October 1, 2022

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Colorado is turning to everyone from Gen Z to retirees as it tries to staff up for expanded preschool in 2023

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COLORADO SPRINGS — Fernanda Carrillo still remembers the way her kindergarten teacher could swiftly turn a classroom of crying kids into a safe space where they felt nurtured and that they belonged.

One of her sharpest memories from one of her earliest school years takes her back to a day a classmate started sobbing, triggered by a book with a sad plot. Before long, the rest of the class was in tears, too. Carrillo’s teacher calmly brought the boy up to the front of the class to sit beside her, hugging him and reassuring him he was surrounded by friends.

“I saw how a little bit of kindness goes a long way,” said Fernanda, 17, a senior at Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs who is learning how to work with preschoolers in an early childhood education dual…

Erica Breunlin

2022-09-16 04:25:00

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