The nation’s largest school district, New York City, said last week that students will be physically in classrooms only part time at the most in the fall. The nation’s second-largest, Los Angeles, announced Monday that it will be remote only. Meanwhile, day care centers around the country are closing their doors, unable to balance the higher operating costs and reduced enrollment that came with the coronavirus pandemic. Experts have been warning for months that this pandemic would cause an unprecedented child care crisis in the United States, a country whose system for caring for children was already severely lacking before the public health emergency began. But policymakers devoted little attention to the problem, and for months this spring, parents were left to figure out, largely on their own, how to do their jobs with schools and day cares closed.
Many thanks to those who joined us on July 7th for our virtual discussion: “The Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) Assessment Post-COVID-19: Local Perspectives in Illinois” in partnership with The Ounce of Prevention Fund. The recording of the webinar is now available.