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What’s Working: Colorado program is looking for a few good older workers

Data shows moms and women 65 and over are heading back to work. Plus: State apprenticeship grants update, more workers unionize and more.

Business

Opinion: Pass this bill to realize the promise of early childhood education

Voters raised some taxes in 2020 to pay for greater access. House Bill 1295 will put that vote into action

Opinion Columns

Polis defends lowering preschool teacher requirements, says it’s “small piece” of state’s expansion plan 

Critics of the scaled-back standards worry that they’ll put inexperienced teachers in classrooms, undermining the quality of preschool programs

Education

Colorado is lowering teacher qualifications amid staff shortage a year before expanding preschool access

Gov. Jared Polis has touted the need to open high-quality preschool to more families, but with less-qualified educators in the classroom, programs could suffer.

Education

Opinion: Denver’s tax-supported preschool program is showing results

By 3rd grade, the children are more likely to read at grade level, less likely to be held back

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Colorado needs the right plan to match the people and money it has committed to expand early education

Pre-K must be easy to find for parents, and high-quality for kids

Opinion Columns

What should Colorado’s new Department of Early Childhood look like? Leaders want parent, teacher say.

With three months to figure out the department’s structure, the state wants to know how to improve preschool services and financial aid for families.

Education

A romp in the mud after a messy school year can be just what Colorado preschoolers need for their mental health

Early childhood caregivers are tending to preschoolers’ mental health, citing its connection to learning after a year of pandemic disruptions

Education

Opinion: The Biden and Polis preschool plans are important steps forward for Colorado families, but they won’t fix all child care problems

As scholars who study child care and women’s labor — and as mothers of young children — we know how difficult it has been for mothers to juggle work and child care during this pandemic.

Opinion Columns

Colorado governor, Democrats aim to create new office of early childhood education to streamline services

The agency would be established in July 2022 and house Colorado’s new universal preschool program

Education

Opinion: Informal caregivers are critical to Colorado’s early-childhood care and education system

Also known as Family, Friend and Neighbor care, informal caregivers are often used where other care is not affordable, not accessible and doesn’t meet the needs of non-traditional work hours.

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Colorado has a secret weapon to help struggling child-care providers

Opinion Columns

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

“We were overlooked”: Colorado’s child care providers face a rough road to coronavirus recovery

About 10% of Colorado child care centers and child care homes were still closed at the end of July because of the pandemic, according to a survey by the nonprofit Early Milestones Colorado

Education

A Colorado school is taking coronavirus testing beyond its students and teachers

Clayton Early Learning’s entire school community — students, their families and teachers — can access high-quality testing on campus for free. It’s a unique approach to combating the virus that could serve as a national model.

Education

Coronavirus has masked Colorado students’ emotions. Teachers are trying new ways to connect.

While masks haven’t obstructed learning or teachers’ ability to forge relationships with their kids, they have in some cases slowed communication and made it more difficult for educators to keep tabs on how their students are doing emotionally and academically.

Education

Opinion: Children of all ages deserve an education system that works for them

Opinion Columns

Jared Polis is taking big money from private donors to fund key positions in Colorado governor’s office

The work covered by private gifts and grants include the Colorado governor’s top issues -- climate change, immigration and early childhood

Sun Investigation

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

Struggle to afford kids, homes in Colorado could keep full-day kindergarten from busting education budget

After forecasters worried Gov. Polis' program could run a big deficit, demographic factors could keep kindergarten enrollment flat, or declining, in years to come.

Education