Child Care in Crisis: How the Pandemic Is Changing the Lives of Early Childhood Education Professionals

From December 2020 to May 2021, we followed a cohort of early childhood educators from across the country. The cohort is composed of women who work in a variety of roles and settings. Through monthly interviews and surveys, we learned in deeply personal terms what it looks like to teach young learners, engage with families, run businesses and manage personal and professional stress during the pandemic.

Research on Our Radar

Over the course of this project, we've been collecting research and reports on the experience of early childhood educators during the pandemic. Below are a few of our favorite resources.

View other resources here.

This EdSurge Research series is made publicly available with support from Imaginable Futures, a venture of The Omidyar Group. All stories are editorially independent. (Read our ethics statement here.) This work is licensed under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

Special thanks to Apple Tree Institute (D.C.), Beary Cherry Tree (La.), Chris Nelson’s home-based child care program (Vt.), Happy Day Preschool (Idaho), Lil’ Bits Family Child Care Home (Pa.), Noah’s Art Preschool Academy (Ga.) and The Learning Path Preschool (N.J.), for contributing children’s original artwork for the above compilation.

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