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Jeff Bezos to open first nonprofit preschool in Washington as part of $2 billion Day One Fund

CNBC |

Jeff Bezos is launching the first location of his network of free “Montessori-inspired” preschools, the Amazon CEO announced in an Instagram post on Tuesday. The first school will be in Des Moines, Washington, and will open on Oct. 19. The schools are being launched by nonprofit organization Bezos Academy, which is overseen by Bezos’ philanthropic endeavor the Day One Fund.

Ohio’s Appalachian Region Was Already Losing Child Care Providers. Then the Pandemic Hit.

Eye on Ohio – Ohio Center for Journalism |

Ohio, like many places across the country, didn’t have enough child care options before coronavirus struck. The problem is more acute in the state’s rural areas, where parents have to travel further and the number of licensed centers – predominantly run by women – has steadily declined for more than a decade, according to state data obtained by The Fuller Project.

The pandemic is rapidly accelerating closures, widening a child care gap in a region where more than a quarter of all children under 12 live in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Appalachian Ohio has yet to rebound from the economic blows dealt by the Great Recession and the opioid epidemic, which obliterated an already depressed workforce.

Every Child Succeeds names Jennifer Frey as president; Judith Van Ginkel retires

Cincinnati Business Courier |

The organization’s founding president, Judith Van Ginkel, is retiring; Jennifer Frey, a researcher, clinician and educator, will assume the role effective Nov. 9.

A Cincinnati native, Frey joins Every Child Succeeds after eight years on the faculty at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she is a tenured associate professor in special education and disability studies, and director of the early intervention and early childhood special education graduate program in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Every Child Succeeds targets low-income pregnant women and new mothers with at-home visits throughout Southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

First-Ever Report Spotlights California, New Jersey, D.C. as Best in Nation for Creating Prenatal-to-3 Policies That Set Children Up to Excel in Early Education

74 Million |

Only California, New Jersey and the District of Columbia have implemented all of the state policies that research shows contribute to young children’s health and well-being during their first three years, according to a comprehensive new “roadmap” released Tuesday.

The five state policies highlighted in the roadmap are: expanded income eligibility for health insurance, reduced barriers to applying for food stamps, paid family leave, a minimum wage of at least $10 and a refundable state earned income tax credit that is at least 10 percent of the federal one.

The report, which includes profiles of each state, also recommends six strategies to support young children’s readiness for school, including having a proven screening and referral program, supplementing federal funding for Early Head Start and having broad criteria for which children can access early intervention services. But the findings show that no state has implemented all of them.

HCCAO Head Start returns after closing in March due to COVID-19

Highland County Press |

The Highland County Community Action Organization’s Head Start program has returned to in-person classes after previously closing in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. School started back on Monday, Sept. 14, and Program Director, Valerie Williams reported a smooth start to the 2020-21 school year.

“We are taking many health and safety precautions this year to assure our children and staff all remain well,” Williams said. “We are following the state licensing recommendations of only having nine children in each classroom.”

CDC Study Shows Young Kids At Daycare Centers Can Seed Covid-19 Outbreaks

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention |

Coronavirus spread through several Utah childcare centers earlier this year and eventually infected parents, the latest indicator that toddlers and infants can transmit the virus to adults, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found in a study released Friday.

Read the CDC Study: Transmission Dynamics of COVID-19 Outbreaks Associated with Child Care Facilities — Salt Lake City, Utah, April–July 2020

Masks, Divided Tables, Assigned Spots on the Rug: Inside One Preschool’s Strategy for Coping With COVID-19

The 74 Million |

Masks, small numbers of kids, assigned seating and mock brushing are just a few of the adaptations this Head Start center has made since the pandemic hit Cleveland in March. It’s also one of the few early childhood centers in the city that found a way to keep going, even just as a trial over the summer to work out how to reopen in the fall.

Early education leaders discuss rebuilding ‘workforce behind the workforce’ after coronavirus closures

Cleveland.com |

As the state’s businesses reopen, early educators hope the continued need will showcase how essential early education centers are to the state’s economy — and hopefully direct more resources to programs.

“This is the workforce behind the workforce,” Robyn Lightcap, the executive director of Dayton-Montgomery County Preschool Promise, said in an Ohio State University Crane Center For Early Childhood Research and Policy forum on Wednesday.

New Study Says Lack Of Good Childcare Is Hurting Businesses

Statehouse News Bureau |

The report by ReadyNation shows $57 billion in lost earnings nationally in productivity and revenue because of the lack of day care. To solve the problem, business leaders want Congress and the state to help Ohio recover funds for child care that have been lost during the pandemic.