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
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.
February 24, 2021
Early childhood advocates applaud any increase in access to early education, which many see as critical to closing achievement gaps.
February 18, 2021
Among other measures, $25 billion is intended to stabilize the child care industry.
February 5, 2021
While many students have likely suffered learning loss during the global health crisis, it may have a greater impact on incoming first-graders.
January 28, 2021
Young children remain a focus in the budget, despite the economic chaos wrought by the pandemic.
January 8, 2021
Harsh discipline at such an early age can have lasting consequences.
January 5, 2021
The recommendations include increasing the size of payouts and duration of leave, as well as support for small businesses.
December 14, 2020
A proposed a sweeping suite of bills is designed to help reform the state’s early childhood system.
December 9, 2020
Gov. Gavin Newsom made early childhood education a central focus of his administration.
December 1, 2020
Family life has been disrupted in innumerable ways during the pandemic, including the nature of our relationship to screens.
November 23, 2020
The waiver process has been fraught with debate — raising issues of safety, volatility and fairness.