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CSFP’s Annual State Profile Reports

CSFP’s Annual State Profile Reports

The 2021 State Profile compares audited data noting changes between 2019-20 to the base year of 1992. Data is audited which lags behind the current year. It is important to know that this data is pre-pandemic data. The 2019-20 school year is a good base year for looking at enrollment numbers for student populations when thinking about discussions around 5 year averaging for school districts. 

Three reports from the state profile data:

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CASB Serving You, Nov 12, 2021

CASB Serving You!

November 12, 2021
CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

ADVOCACY


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CASB Serving You, 5 November 2021

CASB Serving You!

November 5, 2021
CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

ADVOCACY


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CASB Serving You, 15Oct21

CASB Serving You!

October 15, 2021
CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

ADVOCACY


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Frequently Asked Questions About the National School Boards Association’s Letter to the President

Frequently Asked Questions About the National School Boards Association’s Letter to the President

On September 29, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent a letter to the President asking for federal assistance to stop threats and acts of violence against public schoolchildren, public school board members, and other public school district officials. In the days since, there has been some misinformation about what is—and what is not—in the letter, as well as questions about why NSBA sent the letter. NSBA is providing this Frequently Asked Questions document to help state association members address members’ concerns, correct misconceptions, and more fully explain NSBA’s position.

Why did NSBA send the letter to the President?

NSBA is a nonpartisan organization. This letter is addressed to the President to address a critical safety issue to public schools and school boards—it is not a partisan issue. The pandemic and our heightened political environment have created a lot of tension in our society that is playing out on social media and in everyday interactions, but especially at school board meetings. School board members have been in the spotlight since the start of the pandemic, but the level of vitriol has increased over the last few weeks, especially regarding mask mandates. NSBA also has policy that calls for the safety and health of students, employees, and visitors.

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DRAFT Department of Early Childhood Transition Plan Now Available for Public Feedback

DRAFT Department of Early Childhood Transition Plan Now Available for Public Feedback

The Transition Working Group (TWG) today released the first draft of a plan to establish a new, unified Department of Early Childhood that will align and strengthen the state’s early childhood services and programs, including the voter-approved, voluntary, universal preschool program. The draft Department of Early Childhood Transition Plan, which highlights recommendations for the department’s structure, governance, and priorities, can be found here.
 
We invite you to join us on our statewide listening tour Oct. 11-15 to share the draft plan and gather public feedback. In-person events will be hosted in nine locations across the state; two virtual events will also be held, and Spanish language interpretation will be available. All stakeholders are encouraged to attend. More information, including event details and registration, can be found here.
 
In addition, an online feedback form to collect input on the draft plan is available here. All feedback is requested by Oct. 21.
 
Our momentum continues to grow, and we look forward to working alongside you to ensure all children, their families, and the early childhood professionals who support them are valued, healthy and thriving.

Join us on a Statewide Listening Tour

Transition Advisory Group Meeting

 
Join us for the next Transition Advisory Group (TAG) meeting! 
 

October 20, 2021 at 3:00pm

 

Monthly 
Town Hall


Join us for the next monthly town hall! Spanish language interpretation will be available.  Save the date! 


November 2, 2021 at 5:30pm

 
Please reach out to Kristina Heyl at [email protected] with any questions.  Thank you all for your commitment to this exciting work! 

For additional information about the transition process, visit www.earlychildhoodcolorado.org/transition

CASB Serving You, October 1, 2021

CASB Serving You!

October 1, 2021
CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

ADVOCACY


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Studies Provide Evidence That Masks Protect Children From Coronavirus

Two Studies Provide Evidence That Masks Protect Children From Coronavirus

The New York Times (9/24) reported that “two studies, published on Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provide additional evidence that masks protect children from the coronavirus, even when community rates are high and the contagious Delta variant is circulating.” One study in Arizona “found that schools that did not require staff and students to wear masks were 3.5 times as likely to have a virus outbreak as schools that required universal masking.” Meanwhile, the second study “looked at infections among all children in 520 different counties across the United States, and found that once the public school year started, pediatric cases increased at a far higher rate in counties where schools did not require masks.” To view the articles, click here and here.


Colorado schools without mask mandates have higher COVID transmission, state data shows (Denver Post)

State health officials also note that cases among kids also significantly higher in counties with lower vaccination rates

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Wearing A Mask And Getting Vaccinated Helps Reduce COVID Case Rates Among School-Aged Kids (CPR)

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Early Childhood Leadership Commission Update

TRANSITION PLANNING ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Statewide Listening Tour Oct. 11-15 + Town Hall

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Join Us Oct. 11-15 for a Listening Session in Your Community!

Building on its longstanding commitment to serving children and families, Colorado is creating a new unified state department to oversee early childhood care and education, including the state’s voter-approved universal preschool program. Join us October 11-15, 2021 for a listening session near you

Spanish language interpretation will be available at both Virtual Listening Sessions. Obtenga más información y registrerse para un evento aqui.

Masks are recommended at all locations. We are committed to providing equal access to our meetings for all participants. If you need language or sign language interpretation, alternative formats or other reasonable accommodations, please contact Kristina Heyl at [email protected].

Visit www.earlychildhoodcolorado.org/tour to learn more and sign up for a session near you! 
 

Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

Monthly
Town Hall
 

Join us for the next monthly town hall!  Spanish language interpretation will be available. 
 

