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Lisa Roy named sole finalist to lead Colorado’s new early childhood agency

Lisa Roy, who previously served as executive director for early childhood education in Colorado’s largest school district and has held leadership roles in several philanthropic organizations, is the sole finalist to lead... Read more »

Meet the Denver principal who wants gifted education in every classroom

Sheldon Reynolds never dreamed he’d become a principal like his father. But today, he leads a successful west Denver elementary school that six years ago was on the brink of closure. In... Read more »

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

When Colorado launches free preschool for 4-year-olds in 2023, it will join a half dozen other states that already offer universal preschool. All of them have encountered the same tricky task Colorado... Read more »

This Denver teacher believes in classrooms that are ‘open to the world’

Teacher Reina Cruz thought she was going to an assembly to celebrate winter and spring sports when she arrived in the packed gym at Denver’s Northfield High School one day in March.... Read more »

Colorado lawmakers pledge $100 million for child care

With just over a year until Colorado begins providing free preschool to 4-year-olds statewide, state lawmakers want to inject $100 million into efforts to beef up the early childhood workforce and create... Read more »

Colorado free preschool bill poised to become law

Tuition-free preschool for Colorado 4-year-olds moved a step closer to fruition Thursday with a key vote in the state Senate, marking one of the last hurdles before Gov. Jared Polis signs the... Read more »

Colorado is reshaping early childhood. Some school districts are nervous.

As Colorado prepares to launch free universal preschool, lawmakers are taking up legislation that could reshape Colorado’s early childhood landscape and reverberate for decades to come. Many advocates and early educators laud... Read more »

Despite pushback, Colorado will enforce K-3 teacher training on reading as planned

Colorado will stick to an August deadline for early elementary teachers to complete mandatory training on how to teach reading, despite pushback from some school district leaders about burdensome reporting requirements. Most... Read more »

Inside Colorado’s kindergarten enrollment rebound: Simple numbers, complicated stories

When Colorado’s kindergarten enrollment plummeted during the first year of the pandemic, people wondered: Where did the kids go and will they come back? A year later, many young students have returned... Read more »

Philadelphia elementary adjusts to a new normal in its second COVID winter

Nearly two years into the pandemic, COVID often blends into the background at Cayuga Elementary School in North Philadelphia. In Ruth Llorens’ kindergarten classroom, 20 kids chatter about pets and birthdays, read... Read more »