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Colorado Children’s Campaign

Colorado districts prepare for CMAS testing amid uncertainty about federal waiver

At least one Colorado district would have to reorganize cohorts into grade-level groups to take the federal assessment. Thousands of students opting for online learning in other districts would have to enter school buildings again.

Education

Thousands of families redshirted their preschoolers and kindergarteners. Will they swell Colorado schools next fall?

Districts could face larger classes of young learners come 2021, which may result in bigger class sizes or hiring challenges amid strapped budgets.

Education

Facing “seismic shift” this year, Colorado educators pioneer through permanent changes to schooling

Colorado schools are trying to embrace technology’s leading role during the pandemic while also trying to create a level playing field

Education

As advocates tout preschool benefits, Colorado voters face question about funding it with tobacco tax hike

Proposition EE funds a universal preschool program by 2023, but critics suggest there’s no guarantee lawmakers will spend the money as designed

Education

As 2020 Census approaches finish line, Colorado looks to close the gap of who’s undercounted

While final results won’t be available for months, self-response rates are showing mixed results compared to 2010

Politics and Government

In rural Crowley County, a safe return to in-person school is really the only option

The challenges of distance learning hit schools on the high plains of southeast Colorado especially hard. With fewer resources than larger, wealthier urban districts, Crowley County relied on dedicated educators to try to fill the gap.

Education

Voters will decide in November whether all Colorado 4-year-olds can attend preschool starting in 2023

Voters will be asked in November whether to raise taxes on nicotine products to fund a universal preschool program, one of Gov. Jared Polis’ major policy goals

Education

Even as Colorado child care centers reopen, their long-term survivability is at risk

Under new restrictions, child care facilities can have no more than 10 kids per room. That means fewer spots for parents -- and less profit for providers.

Education

How Colorado lined up child care for 1,000 essential workers in one week

As frontline workers step up to care for coronavirus patients, child care providers are stepping up to care for their children.

Education

Mill levy equalization: Three words that could dramatically shift Colorado’s school funding system

Legislation to require some school districts to raise property taxes and stop taking state money could free up $453 million for poorer districts, but will taxpayers volunteer to foot the bill?

Education

Thousands of Colorado kids at risk of falling behind aren’t enrolled in preschool, but schools are out of room

Gov. Polis wants to expand preschool to cover more of the 76,000 kids at risk of falling behind in kindergarten, but with some districts at capacity, BEST grant funds may provide wiggle room

Education

For Colorado’s diversifying population of children, advocates fear a census undercount

The annual Kids Count report says counties with high rates of poverty and non-white children are most at risk of not being counted accurately

Politics and Government

Death rates among pregnant women in Colorado are climbing. Suicide and overdose are to blame.

To counteract the rising mortality figure, the state strengthened a death review committee and plans to expand drug treatment

Health

Colorado kids and teens are dying at a rate higher than the U.S. average — and suicide is to blame

The state ranked poorly in health outcomes and mediocre overall in the latest national report on child well-being by the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Health

Colorado’s kindergarten landscape will even out, with benefits flowing to state’s wealthiest, poorest families

A decade after some districts pushed back against Gov. Ritter's full-day kindergarten plan, most consider it essential.

Education

5,800 Colorado kids in second grade or younger were suspended last year. State lawmakers want to reduce that.

A coalition has worked for 3 years to modify a Colorado law they say disproportionately affects minority and disabled students. It took a deal with rural educators to move forward.

Education

The Denver teacher strike is over. Now lawmakers are trying to solve Colorado’s chronic education funding problem.

One plan under discussion at the statehouse would raise an additional $451 million every year to educate students, while another would impact property taxes and change how funds are distributed.

Education