October 5, 2021 at 5:30pm

 

Transition Advisory Group Meeting


Join us for the next Transition Advisory Group (TAG) meeting!
 

October 20, 2021 at 3:00pm

 
Please reach out to Kristina Heyl at [email protected] with any questions.  Thank you all for your commitment to this exciting work! 

For additional information about the transition process, visit www.earlychildhoodcolorado.org/transition

Early Childhood Leadership Commission will host monthly informational Town Halls

Join us for a Statewide Listening Tour!

We will be holding listening sessions around the state to share the draft transition plan and hear feedback directly from parents and caregivers, members of the early childhood workforce, providers, school districts, human services leaders, Early Childhood Councils, and other stakeholders in communities across Colorado. Families are strongly encouraged to attend and share feedback. Save your seat - register for a meeting near you!

Obtenga más información y registrerse para un evento aqui!

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Mental Health America Toolkit

A lot of kids and teens haven't been able to feel safe or stable over the last year because of the trauma caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways it has disrupted “normal” life. MHA’s 2021 Back to School toolkit, “Facing Fears, Supporting Students,” aims to help students, parents, and school personnel recognize how feeling unsafe can impact mental health and school performance, and what can be done to help young people who are struggling with their mental health. 

Due to popular demand, we have also created Spanish-language fact sheets and worksheets that can be downloaded separately here.

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NSBA, AASA Issue Joint Statement Calling for End to Threats and Violence Around Safe School Opening Decisions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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CASB Serving You, 24Sep21

CASB Serving You!

September 24, 2021
CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

  • CASB members can access recorded webinars on our website. The most current ones are:"What You Need to Know About the Mill Levy Correction," “Policy Governance New School Year Checklist,” and “COVID-19 in Children: Colorado Situation Update.” The newest podcast is "Onboarding New Board Members Part I".
  • CASB Regional Meetings are now underway! Don’t miss this great opportunity to connect with your peers in person this fall. In addition, any member can register for the Virtual Regional Meeting on September 29.

Region 1 - 9/13 in Brush — passed


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CASB Serving You, 17Sep21

CASB Serving You!

September 17, 2021
CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Region 1 - 9/13 in Brush — passed


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The Scoop, 15Sep21

 
 
 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Opens Investigations in Five States Regarding Prohibitions of Universal Indoor Masking

Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Opens Investigations in Five States Regarding Prohibitions of Universal Indoor Masking

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) opened directed investigations in five states exploring whether statewide prohibitions on universal indoor masking discriminate against students with disabilities who are at a heightened risk for severe illness from COVID-19 by preventing them from safely accessing in-person education. OCR sent letters today to the chief state school officers of IowaOklahomaSouth CarolinaTennessee, and Utah, outlining how prohibitions of universal indoor masking prevent school districts from implementing health and safety policies that they determine are necessary to protect students from exposure to COVID-19, including those with underlying medical conditions related to their disability.

U.S. Department of Education Approves Five More State ARP Plans

U.S. Department of Education Approves Five More State ARP Plans

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) authorized $122 billion in additional pandemic aid funding to K-12 schools this past spring. Since then, the U.S. Department of Education distributed two-thirds of this funding to states via a formula detailed in the legislation. However, the department held back the remaining third of these funds until states and territories submitted plans detailing how they would make use of these resources to support students as they recover from the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The department approved five more of these plans and disbursed the additional funds to those states. States receiving recent approval include Alaska, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, and Minnesota.

New Resource from NSBA’s Center for Safe Schools

New Resource from NSBA’s Center for Safe Schools

As we emerge from a global pandemic, teachers, administrators, parents, and students are reeling from a year of virtual school, public health emergencies, civil unrest, increasing violence, social isolation, and family trauma. As schools return to in-person instruction, we must not lose sight of the foundational elements of school safety while also preparing for the new challenges this past year has presented. The initiatives and strategies discussed in "Returning to School Safely: School Safety Considerations for the 2021-2022 School Year" will assist schools in recovering from the trauma of the past and planning for a more successful future.

Using ARP Funds to Address Lost Instructional Time for Students

Using ARP Funds to Address Lost Instructional Time for Students

The U.S. Department of Education has published a new resource titled “Strategies for Using American Rescue Plan Funding to Address the Impact of Lost Instructional Time.” This guide to help school districts meet the needs of students who have been impacted by learning loss includes information about staffing solutions, social-emotional learning, parental engagement, home visits, assessments, and related areas. The guide also includes resources to help students with disabilities. Through ARP ESSER funding, districts are to utilize a portion of funds to (1) address the academic impact of lost instructional time through the implementation of evidence-based interventions; (2) ensure that the interventions implemented respond to students’ social-emotional, mental health, and academic needs; and (3) address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, students with disabilities, multilingual learners, migratory students, students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care.

COVID-19 in Children: Colorado Situation Update

COVID-19 in Children: Colorado Situation Update

If you were not able to join the webinar, we have the following resources available:

COVID-19 in Children Update
CDPHE Update
Literature Review on Masking in Schools
Additional COVID-19 Vaccine and Mask Resources

We are seeing patients with respiratory illnesses – including COVID – as well as behavioral health needs that are resulting in significant increase in volumes at our hospitals much earlier in the year than usual. We anticipate those numbers will increase with the start of school as more respiratory viruses circulate.

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