Parents of the world, unite! OK, so Dana Suskind's call to arms doesn't have quite that revolutionary zeal. But it comes close.
More than eight million of the 28 million children in that age group in the United States have received two vaccine shots.
Amid the deepening child care crisis, two Democratic senators, Patty Murray of Washington and Tim Kaine of Virginia, are joining forces to push a scaled-back version of the ambitious child care program that was part of President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” legislation, as HuffPost reported
Covid-19 brought California’s already-ailing child care system to its knees. If you work in child care or are a parent, you are intimately familiar with this reality.
Package includes direct payments to help address costs of rising inflation and past-due water and utility bills, free public transit, money for health care workers, middle-class health care subsidies, and waiving child care fees for families SACRAMENTO – As people throughout the country face inc
How Are Subsidized Child Care Providers Paid in California? Subsidized child care providers are paid in one of two ways in California: 1) by accepting vouchers from families or 2) by contracting directly with the state.
The state mandates transitional kindergarten, but isn’t paying the tab for a small portion of wealthy school districts. Some are balking. In a major shift for early education, California is expanding its transitional kindergarten program to eventually include all 4-year-olds.
xpanded exclusively in public school districts, pre-kindergarten has the potential to decimate the nation’s child care market, inadvertently depriving working families of access to infant and toddler care.
For nearly a year, businesses have been complaining that they can't find workers as labor shortages abound, and the labor market gets tighter and tighter.
What one study can — and can’t — tell us about education policy. In January, a team of researchers at Vanderbilt University released a study that seemed to be a serious setback to the push for nationwide, universal pre-K programs.
Moderna Inc.’s Covid-19 vaccine safely induced robust immune responses in children ages 6 months to 5 years in a new study, the company said, though the shot had modest efficacy against the Omicron variant. Moderna said Wednesday the vaccine’s efficacy against symptomatic infections was 43.
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For many families in the Coachella Valley, having access to safe and affordable childcare has become rare within the last few years. Riverside County currently has a team called First Five.
With mask mandates easing, some parents and schools will have much to think about in the coming weeks. After Friday night at 11:59 p.m.
Donise Keller, a child care provider in Antioch, takes care of a little boy coping with some developmental delays. The 3½-year-old doesn’t talk very much, and he doesn’t enjoy interacting with other children.
The omnibus package, which is expected to pass the Senate this week, includes increases for a number of federal child care and early education programs, including roughly $11 billion for Head Start and Early Head Start and $6.2 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant.
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Hiring employees is growing more and more difficult for small business owners. With a record number of team members quitting across the US, it’s more important than ever to not only attract the right candidates but also give them a reason to stay.
For nearly a decade, Jackie Shaw, 43, worked three jobs: One at a housing clinic in San Francisco, a second at the county social service agency in Oakland, and a third at home in Treasure Island, as the single mother of three kids.
The Commission on Teacher Credentialing’s (CTC) is actively working on “multiple, accessible” pathways for elementary teachers and ECE permit holders to teach in TK and developing a PK-3rd ECE specialist credential.
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California will drop school masking requirements after March 11, leaving the decision up to districts and local jurisdictions, state officials announced Monday. Currently, California students and teachers have to mask up indoors at K-12 schools statewide, regardless of vaccination status.
Donise Keller has made many sacrifices in 20 years as a child care provider, but she has rarely questioned her calling. She puts in 12-hour days. She gets by on less than $20,000 a year. She worries about getting Covid on the job. But, despite it all, she says she loves what she does.
The California State Preschool Program currently serves the state's low-income three- and four-year-olds. Edsource reports the new proposal to expand the program to children as young as two is part of the K-12 "trailer bill," clarifying policies related to the state budget for 2022-23.
(The Center Square) – Thousands of Medi-Cal recipients who are children, pregnant or disabled adults would no longer be required to pay premiums for health care coverage under a new proposal introduced by a California lawmaker. Assembly Bill 1995, introduced by Assemblyman Dr.
Nine out of 10 Los Angeles voters support increased public funding for child care and preschool, according to a new poll released Friday by the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment.
Children’s books about topics like race, gender identity and sexual orientation are increasingly at risk of being banned by schools and libraries across the country. But Dr.
Two newly introduced bills could impact the early education landscape in California if they eventually become law. Both bills seek to redefine aspects of the kindergarten experience.
California ended its mask mandate for fully vaccinated people Tuesday for all but school staff and students, prompting protests across the state. Most school districts are sending unmasked students home, but the number of schools that are welcoming them is growing.
SACRAMENTO – Continuing her work to expand educational and developmental opportunities for young children, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today introduced legislation that establishes universal preschool in California.
SACRAMENTO – Continuing her work to expand educational and developmental opportunities for young children, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today introduced legislation that establishes universal preschool in California.
California’s subsidized preschool program may be open to children as young as 2 if the expansion of services in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget comes to pass. The California State Preschool Program currently serves the state’s low-income 3- and 4-year-olds.
Preschool attendance in the United States grew only slightly over the most recent decade–with enrollment among 3- and 4-year-olds never reaching 50%–and survey evidence suggests the ongoing pandemic has pushed the numbers even lower. But there are signs that the momentum is shifting.
A new study of the effects of Tennessee’s Voluntary Pre-K (TNVPK) program has ignited debate about the benefits of preschool right at a time when the Build Back Better bill—which includes historic investments in children and families through early care and education (ECE)—is stalled in Congres
The average annual cost of daycare for infants hit just over $12,300 in 2020, according to a new report from Child Care Aware. With inflation at a 40-year high, families are feeling the pinch of higher prices at the grocery store checkout, on their home heating bill, and when they pay rent.
