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Ann Schimke

Senior Reporter, Chalkbeat Colorado

Ann Schimke covers early childhood issues for Chalkbeat Colorado. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and the Denver Post. She holds a master’s degree in education policy from the University of Michigan. She joined Chalkbeat (then EdNews Colorado) in 2012. Email: aschimke@chalkbeat.org

Officials from several Colorado school districts are worried they’ll lose funding for preschoolers with disabilities next year.
El estado y algunos distritos escolares han puesto en marcha programas para facilitar que los estudiantes busquen terapia para sus problemas de salud mental.
The first application window for Colorado’s new free preschool program runs from Jan. 17 to Feb. 14.
The early burst of interest could mean enrollment in Colorado’s free preschool program will exceed the 30,000 children expected to participate during the first year.
Aurora and Cherry Creek are two districts that offer free therapy sessions to students.
El programa de preescolar gratis de Colorado pagará por 10-30 horas semanales de preescolar el año antes de entrar al Kinder. Aquí está todo lo que necesitas saber.
CSU’s teacher prep program is one of only a handful to win Colorado approval on the first try in the last four years.
Stacy Wolff was recently named an Outstanding Environmental Educator by the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education.
Los sistemas de inscripción para el preescolar y los estudiantes de K-12 son separados, y esto ha confundido a algunos padres.
Colorado will pay most universal preschool providers more per child next year than what they receive now through a smaller state-funded preschool program.
Comidas gratis para todos los estudiantes de Colorado. Esa fue la promesa de la Propuesta FF. Averigüa si tu distrito escolar tiene planes de participar en el nuevo programa de comidas.
Separate enrollment systems for preschool and K-12 students has puzzled some parents. “I’m so confused with enrolling my daughter into preschool,” one mother wrote on social media.
Colorado’s mandatory reporting rules, which apply to employees in about 40 professions, are often vague and contribute to a disproportionate number of reports targeting families of color.
Officials in two of Colorado’s largest districts haven’t decided yet whether they’ll participate.
Students at a southeastern Colorado high school spend several days learning about the Sand Creek Massacre because of a unique agreement with an Oklahoma tribe.
The state on Wednesday revealed numbers long awaited by preschool providers around Colorado — the amount they’ll be paid for each child enrolled in universal preschool.
Voters approved about two-thirds of school district ballot measures in Colorado on Tuesday. The 27J school district scored a notable win with its mill levy override
Gone by the wayside are reading programs that encourage children to figure out what a jumble of letters says by looking at the picture or using other clues to guess the word.
In each grade, district officials stripped out two units and added 10 books.
In September, Colorado officials proposed that some children get an extra 10 hours a week of tuition-free preschool next year. Now, the number of additional hours is up in the air.
The state granted extensions to a dozen school districts where most but not all K-3 teachers completed the training.
Leaders hope the project will mint 335 new Colorado teachers over three years.
Jeffco, Adams 12, Colorado Springs 11, and Greeley-Evans are some of the districts receiving grants.
Los niños que hablan español u otros idiomas en el hogar y los provenientes de familias con menos recursos probablemente serán elegibles para 20 horas semanales de preescolar gratis.
Even some middle-income families would be eligible for 20 hours of free preschool — twice the amount promised in law — under proposed rules for universal preschool.
Katherina Lei, a member of Myanmar’s Karen ethnic group, came to the United States as a teenager.
The seven teachers come from several districts and teach a mix of grades and subjects.
Four schools are participating in Colorado’s dyslexia screening pilot program this year, up from three last year.
El plomo es una neurotoxina dañina que puede causar discapacidades de aprendizaje y problemas de comportamiento.