A recent blog post from the REL Northeast & Islands shares strategies that members of the Early Childhood Education Research Alliance developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis. One of the members is the Institute’s Executive Director, Sherry Cleary. Sherry discusses some of the Institute’s efforts to support the early childhood workforce during the pandemic. These efforts include the Teaching, Caring, and Learning section of our blog that was created for the workforce to offer resources, teacher self-care tips, remote learning strategies, and more. The Career Development Center created the ECE Employment Network to match job seekers with employers. The Institute also conducted a survey, sent to 20,000 ECE providers, to learn about their concerns. The results of the survey are being analyzed and will help inform reopening plans.
The blog post also includes information about the strategies developed in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Maine, and Vermont to support the ECE workforce, families, and children birth to age 5 during this crisis.