Pfizer and BioNTech announced Friday that they are postponing their application to the Food and Drug Administration for the companies' COVID-19 vaccine for children under the age of 5.
Dale Farran has been studying early childhood education for half a century. Yet her most recent scientific publication has made her question everything she thought she knew. And by "this," she means the outcome of a study that lasted more than a decade.
He gave the example of a party he went to this weekend in Florida, which was intended to be outdoors — until it started raining, forcing the party inside and forcing Wachter to decide if he was going to stay, eating and drinking inside without a mask, or leave his college friend’s 65th birthday
As 2022 begins, educators, students, families and communities continue to navigate a state of prolonged and volatile crisis. The persistent spread of Covid-19 has compounded the challenge of ensuring safe and healthy learning environments.
California’s first Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, whose departure was recently announced by Governor Gavin Newsom, continues to be a champion for children and families in the state. The First 5 Association, First 5 California and First 5 LA recognize Dr.
Now we turn to a new front in the debate over masks in schools. Some states, like California, are currently giving out respirator-style masks to children.
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On a freezing cold night, a group of women slowly starts to gather in a mostly empty car park north of Boston. All of them are mums who, like so many others, have spent the past two years trying to manage the stress, fear and frustrations of trying to raise kids during a pandemic.
Neuroscientists have long known that shut-eye helps consolidate memories in adults. Napping may play an equally crucial role in infants and young children.
If you have children under the age of 5, January 2022 may have been one of the most stressful months since the beginning of the pandemic. The Omicron variant shuttered classrooms and left families and educators with questions about vaccines, masking, and the safety of being at school.
Child care workers in Washington, D.C. will receive checks for at least $10,000, after the city's council approved a measure to redirect tax revenues from the city's wealthiest residents to the child care workers, the Washington Post reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin declared Tuesday that President Joe Biden’s vast social and environment bill is “dead,” using his strongest language to date to underscore that any revival of Democrats’ top domestic priorities would have to arise from fresh negotiations.
The last age group of the population unable to get a Covid-19 vaccine may soon be able to do so — and much earlier than anticipated.
A new Yale study found that child care programs in the United States that practiced child masking early in the COVID-19 pandemic (May-June 2020) experienced a 13% reduction in program closure within the following year, and continued child masking throughout the one-year study period was associated w
As the more highly transmissible omicron variant continues to be the country’s dominant Covid strain, health experts are recommending adults and children upgrade from cloth or surgical masks to higher quality masks such as KN95s or KF94s.
President Biden on Wednesday met with corporate executives from major companies about his Build Back Better proposal, arguing the benefits of the climate and child care provisions of it on the economy. “The bottom line is, a lot of folks refer to this as just social spending.
Child care centers were already struggling prior to the omicron variant. Now a dire situation has gotten even worse.
Second in a two-part series. Read part one here. Lynn Twork tries to make sense of the most recent guidance from San Diego County on what to do when there’s a positive COVID-19 case in one of her preschool classrooms. She talks like someone stuck in a 16th century hedge maze from Europe.
There's been much hubbub in recent months about what's been dubbed "The Great Resignation." The popular phrase refers to the roughly 33 million Americans who have quit their jobs since the spring of 2021.
As the third calendar year of the pandemic begins, 2022 promises to be an important one—especially for education.
Children who attended Tennessee’s state-funded voluntary pre-K program during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years were doing worse than their peers by the end of sixth grade in academic achievement, discipline issues and special education referrals.
California is poised to become the front line of America’s vaccination wars.
The bill, introduced by State Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, who is also a pediatrician, takes Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Covid vaccine mandate a step further. It would require the vaccine regardless of whether the U.S.
The Cal/OSHA Standards Board has revised and readopted Cal/OSHA's COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). This readopted ETS maintains much of the prior Cal/OSHA ETS requirements.
Even before COVID there was a real staffing crisis among childcare providers, supporters say the positions are undervalued and poorly paid. Now the situation is far worse. K PBS investigative reporter Claire Traeger looks at what's causing this massive childcare staffing crisis in the region
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"I had a parent tell me to f*** off last week," Cori Berg said. She directs the Hope Day School, a church-affiliated early childhood program in Dallas.
Child care has become an enormous issue since the pandemic started and now the Downtown San Diego Library is one of the many buildings in the area the city may potentially turn into a child care center. "It’s a big enough problem where we call it a crisis," said Director of Policy and Strategy
California has a statewide distribution of at-home Covid-19 tests for child care providers planned for the end of January, as the LAist reported, which may provide some relief for caregivers scrambling to find tests and masks during the latest surge.
San Diego Quality Preschool Initiative and First 5 San Diego have partnered to offer free tuition to early education providers.
The White House intends to restart talks with Sen. Joe Manchin on President Biden’s social safety net package, hoping to try a new tack in negotiations, as the Wall Street Journal reported, even as some Democrats push for passing key pieces of the agenda instead.
Recent research lays bare an enormous toll facing California families: Child care has become so costly that in most of the state it’s surpassed housing as the largest monthly expense for households with young children.
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“We are definitely at a labor shortage and staffing crisis that really needs significant federal investment,” he said during a virtual news conference with Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont and other officials.
Kayley Wolf is considering switching employers. But before leaving any job, she has to look at her child care benefits that help provide for her 6-month-old son. In the midst of the pandemic, some in private industry have stepped up their child care benefits.
Ideological differences make more of a difference than financial resources in keeping U.S. child care behind. Barbara Risman has studied gender, family and work for about 40 years.
It’s time to accept that America’s child care market is fundamentally broken.
