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
Some are most worried about schools shuttering again, fearful of remote learning, which caused emotional damage and learning loss for many.
January 18, 2022
Today's kindergarten is not the same kindergarten parents and guardians experienced when they went to school, some teachers say. Today's kindergarten is really more like first grade.
December 22, 2021
Play is such a powerful force, some research suggests, that it can be used as a tool to close achievement gaps and improve mental health.
December 8, 2021
The $2 trillion House-passed social policy bill includes about $400 billion earmarked for universal preschool and affordable child care and an extension of the child tax credit.
November 19, 2021
If these sweeping proposals are enacted, they would overhaul the nation’s child care system to make it more accessible and affordable.
September 30, 2021
New research says less stimulation, stress on parents during Covid pandemic may factor into average 22-point IQ drop among babies.
September 17, 2021
Parent advocates: Early-education programs such as transitional kindergarten can shrink the California achievement gap.
September 1, 2021
Experts share insights on how parents and teachers can help kids — especially those who may be behind — learn to read as they go back to school.
August 18, 2021
Kindergarten students nationwide and in California became the biggest group to opt out of remote-only schooling during the pandemic.
August 7, 2021
A new state law addresses the reality this fall for many families: Their child missed kindergarten because of the pandemic. Should they move on to first grade? Parents are entitled to information on the pros and cons.
August 7, 2021
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.