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Ohio’s Early Child Care Providers ‘Left Out’ Of Vaccine Rollout

Jenny Hamel, ideastream |

Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday his team will continue to evaluate the state’s COVID-19 vaccine priorities after early child care workers submitted a petition with 11,000 signatures asking to be included in the upcoming vaccination tier for teachers.

Early child care providers were not included in Phase 1B of Ohio’s vaccination distribution plan with their K-12 peers, leaving the state’s childcare industry feeling “confused” and “left out,” said Jessica Robins, director of early childhood services at the Mandel JCC in Beachwood.

5 strategies to reform early ed professional development

National Head Start Association |

As national calls for equity and the end of systemic racism influence efforts to retool professional development, career growth and compensation in early childhood education, a new paper from National Head Start Association, The HeadStarter Network and Bellwether Education Partners offers specific strategies providers could consider when building an effective early childhood educator workforce.

Head Start is model for safe early ed programming amid COVID-19

Kara Arundel, K-12 Dive |

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention praised Head Start programs across the country for using mitigation strategies and other efforts to safely open programs for in-person services for infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children. 

The CDC highlighted Head Start centers’ efforts to keep children safe through symptom checks for staff and children, robust cleaning and disinfecting protocols, the availability of personal protective equipment and through various communication approaches in their communities. 

It’s not just ABCs – preschool parents worry their kids are missing out on critical social skills during the pandemic

Michele L. Stites and Susan Sonnenschein, The Conversation |

As COVID-19 cases once again spike across the country, parents in school districts like New York City and Detroit face another weeks long stretch of remote learning. This often includes preschool parents, whose children range in age from 3 to 6 and are often too young to manage virtual learning on their own. 

California unveils a blueprint for the future of early education. Critics say it’s built on shaky ground.

LA Times |

After months of delays and pandemic upheaval, California officials on Tuesday released the long-awaited Master Plan for Early Learning and Care, a 113-page blueprint to remodel the state’s Byzantine child-care system and dramatically expand public preschool.

Where are the kindergartners? COVID causing enrollment drop in Columbus-area schools

The Columbus Dispatch |

Nearly every local school district has experienced a drop in kindergarten enrollment, despite typically booming enrollment districtwide, according to data districts provided in late September. Of 19 area districts, just two saw an increase in kindergartners.

Gahanna-Jefferson experienced a dip of 4% in its kindergarten class size.

Jeff Bezos to open first nonprofit preschool in Washington as part of $2 billion Day One Fund

CNBC |

Jeff Bezos is launching the first location of his network of free “Montessori-inspired” preschools, the Amazon CEO announced in an Instagram post on Tuesday. The first school will be in Des Moines, Washington, and will open on Oct. 19. The schools are being launched by nonprofit organization Bezos Academy, which is overseen by Bezos’ philanthropic endeavor the Day One Fund.

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