A new year means a new tax season coming soon -- and there are some big changes to the child and dependent care credit that could provide a major increase in your tax refund.
Claire Suddath, a journalist in Brooklyn, pays about $24,000 a year for daycare for her 17-month-old daughter. Though considered cheap by Brooklyn standards, it's still an enormous expense — and one that Suddath acknowledges is out of reach for many parents.
The American workforce has had a lot to celebrate in recent months. Employment and job opportunities are on the rise, companies are offering more flexibility, and more employees are getting vaccinated and shedding their pajamas in favor of real pants.
The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership has supported local child-care programs for years. Lawmakers can learn from it for the Build Back Better act.
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin doomed President Biden's roughly $2 trillion social spending and climate legislation known as Build Back Better on Sunday, telling Fox News in an interview that he cannot support it.
A hiring crisis is closing classrooms at Nurtury Early Education in Boston.The nonprofit, which serves mostly low-income families, has seen its staff shrink 30% during the coronavirus pandemic."We cannot find enough educators who are willing to come into our classrooms," CEO Laura Perille said.
Soon California public schools will offer free transitional kindergarten for all four year olds. It will be a big help to working parents, but K PBS reporter Tanya thorn tells us it may have unintended consequences for childcare providers. Pamela causes four year old goes to an in-home daycare.
Claire Suddath, a journalist in Brooklyn, pays about $24,000 a year for daycare for her 17-month-old daughter. Though considered cheap by Brooklyn standards, it's still an enormous expense — and one that Suddath acknowledges is out of reach for many parents.
On December 13, 2021, the California Department of Public Health issued binding guidance requiring all Californians statewide to mask indoors irrespective of vaccination status.
There's more mixed news about the power of vaccines to protect people against the omicron variant — this time about the Moderna vaccine. Previous research had indicated the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is also less protective against omicron.
A bill that would create a universal child care system in New York was introduced Wednesday by state Sen. Jabari Brisport as advocates and state lawmakers seek to push the issue to front burner of the agenda in Albany in the coming year.
Those districts include West Contra Costa Unified (WCCUSD), as well those in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Oakland.
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: Earlier we discussed the watershed moment for abortion rights in the U.S. A related issue is child care in America, which many parents recognize as dysfunctional.
Job recovery has been slow, further challenged by teachers walking away from the sector in search of higher wages at companies like McDonald’s and Amazon, the report notes. To make matters worse, child care has long been notable, experts say, as one of the lowest-paying jobs in the country.
Jessica Duckett's Teddy Bear Day Care and Preschool is feeling the effects of the nation's hiring crunch firsthand.
As Biden’s social safety net bill makes its way through Congress, American families continue to struggle with child care while making ends meet.
There’s a lot for many California parents to gain in the Biden administration’s Build Back Better plan: big tax breaks for each child, free pre-kindergarten programs and a limit on how much families pay for child care. But much of the change would be temporary.
As 2021 draws to a close, many childcare and preschool directors are busy planning for the year ahead. In a recent webinar, we asked our community of ECE leaders what their best tips were for wrapping up the year well and strengthening their businesses in 2022.
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Almost half the workforce can't leave the house with kids at home and few feasible optionsIt’s hard to get an economy moving again when almost half of your potential workers can’t leave the house.
Yearlong waiting lists, babysitters nowhere to be found, and families feeling the strain. Katy Stenta, the pastor of a small church in Albany, N.Y., and the mother of three boys, has experienced pandemic-related child-care shortages from all sides.
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Cohen and her family live in Portland, Ore., where the cost of caring for an infant runs as high as $2,000 a month. Preschool for her older child was cheaper, but not much, and most of the programs Cohen found ended at noon. To cover a regular workday, she’d need to tack on aftercare or a nanny.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks about his 2021-2022 state budget proposal during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., on Jan. 8, 2021.
House Democrats on Friday succeeded in their months-long quest to pass a behemoth social spending bill, but the legislation still needs to be hammered out by the Senate before it can become law. Why it matters: The $1.
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Child care workers earn lower wages than pre-K teachers, who in turn make less than kindergarten teachers, according to data from the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at Berkeley. There are several factors driving the pay gap.
The plan is still being volleyed around by legislators and the Congressional Budget Office, but if it moves forward, it will mean big changes for child care and preschool programs.
SEATTLE — After Bryan Kang’s son was born in July, the occupational therapist and his wife, a teacher, started looking for child care in the Los Angeles area.
Universal preschool is coming to California in 2025, a major victory, years in the making for early childhood education advocates. McCarty is the architect of the $2.7 billion initiative, which was authorized as part of an education funding bill signed into law in July.
Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Infected children are potential “reservoirs” for the evolution of new variants as well as potential spreaders of current variants, explains Lael Yonker.
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Children play together in the 3-year-old class at Little Flowers Early Childhood and Development Center in Baltimore. In Maryland, about 1 in 3 adults in households with those 4 and younger reported taking a child out of child care in the previous four weeks.
California’s coronavirus transmission rates are dropping, a hopeful sign amid a summer surge fueled by the Delta variant, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Millions of parents received their third child tax credit checks in their bank accounts this morning. And if you live in California, you could be getting even more money with the second round of Golden State Stimulus checks for $600 (or up to $1,100) on Friday.
Spurred by the pandemic, Democrats are proposing a foundational shift in how the nation pays for childcare — placing responsibility largely on taxpayers rather than parents. It’s a transition dozens of wealthy countries already have made.
Outcomes for disabled students — especially those who are Black or English learners — in one Bay Area school district are so poor that the district is essentially denying the students their right to an education, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.
