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
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.
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.