Low pay and high turnover are fueling a crisis in who cares for Colorado’s young children, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic rages.
The Pamoja Early Childhood Education Workforce Program, a pilot program, aims to increase the number of early childhood educators who are fluent in multiple languages and meet Colorado’s growing need.
Vivian Darby, 36, is finally where she’s supposed to be. The funny, gregarious Colorado native is playing in a big sandbox on a sunny winter day. She’s surrounded by a posse of young children. She sings with them. Runs with them. Screams with them. Gently admonishes them.