The margin could narrow as further updates during the evening reflect votes cast in person on election day.
The U.S. child-care system fails to adequately serve many families due to insufficient supply and high cost, holding back parents’ ability to contribute to the economy, according to a new report from the U.S. Treasury Department.
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Crystal Rogers, owner of Cozy Couch Family Day Care in Martinsburg, W.Va., finally feels appreciated. It took the pandemic to make that happen. For too long, she says, society has looked down on day care — as somehow less worthy than school. And no wonder.
Senate Democrats are weighing a three-year extension of President Joe Biden's revamped child tax credit in the $3.5 trillion social spending plan, per a Senate Democratic aide familiar with the ongoing discussions.
Without thoughtful implementation, a proposal for universal Pre-K could derail much of the country’s child care system, particularly for infants, toddlers, and their families.
Making child care more affordable is a laudable goal of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending plan, which would expand and create an array of new social programs. But the approach Democrats are likely to take will perversely increase its price, in much the same way student loan programs do.
With Release of Budget Resolution, Child Care and Preschool Should Remain a Top Priority in Reconciliation Package UPDATE: On Wednesday, August 11th, the Senate voted to approve the budget resolution, setting the stage for Congressional Democrats to […]
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced on Wednesday that school employees in the state must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing. California is the first state to enact such requirements.
Sign up for the daily Marketplace newsletter to make sense of the most important business and economic news. Senate Democrats put out a $3.5 trillion spending proposal Monday that includes a big expansion of so-called safety net programs, including federally funded universal prekindergarten.
The pandemic-driven shift to remote learning contributed significantly to a dramatic drop in public school enrollment last year, especially among the nation’s youngest learners.
After all the struggles of the past year and a half, Randy Lum and his four-year-old son Miles were eagerly awaiting the first day at Miles’ new preschool last week. But their excitement didn’t last long.
The American child care crisis is decades old and continues to disproportionately affect women.
High turnover and staffing shortages have long been a scourge of early childhood education, but for many child care providers, the struggle has ratcheted up considerably during the pandemic. That was true in the height of the outbreak last year, and it remains true now.
Parents of children under 12 are once again struggling to juggle work and child care. There’s concern about another mass resignation of moms.
More than 40,000 California family child care providers will see a raise next year thanks to the Child Care Providers United union’s first labor contract with the state.
"First we have to build the capacity and get the workers, and then we will have the ability then to move on," Sen. Patty Murray says.
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If you think parenting is stressful, imagine parenting while also competing as a Paralympic athlete. Lora Webster, who competes in sitting volleyball, is a mother of three, with number four on the way.
Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else. Special correspondent Cat Wise and producer Kate McMahon report from Mississippi, where many working parents struggled to find affordable, quality child care long before the pandemic.
California families won big in the budget signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom this week — financing a half-million new child care seats and the nation’s boldest spread of preschool since the advent of Head Start nearly six decades ago.
Before the pandemic, Patricia Gutierrez would drop her 8-year-old autistic son off at school in San Jose and her 4-year-old son off at day care every morning.
The debate over what exactly counts as infrastructure has been raging for months in Washington D.C. And now we may have an answer.
With brief but exuberant praise from Democrats and often acerbic criticism from Republicans, the Legislature dispatched the 2021-22 budget bill with spending levels for education that appeared implausible a year ago, in the throes of a pandemic.
House progressives say they can bring down the bipartisan bill if they do not get their priorities too, but as White House lobbying steps up, other Democrats have different ideas.
California Assembly and Senate budget leaders announce a budget deal that includes stimulus checks, more in-state students at UC campuses and more money for public health and undocumented immigrants. Gov.
While bipartisan support has grown in recent years for increasing federal investments in young children, disagreements remain over the best way to direct new spending.
In World War Two millions of men went to fight and millions of women joined the workforce. There was just one small problem.t Kids. With their parents out of the house, who would take care of the children? The U.S.
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California Legislative leaders released a landmark $263 billion budget agreement on June 25th that would add a year of school for all 4-year-olds. But mixed delivery, a model for child care delivery to full communities, is missing.
Legislative leaders released a landmark state budget agreement late Friday that would add a year of school for all 4-year-olds, significantly expand Cal Grants and middle-class scholarships for college students and provide record funding for pre-K-12 schools anxious to use billions in one-time money
Following the June 17 vote by the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to adopt the revised COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to allow the revisions to immediately take effect on June 17.
In the face of criticism for its recently proposed standards about mask wearing and social distancing, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“Cal/OSHA”) has now announced revised amendments to its existing workplace safety rules for California employers.
NOVI, Mich., June 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Learning Care Group, Inc. today announced its acquisition of Prestige Preschool Academy, 23 preschools serving families in California, Colorado, Minnesota, and Virginia.
Since March 2020, the federal government has passed three relief packages that assist K-12 schools and child care providers in their response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Sherry Villanueva’s family of Santa Barbara restaurants employed 350 people before the pandemic took hold and darkened dining rooms across California. Now, with the state’s economy officially reopened, about 250 workers are back on the job.
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Efforts by state leaders to make transitional kindergarten available to all of California’s 4-year-olds has raised a question that is pitting some San Diego parents against their school districts. Are all districts required to offer transitional kindergarten?
One of California's top public health officials confirmed Wednesday that the state will align with federal face masking guidance when the state's tiered reopening system is lifted next week.
Offering transitional kindergarten for every 4-year-old could reshape child care and preschool in California. Governor Gavin Newsom proposed the transitional kindergarten, or TK, expansion last month, and state legislators included the estimated $2.
