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These entities want to run Colorado’s universal preschool program at the local level

The groups eventually selected to serve as so-called local coordinating organizations will provide the infrastructure for delivering on one of Gov. Jared Polis signature goals

Education

5 challenges facing Lisa Roy, Colorado’s new early childhood chief

The new executive director of the Colorado Department of Early Childhood talks about her plans for the new state agency and universal preschool program

Education

With universal preschool, can Colorado boost workforce pay?

Preschool expansion’s success hinges on the willingness of thousands of teachers and aides to commit to a notoriously low-paying field already plagued by staff shortages

Education

These four states already have universal preschool. What can Colorado learn from them?

Colorado’s universal preschool program will offer 10 hours a week to all 4-year-olds

Education

“Collision course”: Colorado’s governor opposes heavily lobbied effort to ban flavored tobacco, nicotine products

If passed, House Bill 1064 would siphon as much as $25.2 million in annual tax revenue from Gov. Jared Polis’ signature universal preschool program

Politics and Government

Colorado needs preschool teachers. Will these incentives work?

The need for new preschool and child care teachers in Colorado is formidable. State officials estimate that more than 2,000 people — 10% of the workforce — left the field during the last two years.

Education

Democrats formalize plan for expanded preschool, early childhood department. But will Colorado have enough teachers?

Nearly 63,200 children will be eligible for Colorado's expanded preschool program in 2023

Education

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

Declining birth rates, coupled with COVID disruptions, are driving down enrollment in Colorado public schools

The state counted about 1,200 fewer K-12 students this school year. Some analysts expect that, as birth rates continue to decrease, student enrollment in public schools won’t rebound.

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

As families grapple with food insecurity amid the pandemic, one Denver preschool has stood up its own fresh market

Clayton Early Learning branched out from food giveaways to create its own on-campus market, where struggling staff and families can pick up nutritious food, free of charge.

Education

The need for preschool has never been greater — and never harder — for struggling Colorado families to get

Early childhood education is a boon to kids and their parents, but who can access it depends heavily on who can pay for it, and in Colorado demand outstrips the supply of preschool facilities and workers.

Education

Carman: Ruthless misogyny is behind our failure to care for children

Reliable, affordable care for kids is vital infrastructure. People dropping out of the workforce is a clear sign of a fiscal death spiral.

Opinion Columns

Desperate for teachers and staff, some rural Colorado schools are offering their workers child care

Faced with persistent staffing shortages, some rural school districts have decided to open child care centers themselves.

Education

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

Drool for school: Colorado schools add saliva testing to slow spread of coronavirus in the classroom

Regular testing of elementary school kids aims to ID asymptomatic cases and keep disease from shutting down in-person learning this spring

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
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