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The search for quality and equity in early childhood education
October 11, 2018
In a tough business, startups vie to become the Uber and Lyft of child care
A growing cadre of companies aim to attract thousands of home-based child care providers to a notoriously tough field by making the job easier and more lucrative.
October 9, 2018
Five ways a proposed immigration rule could impact Colorado students and schools
Advocates for immigrant families fear that a proposed federal rule governing green card decisions could pose challenges for students, educators, and schools.
leading the state
September 18, 2018
Three things we heard at a gubernatorial candidates forum on early childhood
A gubernatorial candidates forum Monday highlighted some of the big early childhood ideas championed by each campaign, but also left plenty of unanswered questions.
September 11, 2018
As 4-year-old preschool programs become the norm, Denver looks to reach 3-year-olds next
The Denver Preschool Program's new spending on 3-year-old classrooms fits with a growing recognition that such investments amplify the impact of 4-year-old preschool programs.
Teach preschool for America
August 28, 2018
With preschool teachers in short supply, Colorado’s Teach For America is pulled into early childhood market
Teach For America has begun placing corps members into Colorado preschools, prompting both enthusiasm and trepidation.
July 31, 2018
Can in-house child care keep young teachers in the classroom? These districts want to find out.
To help attract and retain teachers, school districts in Colorado and the nation are increasingly offering in-house child care to district employees.
June 5, 2018
No walls: Forest preschools let kids run free, but can they change to reach diverse families?
Two states are working to create rules for "forest preschools," a move that could expand the model's footprint and open the way for low-income families to participate.
May 22, 2018
A million dollars, 570 hopefuls, and 15 winners: How a new competition aims to boost babies and toddlers
A Boulder-based team won $80,000 in an early childhood competition for a project that helps little kids acquire language and social-emotional skills.
May 18, 2018
A growing Jeffco program trains future early childhood workers while they’re still in high school
A new training program at a Jefferson County high school seeks to help cultivate the early childhood workforce of the future.
May 9, 2018
Colorado schools gave out nearly 1,800 suspensions to young students with disabilities last year
A Chalkbeat analysis shows that in Colorado last year, special education students in kindergarten through second grade received a disproportionate number of suspensions.
April 18, 2018
Colorado’s state preschool program doesn’t serve English learners well, report finds
Colorado’s public preschool program fails to meet most targets for effectively serving young English learners, according to a new state-by-state report released today.
April 3, 2018
7 things to know about how Colorado schools punish their youngest students
As educators debate harsh school discipline nationwide, here's a look at which Colorado districts are suspending young children at the highest rates.
try try again
March 29, 2018
Will there be another legislative push to limit early childhood suspensions in Colorado? Not this year.
A year after a state bill to curb suspensions of young students died in the legislature, advocates have decided not to bring forward a new version.
March 26, 2018
Child care substitutes are in short supply. A new Colorado law could make them a little easier to find.
The bill could make it easier for child care centers to staff their classrooms when regular teachers are absent.
March 8, 2018
Three years in, an ambitious experiment to improve the odds for kids at one elementary school is scaling back
After three years, an ambitious project meant to change the trajectories of young children at one high-poverty elementary school is scaling back.
March 1, 2018
Colorado could get its first 24/7 child care facility for families in crisis
The Grand Valley Crisis Nursery would provide free short-term care for young children whose parents are experiencing emergencies or periods of high stress.
hope on the horizon
February 15, 2018
With promise of new federal money, more low-income Colorado families could get help with child care
Thousands of additional Colorado families might be able to pay for child care if a federal spending bill due in March fulfills the pledge of a recent budget deal.
February 9, 2018
A giant leap: How one Colorado community plans to double its child care spots in three years
Leaders in Mesa County want to tackle everything from low test scores to employment problems by improving early childhood care, but there are serious challenges ahead.
January 29, 2018
Bill to incentivize giving to Colorado child care providers advances
A bill that would extend a state tax credit that incentivizes donations to Colorado child care providers passed the House Finance Committee on Monday.
January 26, 2018
Coaches in the classroom: How Colorado preschools are upping their teaching game
Coaching is increasingly being used to help child care and preschool teachers — and the centers where they work — improve.
A new floor
January 19, 2018
Colorado’s new minimum wage means raises for child care workers and tuition increases for parents
Colorado's new minimum wage of $10.20 an hour is a good step for the state's child care workers, but comes with a few wrinkles, early childhood advocates say.
year in review
December 21, 2017
Early childhood discipline, child care deserts and funding challenges in the spotlight during 2017
Amid national debate on the disproportionate number of suspensions given out to young boys of color, Colorado lawmakers grappled with discipline policy in 2017.
December 18, 2017
Advocates push to extend tax credit to encourage donations to cash-strapped child care providers
A wide-ranging coalition that includes early childhood, education and business groups is galvanizing support for a bill to extend a state tax credit that incentivizes donations to Colorado child care providers.
December 6, 2017
Life in a child care desert: What one Denver neighborhood can teach us about solving a national problem
In the north Denver neighborhood of Elyria-Swansea, licensed child care is in short supply — a problem has sparked several efforts to alleviate the problem.
All over the map
October 19, 2017
What do children need to know when they start kindergarten? You might be surprised
Early childhood leaders in Larimer County created a parent guide on kindergarten readiness after finding wide variations in what parents and teachers expect from kids.
Enter to win
October 11, 2017
Denver organization to launch national prize for early childhood innovation
A Denver-based investment group will soon launch a national contest meant to help scale up great ideas in the early childhood field.
