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Inside a Preschool That Treats the Youngest Victims of the Opioid Crisis

Emily Tate
EdSurge

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About the Entry

Tate reports on a heartbreaking and under-reported side effect to the opioid crisis: children of opioid users, who are often exposed to trauma from a young age. In Ohio, the state with the second-highest opioid death rate, Tate tells the story of a preschool that provides holistic support for the youngest victims of the opioid epidemic.

Comments from the Judges

“This is an education reporter at the top of her game.”

“The organization and writing was strong and enhanced by wonderful photos and pull-outs on assessment techniques. I found it to be compelling to read and was glad to see that it had a real impact on the community.”

Finalists

A Border School for Asylum Seekers Goes Virtual​
Jo Napolitano
The 74

Comment from the judges: “Well-written and compelling from start to finish, especially because of access reporter gained to parents and children in the encampment. Issue of great importance that I haven’t seen covered this way before.”

The Long Digital Divide: How Four Presidential Administrations Failed to Fix Internet Inequality Prior to the Pandemic
Kevin Mahnken
The 74

Comment from the judges: “An excellent example of a reporter digging deeper into a pressing issue and putting the present moment in its proper context.”

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