Early Childhood

The state on Wednesday revealed numbers long awaited by preschool providers around Colorado — the amount they’ll be paid for each child enrolled in universal preschool.
Gone by the wayside are reading programs that encourage children to figure out what a jumble of letters says by looking at the picture or using other clues to guess the word.
In September, Colorado officials proposed that some children get an extra 10 hours a week of tuition-free preschool next year. Now, the number of additional hours is up in the air.
Los niños que hablan español u otros idiomas en el hogar y los provenientes de familias con menos recursos probablemente serán elegibles para 20 horas semanales de preescolar gratis.
Even some middle-income families would be eligible for 20 hours of free preschool — twice the amount promised in law — under proposed rules for universal preschool.
Four schools are participating in Colorado’s dyslexia screening pilot program this year, up from three last year.
El plomo es una neurotoxina dañina que puede causar discapacidades de aprendizaje y problemas de comportamiento.
The 15-member committee will help set rules governing the state’s free universal preschool program.
The law comes with $21 million to pay for lead testing and and repairs.
Early childhood councils, school districts, and nonprofit organizations are among the three dozen groups that have applied to run Colorado’s universal preschool program at the local level.
Colorado’s new early childhood chief said it’s time to “stop the madness” and increase state reimbursement rates to reflect the true cost of child care.
Preschool teacher pay varies wildly in Colorado — from around $13 to $70 an hour, depending on the region, setting, and employee credentials.
Lisa Roy, who led early childhood education programming in the Denver school district from 2016 to 2019, was named sole finalist for the new department’s top job Friday.
Advocates in Florida, Oklahoma, Vermont, and Wisconsin share lessons learned from their states’ universal preschool programs.
These early childhood teachers already speak six languages. Now they’re earning credentials, helping their community, and living their dreams.
Free universal preschool has been a dream of Colorado early childhood advocates for years. Now the preschool expansion is law — and the real work begins.
Lawmakers said the proposal will ultimately help providers and lower costs for families — though not right away.
The universal preschool bill passed the state Senate on Thursday, one of the last hurdles before it becomes law.
Although Democratic lawmakers have so far beat back attempts to defang the flavor ban bill, their biggest remaining hurdle could be fellow Democrat, Gov. Jared Polis.
Free college classes are part of a multi-pronged state effort intended to mint more early childhood teachers before Colorado’s universal preschool launch.
The vision for a state early childhood agency and a free preschool program open to all Colorado 4-year-olds took a step closer to reality Thursday.
Some district leaders worry about the scope and speed of changes as Colorado prepares to launch a new early childhood agency and universal preschool.
Some district leaders say the state’s rules for proving teachers completed the training is burdensome and extends beyond what a 2019 law requires.
In many districts, more families opted for kindergarten this year even if their children were eligible for first grade.
The salary range for leading Colorado’s new early childhood department would be $155,000 to $170,000.
New revenue from a nicotine tax will give Colorado millions for universal preschool, but some experts wonder if it’s enough to ensure quality.
Ten Colorado employers are part of a new state-funded program that guides businesses that want to open child care centers on their sites or nearby.
Most Colorado districts flagged by the state for using unacceptable reading curriculum have pledged to adopt state-approved programs.
Colorado child care providers continue to face grave financial challenges as the pandemic drags on, with some taking out loans or selling possessions to make ends meet.
The planned universal preschool program will massively expand publicly funded preschool in the state.
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