Science shows that trauma interrupts brain development in young children, which is why some may have developmental delays due to the pandemic.
Hunger has emerged as a key issue. within the child care workforce. Of the roughly 1 million child care workers in the country, research shows, 1 in 3 experienced food insecurity.
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.
If these sweeping proposals are enacted, they would overhaul the nation’s child care system to make it more accessible and affordable.
A California TK proposal would gradually open the program to all 4-year-olds amid evidence that early learning shapes the adult brain.
In the wake of the pandemic, child care providers have emerged as the backbone of the state’s economic recovery.
Child care is far more than just babysitting, advocates say, it’s building the architecture of the brain at a pivotal stage in construction.
California, with almost 3 million children under age 5, stands to receive about $3.8 billion in federal relief.
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.
Preschool teachers and child care workers earn 38% less than their colleagues in the K-8 system, the report says.
Among other measures, $25 billion is intended to stabilize the child care industry.
We explore the ambitious goals of California's Master Plan for Early Learning and Care to expand preschool, child care and opportunities for dual-language learners.
EdSource reporters and readers met Wednesday in a virtual town hall to discuss what education will look like this fall in California.
Some California students may find themselves in child care in the very classrooms they are barred from entering for in-person instruction.
Many providers are missing rent payments and racking up credit card debt, in addition to worrying they will be infected with the coronavirus.