Quality early care and education are critical to prepare California children for school and their lives in general. But a large percentage of children do not have access to high quality early childhood education programs. The coronavirus pandemic has eliminated most hope of expanding preschool to more low-income 4-year-olds in the near future and has caused financial strife for early learning programs trying to meet health and safety guidelines and keep staff and children safe.
The waiver process has been fraught with debate — raising issues of safety, volatility and fairness.
With Senate likely to remain in GOP hands, it is not clear how much of his detailed pro-teacher agenda, with a heavy emphasis on community colleges and affordability, could be implemented.
With most instruction now remote and with less class time, students don’t spend as much time exposed to their new language.
Schools in Los Angeles have begun in-person instruction with their youngest learners, under the county’s reopening allowance for students with special needs.
Can outdoor schools offer lessons at a time when being indoors is so risky?
Policymakers must provide at least $50 billion in federal pandemic relief funding to stabilize the child-care sector.
Some parents are also opting for preschool because a more familiar environment offers comfort during the pandemic.
Child care providers are the backbone of a working economy.
Lucerne Valley Elementary in San Bernardino County was one of the first public schools in the state to get approval to reopen.
Preschool students facing a learning loss because Covid-19 closed their nursery school and child care programs are getting help from parents and teachers trying to keep them learning.
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.
In addition to advocating for higher pay per subsidized child, providers say they will call for more training and more access to subsidies.
Close to a fifth of the cases were among children, about a third were among staff and another third were among parents.