Rise & Shine: Some mountain school districts face similar challenges as urban city school districts

Several neighborhoods in Denver and across the nation are earning the label of child care deserts for their lack of access to quality child care options. One neighborhood north of Denver is getting more attention than others as philanthropists and activists look for solutions.

In Chalkbeat's story about that community you will hear from moms and child care providers with young kids in that neighborhood, as well as from leaders putting in work to create better options for that community. All are working against challenges including time and gentrification that threaten to change the community before the changes are in place. Check it out here or below.

In other news today, read a national take on the creation of the portfolio model for schools and what it means, and a local story about the early positive outcomes a school district in southwest Colorado is reporting after investing in more school counselors.

Have a good day!

— Yesenia Robles, reporter


CHILD CARE Licensed child care — particularly for children 3 and younger — is limited in Elyria-Swansea. Several projects are now trying to help young children get better care. Chalkbeat

SLEEPING IN Jeffco school officials will put together a task force next year to decide if Jeffco high schools should start at a later time. Chalkbeat

PORTFOLIO MODEL Often citing cities like Denver, a growing number of philanthropists, advocates, and policymakers say the way to improve schools is to upend the traditional school district. Chalkbeat

IMMIGRANT STUDENTS Schools in the downvalley communities where most immigrant families have settled face challenges similar to urban schools in Denver and other large cities. Post-Independent

COUNSELOR ROLES Durango school district officials say they are seeing positive results from their investment in more counselors that have a larger role in monitoring students. Durango Herald