Policymakers Used to Ignore Child Care. Then Came the Pandemic.

The New York Times | Emily Peck Ten million mothers of school-age children were out of the work force at the start of the year, an increase of 1.4 million from 2020, according to a report from the Census Bureau. In a special report from the New York Times, Emily Peck looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic…

Colorado Got $119 Million in Early Childhood Funding from the Second Federal Stimulus Bill. Here’s Where It’s Going.

Chalkbeat Colorado | Ann Schimke “State officials estimated that at least 60% percent of the $119 million will go directly to child care providers across the state. The rest will go toward regional early childhood councils, community colleges, prospective early childhood teachers, and early childhood mental health consultants, among others.” Read more from Chalkbeat Colorado.

Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grants Aim to Help Sector Rebuild from COVID-19

Six unique partnerships receive funding to pursue efforts toward strengthening Colorado’s early care and learning workforce.   DENVER, April 22, 2021 – Early Milestones Colorado (Early Milestones) is pleased to announce the six partnerships selected to receive funding through Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grants (Innovation Grants). The one-year grants range from $25,000 to $150,000 and…

A Novel Effort to See How Poverty Affects Young Brains

The New York Times: The UpShot | Alla Katsnelson “It’s quite possible that the particular pathways to children’s outcomes differ across families… So by empowering families to use the money as they see fit, it doesn’t presuppose a particular pathway or mechanism that leads to differences in child development.” Recent stimulus distribution is giving neuroscientists…

Child Care in Crisis: Can Biden’s Plan Save It?

The New York Times: In Her Words | Alisha Haridasani Gupta “I have to be honest with you: At times, I thought, is this worth it? Is this fight worth it? But there was one day when I saw a child, who had been diagnosed with special needs, sitting in a classroom and playing with…