COVID-19 Pandemic Takes Social and Emotional Toll on Washington’s Youngest Learners

The Seattle Times | Hannah Furfaro

“The social-emotional learning, the meaning making, the love of learning. Those are the unmeasurable things that I’m hearing a lot more concerns about… Some kids, not being able to name their best friends. Or not really knowing the kids in their class.”

Interactions with other children and adults is essential to a young child’s healthy development. During a year of social distancing and increased isolation, families, educators, and health professionals are especially worried that the youngest children are falling behind in social-emotional skills. The Seattle Times revisited families it has spoken to about education and mental health concerns to better understand how children are being affected by reduced social interactions.

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