In a school year disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, early childhood was particularly impacted. Forced to close their doors, preschool centers struggled to adapt and survive. And state budget cuts due to the recession exacerbated by the pandemic may also impact these programs for years to come.
Now, as many children prepare to start school for the first time, they'll be doing so without the physical school.
Online models are particularly difficult for the youngest students, who aren't typically inclined to sit still and focus for long periods of time. But reopening for face-to-face learning is also complicated, given that the youngest students aren't as likely to keep their hands to themselves or leave masks on.
To help you get up to speed on the issues, we've gathered our recent coverage on coronavirus' impact on early childhood ed in one place.