October 6, 2017
This Colorado ski town had an early childhood education crisis. Here’s what local leaders did about it.
A growing number of initiatives across Colorado use public money — usually gleaned from local property tax or sales tax — to improve child care and preschool options.
leveling the playing field
September 28, 2017
Amid questions and confusion, DPS axes advanced kindergarten program in bid for greater equity
Denver Public Schools is eliminating its advanced kindergarten program because of declining enrollment in the program and because it serves disproportionate numbers of white and higher-income students.
'class of 2031'
September 22, 2017
An earlier start: Once rare, more Denver charter schools are embracing preschool
A growing number of Denver youngsters are attending preschools run by the city's charter schools, including one in the KIPP charter network.
Wanna go outside?
September 15, 2017
Less plastic, more trees: New effort seeks to reinvent preschool playgrounds and capture kids’ imaginations
The idea behind a new early childhood grant program is to create outdoor spaces that capture kids’ imagination, connect them with nature and keep them active.
September 11, 2017
For a struggling Colorado school district, full-day preschool — and the unusual way it’s paid for — shows promise
Promising first-year results from a study of full-day preschool in Westminster Public Schools have stoked optimism about a new financing mechanism officials are testing.
July 28, 2017
It’s hard to find qualified early childhood teachers. Here’s what one Denver provider is doing about it.
Child care centers across Colorado have a hard time finding qualified staff. A new effort by one Denver provider aims to help remedy the problem.
(Very) early education
July 24, 2017
Helping expectant and new mothers can lead to health and education gains for children, new paper says
The paper finds that Nurse-Family Partnership programs improve cognitive skills for babies of both genders by age 6, and social and emotional skills for girls.
July 14, 2017
Why a Colorado researcher believes preschool students should learn — and play — with math
Doug Clements, executive director of DU’s Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, says early math instruction is a gateway to later academic success.
July 13, 2017
Who is that giving advice to parents of young children? Why, it’s a lead singer of the Flobots.
A lead singer for the Flobots, a popular Denver hip-hop group, stars in a new series of videos meant to help parents give their young children a strong start.
July 11, 2017
Colorado highlighted in national report on easing transition from preschool to kindergarten
When kids arrive in kindergarten, teachers often lack essential information about how they’re doing. Can they take turns? Do they know their letters? Are they…
July 7, 2017
Closure of Clayton Early Learning center in far northeast Denver exposes pain points in early childhood care
Last week's announcement that a highly regarded Denver child care provider is closing one site stems from the chronic underfunding of early childhood programs, experts say.
Updated June 30, 2017
Families scramble as highly regarded Clayton Early Learning closes center, limits program eligibility
Clayton Early Learning will close its far northeast center and cease to provide programming for tuition-paying families and families receiving a state childcare subsidy.
June 16, 2017
Threats, attacks and thrown chairs: DPS fields concerns about effort to reduce early childhood suspensions
Denver Public Schools educators detail threats and attacks by explosive young students as district officials consider a new early childhood discipline policy.
May 25, 2017
Meet Colorado’s resident expert on early childhood mental health
Colorado's director of early childhood mental health talks about her background and how the state is helping parents and child care providers when kids act out.
May 24, 2017
Colorado gets good marks on preschool access for 3-year-olds, not so much on funding
While Colorado is near the back of the pack for preschool funding, it gets high marks for offering preschool access to the state’s 3-year-olds, according to a new report.
digging into discipline
May 19, 2017
Jeffco Public Schools suspended an average of four young students a day last year — and district officials are paying attention
Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado's second largest school district, hands out many more suspensions to early elementary students than most other large districts.
May 16, 2017
Amid Colorado’s push to get child care providers to seek higher ratings, some say, ‘No thanks’
Some child care providers say earning higher marks on Colorado's quality rating scale takes time and money they don't have — and won't benefit them anyway.
April 20, 2017
How Colorado is trying to boost access to quality child care for poor kids
Even with recent changes to Colorado's $86 million child care subsidy programs, low-income children still don't have access to the same quality care wealthier kids do.
April 11, 2017
Not just a Front Range problem: Young boys of color are more likely to be suspended in rural Colorado, too
A Chalkbeat examination of state suspension data shows that such methods disproportionately impact young boys, especially boys of color, in Colorado's rural districts.
April 4, 2017
It seemed like a sure thing. Now a Colorado bill limiting early childhood suspensions and expulsions is on life support.
Legislation that supporters hoped would significantly limit suspensions and expulsions for Colorado’s youngest students has hit what could be a fatal roadblock.
March 15, 2017
Denver Public Schools takes strong stand against suspension and expulsion in early grades
Denver Public Schools announced plans Wednesday to eliminate suspensions and expulsions for preschool through third grade students except in the most serious incidents.
March 9, 2017
Why boosting mental health for the youngest children is attracting federal — and private — investment
Intense interest in a federally funded project to promote early childhood mental health inspired an unusual effort by private funders in Colorado to replicate the program.
March 2, 2017
Colorado could be at the forefront in cutting back on early childhood suspensions and expulsions. Here’s how.
A proposed state law would limit out-of-school suspensions and expulsions for Colorado preschool and early elementary students.
spread the word
February 28, 2017
How storytelling is giving voice to a small part of the early childhood workforce — men
In their own words, the men described the journeys that led them to work in the early childhood field — as teachers, counselors, coaches and…
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