe, finding adequate…

State of the State: Polis Promises More Investment in Education

Chalkbeat Colorado | Jason Gonzales & Erica Meltzer “I want to thank every educator and school staff member who has done their part, done more than their part, to help keep Colorado schools open… There is nothing more important to the future of our state than educating Colorado children.” In his annual State of the…