Hope, and New Life, in a Brooklyn Maternity Ward Fighting COVID-19

The New York Times | Sheri Fink “She tried for so many years, and now she’s finally pregnant and happy and things are going well, and it just happens that this pregnancy takes place with this epidemic,” Dr. Byer lamented. “Those are the things you have no control over.” Despite strained hospital resources, mothers with…

Online Learning Only Works if Students Have Home Internet Access. Some Don’t.

New America | Sabia Prescott “Many of the 12 million U.S. children who do not have broadband at home are in low-income, rural, or tribal areas, and, increasingly, the schools they attend are forced to close entirely because they cannot provide access.” Shut down indefinitely for coronavirus, districts are attempting to salvage the school year by…

Parents Have a Right to be Stressed. But Don’t Take It Out on Your Kids

CNN Health | Melissa Merrick, Ph.D., & Robert Sege, M.D., Ph.D. “…we owe it to our children to focus on positive experiences during these difficult times, while minimizing adverse experiences that can wound children for a lifetime.” April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and this article from CNN Health provides some advice for strengthening families…

Lessons from China to Keep and Teach Our Children Well, Especially the Youngest

NIEER: Preschool Matters Today | W. Steven Barnett & Zijia Li “In the US, parents, early childhood teachers, and administrators have largely been left to figure out for themselves how to continue early education. That is inefficient, ineffective, and inequitable.” China took drastic actions to slow the spread of coronavirus earlier this year, closing all…

What School Closures Mean for Students with Disabilities

New America | Elise Franchino “We will learn a lot from this experiment in the remote delivery of special education, although not immediately and unfortunately not before many students with disabilities go without services and fall even further behind their peers.” Remote learning creates new challenges for educators at all levels, but the greatest difficulty…