COVID-19 and P-3

Schools, communities, and educators across the country are leaping into uncharted territory to support young students and families during the pandemic. We are curating information specific to early learning and the early grades.

Fundamentals:Child Development and Equity

Under all circumstances, two fundamentals should guide work across the P-3 continuum: child development and equity.

Lean on Child Development

Children ages 0-8 are in a unique developmental stage, and the kinds of opportunities and environments that support their learning will not change during a pandemic. As schools, early care and education programs, and families support children’s learning at home, it is essential to focus on key principles from child development that apply to children in early learning and the early grades:

  • Fostering Relationships and Social-Emotional Development
  • Emphasizing Active, Experiential Learning

Keep Equity Front-and-Center

As teaching and learning move to children’s homes, attention to the widely variable contexts in which children live is even more important. These are extraordinarily stressful times for all families. We cannot expect miraculous answers to appear now; yet we can stay ever attentive and responsive to the diversity of family contexts by:

  • Recognizing Families’ Variable Access to E-Learning Options
  • Providing Supports to Families Experiencing Stress
  • Considering the Unique Needs of English Language Learners 
  • Considering the Unique Needs of Students with IEPs
  • Supporting Teachers with Different Comfort/Ability to Work in Digital World

At-Home Teaching and Learningin PreK-3rd Grade

Based on the above principles, we developed a short guidance document, primarily for school districts and elementary schools. We believe that children from birth to age 5 in community-based early care and education programs  also need special supports during these extraordinary times. Other national organizations are actively creating guidance for 0-5; we provide links to some of these compilations at the end of the document.

We were invited by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) to present on our At-Home Teaching and Learning Resource. The webinar was held on April 21, 2020 and was delivered to an audience of 150 NAESP members. Click below for the recording.

Examples ofSupports

We are not compiling or curating a list of the countless websites, educational apps, activities, livestreams, and other virtual resources that are flooding inboxes and social media sites. We believe that we all learn best by example. There are countless innovations happening every day in schools and communities across the country. Here we highlight exemplary P-3 efforts and resources to inspire and inform your own.

Boston Public Schools 

Denver Public Schools 

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