Jenny Brundin’s exceptional series, “The Workforce Behind the Workforce,” focuses on shortages throughout the state’s early care and education system. Through six installments for Colorado Public Radio, Brundin highlights several innovative programs supported by Early Milestones’ Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado initiative. The series aired in January and February of 2021 and was featured nationally on NPR’s Here & Now. Check out each installment below.

“Our entire economy relies on parents having access to reliable child care, but we, as a society continue to expect that the industry is going to act as though it’s purely a private good when really it’s not… We’re asking child care providers [for] quality care at a low cost that parents can afford. That’s an equation that just doesn’t work.”

Meg Franko, Director of Research and Policy

Children on the playground at Oak Street Child Development Center in Arvada on Dec. 8, 2020. Kevin Mohatt/For CPR News.

Refugee and Immigrant Women Show Promise as a Pipeline For New Colorado Early Childhood Educators

January 12, 2021

Apprenticeships Aren’t Just for the Trades. It’s Also a Way to Bolster Colorado’s Early Childhood Workforce

January 19, 2021

Looking for a New Generation of Early Childhood Educators? High Schoolers Might Fit the Bill

January 26, 2021

New ‘Place-Based’ Bachelor’s Program Aims to Invest Big in Colorado’s Early Childhood Workforce

February 2, 2021

Colorado’s Latinas Are Key To Confronting A Child Care Worker Shortage. Even So, Challenges Remain

February 9, 2021