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Overview

Zero to Three: A Crash Course
Covering Child Care and Early Learning in the Pandemic

The pandemic's massive disruption to K-12 and higher education is front and center for education journalists, but an equally important story for children, families, the education sector, and the workforce at large is the crisis in child care and early learning. 

The coronavirus has shut down or destabilized child care providers from coast to coast, some of which may never recover. It also has exacerbated the already deep-seated inequities in access, availability, cost and quality of child care and early learning in the nation.

On January 28, 2021, the Education Writers Association will hold an afternoon-long crash course on child care and early learning amid COVID-19. Experts, policymakers, researchers, and advocates will join EWA for this virtual event to take stock of the crisis from all angles—and discuss what's to come as President-elect Joe Biden takes office. The event will place special focus on issues impacting children from birth to age three, and will consider these issues as they relate to the political, economic, and social contexts of P-16 education. 

Journalists will have the opportunity to connect with sources in interactive sessions as they learn about key policies impacting families with young children. Reporters will also be able to meet informally with their colleagues to exchange story ideas, reporting tips, data know-how, and pandemic parenting woes.

This program is free and open to any EWA journalist member, supporting community member, or student member. If you're interested in this event but not an EWA member, you still have time to join. Membership for journalists and students is free.

This event is now closed for registration.

The pandemic’s massive disruption to K-12 and higher education is front and center for education journalists, but an equally important story for children, families, the education sector, and the workforce at large is the crisis in child care and early learning. 

The coronavirus has shut down or destabilized child care providers from coast to coast, some of which may never recover. It also has exacerbated the already deep-seated inequities in access, availability, cost and quality of child care and early learning in the nation.

On January 28, 2021, the Education Writers Association will hold an afternoon-long crash course on child care and early learning amid COVID-19. Experts, policymakers, researchers, and advocates will join EWA for this virtual event to take stock of the crisis from all angles—and discuss what’s to come as President-elect Joe Biden takes office. The event will place special focus on issues impacting children from birth to age three, and will consider these issues as they relate to the political, economic, and social contexts of P-16 education. 

Journalists will have the opportunity to connect with sources in interactive sessions as they learn about key policies impacting families with young children. Reporters will also be able to meet informally with their colleagues to exchange story ideas, reporting tips, data know-how, and pandemic parenting woes.

This program is free and open to any EWA journalist member, supporting community member, or student member. If you’re interested in this event but not an EWA member, you still have time to join. Membership for journalists and students is free.

This event is now closed for registration.

Blog: The Educated Reporter

Covering the Pandemic Child Care Crisis
Experts discuss how existing inequities have been exacerbated in the strained sector

America’s system of child care was already seriously strained by surging expenses, high staff turnover and dwindling capacity before the pandemic upended everything.

“COVID really just highlighted the pre-existing situations and challenges of the early childhood system across the nation,” said Dionne Dobbins, the senior director of research at Child Care Aware of America, a research and advocacy group. “When COVID hit, it was layering it on top of a very fragile child care system — and, you know, some would say it even shattered.”

Latest News

The Faces Of Child Care: Meet Parent Rebecca Rogers Of Yakima

Meet Rebecca Rogers, a 27-year-old from Yakima. She’s a single mom of two young boys, ages 4 and 8 months. Her family of three qualifies for the Working Connections Child Care program, a state system that helps low-income families pay for child care so they can continue working or pursuing work.

The state pays a subsidy of the cost of care to providers, and parents make a co-payment based on their income. It covers child care for anything job-related — from applications to working hours. It’s a life-saver, Rogers said.

Blog: The Educated Reporter

What’s on the Horizon for Early Childhood Education in 2021?
Local and national preschool efforts provide clues

Eight months into the pandemic, voters in Multnomah County, Oregon, approved a new tax on high earners to fund a program called Preschool For All. 

The action represents a major early childhood investment during a recession that threatens to drive many child care providers out of business. It also puts forth a compelling model for solving some of the problems that publicly funded preschool and child care programs in other states and cities haven’t fully addressed. 

What’s on the Horizon for Early Childhood Education in 2021?

Webinar

Child Care Policy and COVID-19: A Roadmap for Education Journalists

Child Care Policy and COVID-19: A Roadmap for Education Journalists

Many education journalists covering the pandemic’s impacts on children and families are diving into the early learning and child care beat for the first time, given the massive disruption to this sector in communities nationwide. EWA is here to help!

Effectively covering the early learning and care sector requires understanding the complex world of child care policy and funding, including a dizzying array of federal and state programs, as well as costs, subsidies, reimbursements, eligibility, and tax credits.

Seminar

73rd EWA National Seminar

EWA’s National Seminar is the largest annual gathering of journalists on the education beat. 

This multi-day conference is designed to give participants the skills, understanding, and inspiration to improve their coverage of education at all levels. It also will deliver a lengthy list of story ideas. We will offer numerous sessions on important education issues, as well as on journalism skills.