Preschool During the Pandemic: Early Childhood Education in Extraordinary TimesUpdated January 20, 2021, 9:49 AM
This series shares the experiences of practitioners and families from across the country, illustrating how the fields of early education and early childhood special education are successfully supporting preschoolers and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Series producer Larry Edelman describes the Preschool During the Pandemic project and provides coming attractions of upcoming episodes. (5 min.)
Early childhood special educator Rebecca Vitelli illustrates three elements for her virtual classroom: relationships and connections; hands-on, playful activities; and being safe, kind, and helpful. (15 min.)
Early childhood special educators Brittany Behenna Griffith and Tara Hughes share strategies they use to include all children in their virtual classrooms. (11 min.)
Katrina Daniels, a school principal, describes the expansive way that her school assures equity and family support during the pandemic. (6 min.)
Alia's mother Phally beautifully describes the challenges and joys of supporting her daughter with an IEP to participate fully in remote and in-class preschool. (12 min.)
Pre-K teacher Michelle Rodriguez shows how she keeps her remote classroom hands-on and play-based and two parents share their children's experiences. (16 min.)
Early childhood special educator Shawna Cook shows how she created a virtual classroom to engage her preschoolers and their families. (12 min.)
Mother and grandfather to Noah, Sarah and Randy describe their family's approach to supporting Noah in attending virtual preschool. (13 min.)
Preschool teacher Kelsey Jones takes us on a tour of her classroom and shares stories about how she balances keeping her children safe with enabling them to learn and play together. (12 min.)
Preschool Teacher Candace Land and Paula, a parent, describe Candace's class during remote learning and in-person settings, focusing on relationships and positive social emotional development. (14 min.)
Speech-language pathologist Rabia Foreman describes how she uses green screens to help engage three-year-olds in remote learning. (10 min.)