Early childhood experts agree that systemic educational equities cannot be addressed without equitable access to high-quality learning that spans from birth to age 5. So it may come as a surprise that Gov.
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President Biden’s proposal to set a new minimum wage for child care and preschool workers would be a good first step in an industry known for low pay and high turnover, but more must be done to establish a livable wage long term, advocates say.
When the economist Nancy Folbre got a call from the MacArthur Foundation in 1998, she was expecting rejection: a courtesy call to deny the funding application she’d submitted. She had reason to think an institution might overlook her work.
Sacramento, Calif. – In 2021, First 5 California debuted its informative and resource-packed Kit for New Parents to millions of families and caregivers throughout the state.
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on Tuesday unveiled a $700 billion plan to help families get affordable, quality child care in the United States. Her proposal comes as the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the persistent challenges families face finding and paying for care.
(CBM) – Help is on the way for childcare providers in California — an industry rocked by widespread closures with surviving operators burdened by the weight of sharp increases in their operating costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the wake of the pandemic, which has cast the essential nature of child care into high relief, President Joe Biden has revealed the outlines of a strategy to rebuild the country’s early education and care infrastructure.
The American Family Plan, which the president wants to pay for by increasing the capital gains tax and the top marginal income tax rate, currently doesn’t include an effort to expand health coverage.
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While her husband kept his job, Yogi, who isn’t eligible to receive unemployment benefits here, said the financial stress of becoming a single-income household intensified because of the pandemic.
California continues to lag behind other states in preschool access and quality and the pandemic didn’t help matters, according to a national report that ranks all state-funded preschool programs.
In a virtual classroom visit last month, I unexpectedly saw a toddler amongst the nine-year-old faces. One of the fourth graders, with his headphones and video on, was trying his best to actively listen while bouncing his younger sibling on his knee.
The Biden administration on Thursday announced it is releasing the $39 billion in funding for the child care industry from the American Rescue Plan.
Our pandemic-stricken society cheered the brave first-responders and medical crews who confronted COVID-19 risks every day, thanked grocery workers and tipped delivery people extra (you did, didn’t you?).
Desperate child care providers who look after state-subsidized children are anxiously waiting on a much-needed one-time stipend of $525 per child promised by Gov. Gavin Newsom back in February.
A comprehensive history of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on California would surely conclude that the state’s school children have been treated shamefully.
As statewide eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine expands to residents 16 and older, researchers at Stanford Medicine have set their sights on an even younger group: children ages 2 to 5.
In 2017, a pair of senior Democratic lawmakers first introduced legislation designed to create the nation’s first comprehensive child care system. But they were in the minority then, Donald Trump was president, and the bill never even got a hearing.
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In suburban Ohio, a decades-old child-care center that was thriving before the pandemic shut its doors for the final time in August.
Investments in the caregiving economy, alongside infrastructure and the environment, are expected in the Build Back Better economic package
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris discussed child poverty and education with Secretary Miguel Cardona on Friday. The Biden administration says it will launch a major campaign to make Americans aware of the benefits available under the $1.
With a lack of societal and government support during the pandemic, women are having to make some tough decisions. In the U.S., more than 2.3 million women have left the labor force since the start of the pandemic as shown in research done by The Women’s National Law Center.
We don’t need to tell you America has a child care problem. Many of you can feel it. We certainly can; one of our producers changed a diaper during today’s taping.
President Joe Biden has identified universal pre-K as one of his priorities, and voters in Colorado and Oregon have passed measures to expand affordable access to care for all families.
A year ago, my husband Matt and I crammed our son, our dog, and everything else we could fit into our car and drove to my in-laws’ in southwest Virginia.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Job losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic have hit women harder than men, starting with the pandemic in early 2020 and continuing one year later through February 2021.
As President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion virus relief package heads to the Oval Office for his signature, the mammoth spending bill has the potential to reduce child poverty in the Golden State by half.
Since the coronavirus began its rampage, with most schools unable to stay open, women have been torn from the workforce. In December, women accounted for 100% of job losses across the country.
The nation’s second-largest district would open for in-person learning in April.
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President-elect Joe Biden has a plan to help fix what he calls the immediate and acute child-care crisis in America. He unveiled his proposal on Thursday, as part of his sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package.
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California’s Master Plan for Early Learning and Care may seem at first glance like an overly forward-looking plan in this time of urgent need.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough for California’s child care providers. Some saw their enrollment numbers plummet — along with their revenue — as families decided to keep children home.
California early educators are calling upon Governor Gavin Newsom, California Department of Public Health, and California Health & Human Services to prioritize child care personnel in the proposed rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations among essential workers.
One extolled the benefits of investing; another lamented the financial burden of childcare
As the pandemic wears on, concerns about the stability of the child care system are rising as many Massachusetts child care providers report losing money -- with some closing their doors entirely. Eighty-two percent of the state's licensed providers reopened as of Nov.
Mary De La Rosa stands inside a play structure in her home backyard, that once housed the now-closed child care program, Creative Explorers, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Los Angeles.
Long a goal of early childhood advocates, universal preschool came a step closer to becoming reality this week.
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- We're in the middle of the worst coronavirus surge California has seen so far, and the state is making moves to shut back down again.
California’s Master Plan for Early Learning and Care is a “starting point,” but many advocates point to serious gaps that need to be fixed. Kate Karpilow writes on issues affecting women and families, and authored “Understanding Child Care: A Primer for Policymakers,” Kate.
There’s nothing new about political jousting over shares of a limited but valuable resource. For instance, Californians have been squabbling for decades over divvying up water supplies among agricultural interests, municipal consumers and the natural environment.
