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 caused financial strife for early learning programs trying to meet health and safety guidelines and keep staff and children safe. But the public health crisis has also illuminated the essential nature of the early learning and care field and reinvigorated hopes to expand preschool access to more children.
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.
Our economy cannot successfully reopen if we do not support the health and safety of child care providers in the coming months.
Legislators spared K-12 schools and community colleges cuts, but will force them to borrow billions and rely on more stimulus aid from Congress.
Child care programs are reopening in California with significant changes to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19. These are some of the changes detailed in federal, state and county health and safety guidelines.
Some preschool and child care providers are finding creative ways to reduce health risks, while also meeting children’s developmental needs.