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.
Colorado’s new state early childhood agency aims to ease the red tape facing families and child care providers by shifting administrative burdens onto the shoulders of government.
Kindergarten classrooms in lower-income schools tended to have fewer staff than higher-income schools, researchers said
With chronic staff shortages, many Colorado child care programs have had to close classrooms or reduce class sizes
The latest round of federal COVID relief money will begin making its way to Colorado’s 4,700 licensed child care providers this fall, with a sizable chunk earmarked to reduce parent tuition costs.
Kindergarten enrollment is poised to rebound in many Colorado districts this year, though not generally to the level it was prior to the pandemic.
One of the evaluator’s recommendations has already drawn fire from some State Board of Education members.
Educators at some Early Literacy Grant schools say the program was transformational, but changes can be tough to sustain.
The project aims to make it easier for early childhood teachers to earn college degrees.
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