As public servants and mothers whose life work is dedicated to maximizing the potential in all children from birth through young adulthood, we stand together as partners in an effort to transform how we provide every infant, toddler and preschooler a successful start that carries them through school
As COVID-19 cases once again spike across the country, parents in school districts like New York City and Detroit face another weeks long stretch of remote learning. This often includes
The ever-shifting demands of parenting in a pandemic are leading to stress, anxiety, and depression. The parental burnout crisis has reached a tipping point “I don’t know anyone that is not struggling” at this point in the pandemic, one mom says.
Once a month, after the kids are in bed, Margie Yeager and her husband convene at the dining room table. She opens her computer and pulls up the spreadsheet where she tracks the family budget. There is one column that’s caused far more stress this year than any other: child care.
You might have thought it would be settled by now, but the school reopening debate is far from over. In a sense, we are in no different a place than we were in September. Schools are open in some places and not in others, and the correlations are odd.
In a big setback for the city’s recovery, the schools chancellor, Richard Carranza, said the nation’s largest district would return to all-remote learning. New York City’s entire public school system will shutter on Thursday, the schools chancellor Richard A.
State Economy Has Undergone Rapid but Uneven Recovery. Although the state economy abruptly ground to a halt in the spring with the emergence of coronavirus disease 2019, it has experienced a quicker rebound than expected.
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Creators of the Portland-area approach tried to avoid the pitfalls of similar policies elsewhere, and are giving teachers large raises. On Election Day, Multnomah County, which includes Portland, Ore., passed one of the most progressive universal preschool policies in the nation.
Oregon led with transparency in reporting workplace outbreaks. California shields businesses so as not to shame them. The distinction has workers and public health experts worried.
The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the inextricable link between child care and the economy — and it's pushing businesses to confront the cost of working parents' unpaid side gig.
A new report from The Century Foundation and Center for American Progress estimates women could lose $64.5 billion a year in earnings if current trends in workforce participation hold. The economic devastation of the pandemic has hit women particularly hard.
Rachael Shannon gets nostalgic when she thinks of the life she lived in Germany until just a couple of years ago.
We have to recognize that education-related inequities begin before children enter the classroom. Kara Dukakis is a senior program officer at Tipping Point Community, which fights poverty by funding nonprofits in the Bay Area, email@example.com.
Businesses have finally realized that the child care crisis damages the economy, and that it’s in their best, most selfish interests to help solve it. Back in 2009, when New York City imposed a tax on big businesses to help pay for the subway system, most got on board.
For the past six years, Brittany Schultz has been a kindergarten teacher in the Denver public school system. On May 28, she left, and on June 15, she opened Ms. Brittany’s Village day care in her home in Commerce City, Colo., with her three children and one from another family.
The landscape of childcare in the US has changed markedly over the past few decades. As recently as 1975, more than half of US children had a stay-at-home parent (commonly the mother).
The U.S. government's Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that childcare workers in the nation have a median salary of just over $24,000 a year—below the poverty line for a family of four.
Beth Kalb was worried about the pews. This summer, the century-old Catholic church she attends in a small town outside Minneapolis had, like many places, reopened its doors with new rituals of disinfection. Kalb had quickly noticed the side effects.
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The child care system in the U.S. was already at a tipping point prior to the coronavirus pandemic – too few options, astronomical costs and workers earning some of the lowest wages in the country.
As a neonatal intensivist, helping families and newborns in distress is part of my job. In the intensive care unit, the distress is obvious. Covid-19 is shining a light on distress in children and families that has been largely hidden.
Every day after the sun rises in Limestone, Tenn., a 27-year-old Mexican farmworker walks into the barn where she washes and packs yellow squash and zucchini, her three young children carrying their backpacks next to her as she leads them straight to the break room.
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Many California parents are opting out of kindergarten this year, due to concerns about whether distance learning or attending school for the first time with strangers in masks will be good for children.
As many schools opt for a hybrid or online-only fall semester, some parents are teaming up and hiring teachers to educate their children in small groups — so-called pandemic pods.
Ever since Bay Area school districts announced they would begin the fall 2020 school year with distance learning due to the still-increasing rate of COVID-19 infection across the region, parents have been scrambling to figure out how to manage their children’s schooling.
Child care facilities were deemed essential in the early days of the pandemic. Yet many of them closed as parents pulled children out when stay-at-home orders came. Over the summer, many early care programs began reopening with strict COVID-19 safety protocols.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday signed into law a measure to protect millions of children from the developmental and health impacts of toxic lead exposure. Assembly Bill 2276 ensures that the state screen and test the children most at risk of lead poisoning.
On the October 1 edition of the Reporter Roundup, KPCC reporters and a KCET producer discuss the permanent shutdown of child care providers, a call for a movie theater bailout and a powerful artist movement born on Southern California beaches.
Child Care providers are calling for urgent action from Gov. Gavin Newsom. Amy Johnson reports.
With the close of an abbreviated and narrowly focused legislative session amid the pandemic, some of the least fortunate and vulnerable Californians – those involved in child welfare cases – will receive only modest help in the coming year in the form of new legislation.
SACRAMENTO — California child care providers stand to lose millions of dollars after Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers put their faith in a federal stimulus package that has yet to materialize.
After 24 years as a K-College teacher and administrator, I ventured into the new space of preschool ownership in 2018. I eased into the new role by first surveying the logistics and culture of the school.
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Only California, New Jersey and the District of Columbia have implemented all of the state policies that research shows contribute to young children’s health and well-being during their first three years, according to a comprehensive new “roadmap” released earlier this month.
