The Pandemic’s Impact on Families, Children and Early Educators
On May 28th, ECFC explored the impact of the pandemic on families with young children and how organizations are working with families and parents to ensure culturally relevant responses to families. (ECFC Members Login to view recording)
- Phil Fisher, Director of the Center for Translational NeuroScience,
University of Oregon, Rapid EC Project, a weekly survey of a nationally
representative samples of families with at least one child age of five.
- Power-PAC Illinois parent team member, Shontiesha Floyd, and Parent Chair of the Early Learning Strategy Team, Yolanda Williams, shared how the pandemic is impacting their own families and the parents they work with.
- Linda Melton Mann, President of the Mid Hudson (NY) Affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute shared how the pandemic is impacting Black families and how NBCDI affiliates are working in communities to support families.
Speaker examples of culturally relevant responses to families:
- Yolanda Williams PPT on Power-PAC IL’s early learning COVID-19 work: early intervention, parents at the table, and parent to parent outreach.
- ‘Fighting for Our Families’ platform calls for parents to have a meaningful seat at the table in developing short-term relief measures and long-term solutions so that all families can succeed. [English] [Spanish]
- COVID-19 Community Resource Guide (Chicago Area) [English] [Spanish]
- Learn more about how BCDI-Mid-Hudson works with churches, schools and other community organizations to improve the quality of life for Black children and families.
- Learn more about the National Black Child Development Institute’s (NBCDI)
early care and education focus, and connect with NBCDI affiliates in over 20 communities across the country to learn more about their work with families.
Families with Young Children
- Rapid EC Project – University of Oregon’s weekly survey of families with at least one child age five is finding increasing difficult circumstances for households with young children. Weekly Blogs highlight survey findings and trends, such as: Why Households with Young Children Warrant Our Attention During (and After) the COVID-19 Pandemic; and The Basic Truth About Basic Needs.
- How the Pandemic Looks to a 3yr old, Boston Globe article, June 1, 2020 – parents and researchers share reflections on Strategies for Children’s survey of Massachussetts parents with young children under the age of 5.
- Family and Provider Polls and Surveys – The Alliance for Early Success compiled state and national surveys results to provide a snapshot of the impact of the coronavirus on family and provider needs and attitudes. Survey instruments from state advocacy organizations are also included to provide samples for states interested in surveying parents.
- California Parent Poll: COVID-19 and Early Childhood, The Education Trust – West
- Parent Polls and Surveys – Alliance for Early Success, Federal Actions Tab
Low-Income Workers with Children
- Researchers at Barnard College and Duke University had a real-time survey of low-income service workers with children in the field as the coronavirus hit. The results show terrible impacts on wages and emotional distress.