The High Quality Early Learning Project created a new video set –Going to School During the COVID-19 Pandemic to honor all of the educators who have persevered in serving children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. It features the educators and children of the Child Care Center at Lehman College at The City University of New York, who have been going to school in-person throughout the pandemic. One video features an interview with the center’s director, explaining the policies and practices the center developed to keep children and families and educators safe. Another video shows what life looks like for the children and teachers inside a 3’s classroom.
The Institute’s Executive Director and City University of New York’s Dean of Early Childhood Initiatives, Sherry Cleary, is also featured in a video testimonial which makes the case for why system-wide supports are needed to ensure that high quality early childhood education endures and thrives. Soon the High Quality Learning Project will add more videos to this set that demonstrates how quality relationships can be nurtured and supported, despite the constraints of wearing masks and social distancing.
In addition Beverly Falk, Professor and Director of the Graduate Programs in Early Childhood Education at the City College of New York, recently wrote an article for Community Playthings about attending to educators’ COVID experiences. She shares how she connects with her students virtually to bring her class together as a community.