Regardless of party, voters overwhelmingly say high-quality, affordable child care for families with young children is an essential service—just like healthcare and education.
Long before COVID-19, the U.S. child care system was in trouble. Last year, Child Care Aware® of America explored that broken system in our report, The U.S. and the High Price of Child Care. We found it was: The child care industry has now shattered completely.
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Throughout the coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve heard countless stories from parents and teachers alike about the impossible task of scaling a nationwide distance learning program.
Researchers recently investigated three outbreaks of COVID-19 at child care centers in Salt Lake City. Their findings are helping to fill a knowledge gap on how younger children might spread the virus.
When it comes to politics, Americans have become pretty pessimistic. People don’t trust the political parties. Voter turnout is mediocre. Cynicism and polarization are rampant. But this pessimism belies a truth: Individual Americans have more political power than they realize.
Preschools and child care centers around the state will soon be required to have all children 3 years and older weak masks. The new regulations require child care programs and camps to create a written policy for mask-wearing.
“So you can’t play with us anymore,” she said. She’s not a 4-year-old schoolyard bully, but a 34-year-old women’s studies professor and my new mom friend who lives down the street.
If the highway that connected the residential communities and business district of your town collapsed, the effects on the local economy would be immediate and obvious.
As school begins in earnest, districts are struggling to get their arms around an elusive but potentially costly challenge: risk management in the age of coronavirus.
From essential worker stipends to paying daycare tuition, states are trying different approaches to help families with young children weather the pandemic. long ReadThis story is part of Fast Company‘s Reinventing Education package.
Jason Gindele runs Mainspring Schools in Austin, Texas. It’s a nonprofit child care center for children up to age 5, mostly from low-income families, and it has been closed since March. He’s aware of how crucial his center is to those families.
In California, a plan to expand state-funded pre-K to 10,000 children has been canceled due to a state budget crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In Wyoming, a public preschool program for children with disabilities and developmental delays will lose $8.8 million in funding.
As the nation continues to grapple with the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic, child care is among the hardest-hit and least supported industries.
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced a paired-down economic relief package, which includes $15 billion in emergency funding for the child care industry.
Jenna Antico, a 31-year-old childcare operator in Sarasota, Fla., thought 2020 would be a pivotal year for her business. The daycare facility she started building in 2015 was turning a steady profit, so she leased a second building in October 2019, then purchased a third in late February 2020.
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Some California students may find themselves in child care this fall in the very same classrooms they are barred from entering for in-person instruction.
SACRAMENTO — It was a revolution with a baby and a blanket.
In the five months since most Californians were ordered to shelter in place, parents and caretakers of preschool students have largely been left to fill the learning gap that began to widen when schools closed in the spring.
Angelique Speight-Marshall has come up with an ingenious idea to help the toddlers she looks after practice social distancing: She gave each of them a walkie-talkie. The kids squeal with delight as they run as far away from each other as possible, to talk.
The work of early childhood educators improves the social, behavioral, and academic development of young children, providing a foundation for success in school and in life. Yet, the early childhood workforce, predominantly made up of women of color, continues to be undervalued and underpaid.
It sounds so simple: all we need to do is show people the science and evidence-based research for how to stay safe, stay healthy, save the environment, and more, and they’ll change their behaviors.
Kirsten Hove and her mom have been taking care of kids in San Francisco for decades. Hove’s mother opened a day care program in her home in the city’s Marina neighborhood more than 30 years ago. In 2006, Hove and a family friend expanded the business by opening sites in their apartments nearby.
For many U.S. families, child care is simply too expensive. Parents regularly pay over $11,000 a year to send their infant to a child-care center, about $10,000 for toddlers and over $9,000 for 4-year-olds, according to Child Care Aware of America's 2019 report.
Falling enrollment, anxiety about health risks, and confusing guidelines from public health officials have all contributed to a crisis in California’s child care facilities.
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating economic and human impact on California child care centers, forcing hundreds of them to close while others remain open at the risk of illness to both children and staff, according to a new report from the University of California, Berkeley.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Playing, learning, and socializing. Three things children can't easily get from a computer screen. Distance learning was supposed to be a temporary solution for education when coronavirus concerns first prompted school closures in the spring.
Khulood Jamil reads to children at her family child care center in Concord. For the first time ever, family child care providers in California who care for children receiving subsidized care will have a union to represent them and negotiate with the state for higher pay and training.
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Some California school districts that have closed classrooms in favor of online instruction for the new academic year are putting those buildings to another use: child care.
Anna Almendrala Sabrina Lira Garcia is proud to work as a clinical assistant in the COVID-19 ward of a Los Angeles hospital, but sometimes she wishes she could just stay home with her infant son until the pandemic is over.
As Covid-19 runs rampant across California, sickening hundreds of thousands of people, Rosa Carreño’s day care in San Jose has remained open through it all.
The economic toll of the collapse of the child system will be felt for 20-30 years, says Betsey Stevenson. Zack Stanton is digital editor of Politico Magazine.
California’s child care facilities, including our after-school programs, have been struggling to provide care and services for our young people for many years. For millions of Californians, returning to work will require they have safe places to send their children when they are not in school.
Referring to announcements by Los Angeles Unified and San Diego Unified that they will reopen schools remotely, Gov.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted an unprecedented crisis in California child care.
Among the reopening anxieties keeping school superintendents up at night is the fear of being sued if a student or teacher comes down with the coronavirus.
California’s efforts to reopen our economy during the pandemic created tremendous public health risks, many of which are borne by child care providers.
The decision to only reopen New York City’s public schools part time in September illustrates the looming threat to businesses.
