Karen covers early education. She is an award-winning writer who comes to EdSource after covering lifestyle, parenting, health, housing, education and the arts for the San Jose Mercury News. She is a four-time Pulitzer juror and her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle and Seattle Times. She has an MA in journalism and a BA in political science and dramatic art from UC Berkeley.
All articles by Karen D'Souza
Experts say making a year of pre-kindergarten available to all 4-year-olds is a watershed achievement in the early education space.
July 12, 2021
A California TK proposal would gradually open the program to all 4-year-olds amid evidence that early learning shapes the adult brain.
June 17, 2021
In the wake of the pandemic, child care providers have emerged as the backbone of the state’s economic recovery.
June 2, 2021
With distance learning struggles, it’s likely children might need to play catch-up this summer before heading into 1st grade in the fall.
May 25, 2021
Expanding TK captures the spirit of the Master Plan for Early Learning and Care and aligns with Biden’s campaign for universal preschool.
May 13, 2021
This roughly $1.8 trillion package sets aside big money for key early childhood initiatives as part of its vast cradle-to-college agenda.
April 28, 2021
The proposed legislation to champion childhood comes at a time when the pandemic has widened the gap between the rich and the poor.
April 27, 2021
Causes for the slide in enrollment are myriad, complicated by existing trends including declining birthrates and people's continued exodus from the state, as well as the sudden economic chaos wrought by the pandemic.
April 22, 2021
The report arrives just as momentum builds to expand access to both transitional kindergarten and state-funded preschool.
April 19, 2021
Child care is far more than just babysitting, advocates say, it’s building the architecture of the brain at a pivotal stage in construction.
April 2, 2021
After being apart from each other for so long, children may need to be retrained on how to socialize before they can be ready to learn.
March 24, 2021
California, with almost 3 million children under age 5, stands to receive about $3.8 billion in federal relief.
March 11, 2021
More than a third of parents surveyed said they have skipped meals or had to cut back on food for the children as a result of the pandemic.
February 25, 2021
Preschool teachers and child care workers earn 38% less than their colleagues in the K-8 system, the report says.