Early Childhood Live Online Discussion

The Impact of the Coronavirus on Early-Childhood Learning

This event occurred on February 24, 2021 3:01 PM EST, but is available to view on-demand.
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Early-childhood learning plays an important role in a child’s development, but what once focused mostly on play and relationship building has evolved into a more academic-focused experience. What have we learned from this development? And what has the pandemic meant for early-childhood learning more generally?

Join Education Week Opinion contributor and blogger Peter DeWitt as he sits down with Rae Pica, an author and educator, and Steven Barnett, a professor and the co-founder of the National Institute for Early Education Research, for a lively discussion about what new developments in early-childhood education mean for school and district leaders.

Rae Pica
Early-Childhood Author and Educator
Pica is a writer, speaker, and educator on the subject of early-childhood. Her work is focused on the development and education of the whole child. She is the author of 21 books, including What If Everybody Understood Child Development? (2015) and What If We Taught the Way Children Learn? (2020). Pica has worked with a number of organizations and federal and state agencies, including Sesame Street Research Department, Head Start, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, state health departments, and school districts across North America.
Steven Barnett
Board of Governors Professor of Education, Founding Co-Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research Rutgers University
Barnett is a Board of Governors Professor of Education and a founding co-director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University. His research has covered many aspects of early-childhood education policy for children from birth to age 5. He has led multiple large-scale evaluations of public early-childhood education initiatives and their long-term effects. Barnett also developed the State of Preschool survey that has provided detailed data on every state’s preschool policies since 2002. Most recently, he conducted national surveys of parents on the pandemic’s impacts on the learning and development of young children.
Peter DeWitt is a former K-5 public school principal turned author, presenter, and leadership coach.
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