October 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every element of the early learning and care community:

Working parents (Moms especially)

Educational development

Kindergarten Enrollment

Many are calling for lawmakers to prioritize the needs of children just as a new study from Yale has been release finding that child care programs are not associated with the spread of coronavirus.


Child care programs not associated with COVID-19 spread, large study finds
Today | 10/14/20
A large-scale study conducted by Yale University found that child care is not associated with the spread of the coronavirus. The study, published in Pediatrics, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, found that child care programs that stayed open throughout the pandemic did not contribute to the spread…  

Left without school or daycare, farmworkers are bringing their kids to work
Washington Post | 10/15/20
The coronavirus has created a distinct crisis for impoverished farmworkers across the country. Many live in rural areas with limited access to day care and rely on schools and specialized programs to watch their children while they work long hours…  

COVID-19 and the disappearance of millions of working women
The Hill | 10/14/20
For decades, we have relied on families, and specifically on women, to stretch and piece together patchwork, personal solutions to child care needs that call out for public investments and systemic responses.  

How the coronavirus pandemic is affecting what babies learn
New York Times | 10/14/20
Many parents are keeping their little ones away from playgrounds, playgroups and preschool preparatory programs. As a result, the social and learning opportunities for the youngest children have been curtailed, just like everyone else’s.

Kindergarten Enrollments are Down During the Pandemic
ID EdNews | 10/14/20
School leaders across Idaho say kindergarten enrollments are down from last school year, in some schools by over 100 kids… several early tallies indicate more parents are keeping their youngest children home during a global pandemic.  

October is Head Start Awareness Month
Kokomo Perspective | 10/14/20
In October, we celebrate this program and the impact it has had on our children, families, the American socio-economic climate and our work force. The idea for the program was spearheaded by President Lyndon Johnson declaring a war on poverty…  

COVID crisis: Women are dropping out of the workforce at 4 times the rate of men
Courier Journal | 10/15/20
The Kentucky Chamber has long advocated for quality child care, and this has never been more important than it is right now. As our economy and businesses work to reopen safely, it is critical we continue to provide support for our child care facilities.  

Jeanette Rowsey: Children’s issues must be a legislative priority
Herald Dispatch | 10/15/20
Without meaningful subsidies, our child care situation is not and will never be sustainable for a working West Virginia. Forcing parents to spend a significant chunk of their household income on day care, while at the same time paying poverty wages to child care professionals…

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