With the coronavirus pandemic shaking up an already-struggling early childhood education and care industry that lacks the infrastructure of the K-12 system, Massachusetts professionals, advocates and lawmakers on Tuesday called for an infusion of public funding and a reimagining of how the state and
It’s with great sadness that we share that Sherri Springer, CQEL Co-Founder and Board President, has passed away. Sherri was a dear friend, colleague, and courageous advocate for young children. Her work in childcare and with CQEL has made a profound and lasting impact on the field of ECE.
Here in New York, there are three days left in the school year.
Governor Newsom has announced a COVID-19 Testing Task Force, a public-private collaboration working group with stakeholders across the state to quickly and significantly boost California’s testing capacity.
When Arizona schools shut down in mid-March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Tatiana Laimit, a nurse in Phoenix, knew she needed a backup plan. Laimit is a single mother of a 6-year-old girl, and had recently relocated to the area.
Although it's still unclear whether schools will reopen in the fall, camps and day cares in many states are operating once again.
After WIRED offered us all a peek into Apple’s new headquarters, one notable fact emerged: there’s no daycare center. Whooooopsie. Except this was no mistake.
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When Cathy Belair was searching for child care a couple of years ago for her two young granddaughters in Fletcher, N.C., the middle school math teacher said she found only two “quality” options that had space for the girls and also opened early enough for her to drop them off before work.
When children enter Helana Pennywell’s daycare, she scans each small forehead with a thermometer. If they’re free of fever, they’re welcomed inside, where she sanitizes their belongings and makes sure they wash their faces and hands.
Facing an estimated $54.3 billion budget deficit because of the coronavirus, California lawmakers on Monday approved a state spending plan that rejects most of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed cuts to public education and health care with the hope that Congress will send the state more money by Oct.
California’s vaccination rates for children took a nosedive just a few weeks after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide stay-at-home order in March to slow the spread of Covid-19, causing concerns among health professionals about the potential for outbreaks of other diseases during the pandemic.
Sixty-three years after the Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, many schools across the country either remain segregated or have re-segregated. Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that when it comes to school segregation, separate is never truly equal.
Like many people who live in urban areas, I have a small front yard. But it’s painstakingly cultivated. Here is the gate that my husband welded himself, there the strawberry beds. As the weather has warmed up, my preschoolers have spent more time outside on our stoop.
The coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented public health and economic crisis. Policy solutions in response to the pandemic’s devastating impacts on health and economic security must account for the unique needs of women and families, especially women of color.
As lockdowns and quarantines stretch on, reports of child care facility closures have been coming in from coast to coast.
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Covid-19 restrictions on the cash-strapped child-care industry are lifting, but many parents are reluctant to send children back
LANSING, Mich. — It's the issue on parent's minds as they begin to return to work. Who will safely be able to take care of the kids. Thousands of child care centers are at risk of going broke.
As programs begin to reopen and other programs transition from emergency child care for essential workers to enhanced regular operations, all providers must apply new and updated policies and requirements and must update their emergency preparedness plan.
After weeks at home, Ana Arroyo, 28, is ready get out of the house and back to work. Her employer, Merced County Community Action Agency, has reopened and her job is just waiting for her. But she can't return — because there's no one to watch her six-year-old son, Javier.
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Schools are facing a complicated array of health considerations as they decide whether and how to reopen this fall.
The report on “saving Minnesota’s child care sector” during the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the middle of an already exhausting week, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the eruption of anger, grief and violence that followed.
On the same day California topped 125,000 coronavirus cases, state officials released guidelines allowing individual counties to begin reopening gyms, bars, campgrounds, professional sports and a wide-range of businesses as early as next Friday.
California campgrounds, hotels, gyms, bars and museums may reopen as soon as June 12 if their home counties can prove to the state that public health safety criteria have been met, according to new guidance issued by state health officials Friday.
But now, several hundred cases of the new inflammatory syndrome have been reported in the U.S. It is marked by inflammation throughout the body, affecting blood vessels and organs such as the heart or kidneys, and could lead to coronary aneurysm and toxic shock.
The coronavirus pandemic has lain bare some of the worst inequities in the US, not least the shortcomings in the US childcare system.
In an unusual move to reach a consensus early, California Assembly and Senate leaders announced Wednesday they have agreed on a state budget that would rescind all cuts to K-12 and higher education that Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed.
Child care provider Pat Alexander has hung onto her in-home child care center during the COVID-19 pandemic, but just barely. Alexander was caring for 13 kids in her Elk Grove home in Sacramento County, but now she's down to three. So far, she's survived the hit to her income.
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Reopening requires cash, safety renovations and parental confidence — all of which are in short supply. Venice Ray was eager to return to work when Texas announced last week that child care centers, like the one she was laid off from in March, could immediately reopen.
Staff and teachers at Bright Horizons' facilities are required to wear masks, Kramer said. He said the company is encouraging parents to have conversations with their children in advance, so they are comfortable with it. The advice is to tell kids that "heroes wear masks," Kramer said.
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plans to expand free preschool and increase support for child care may be axed in the new coronavirus economy. Even the littlest Californians have not been spared in the governor’s big proposal to cut a budget decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov.
Bronx daycare owner Angela Salas suspects it’s no coincidence that ever since New York City’s free preschool program for three-year-olds arrived in her borough, her popular home-based child-care program has struggled.
Democrats propose $50 billion for a business that is in danger of widespread failure — and that many parents need before they can return to work. It has become agonizingly clear to parents of young children that the economy cannot fully reopen without child care.
Gov. Gavin Newsom must decide this month whether California families win big, or still wait, on his signature promise: making child care affordable for all.