New Surveys of Parents and Early Care and Education Providers Show Impact of COVID-19 on Children, Families and Providers in Massachusetts

The Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Education released findings from the Early Learning Study at Harvard’s COVID-19 early education and care (EEC) provider and parent surveys. The survey effort was designed and conducted in collaboration with Abt Associates to describe the impacts of the pandemic on children, families, and EEC providers in Massachusetts, which experienced one of the earliest and most widespread outbreaks of COVID-19 in the United States. A sizable proportion of parents and guardians with family incomes less than $30,000 agreed that their family needed support finding or paying for food (31%), finding or paying for housing (26%), or finding or paying for childcare (17%). “These surveys highlight the turmoil experienced by families of young children across the state, as well as the dedication of EEC providers as they help to support young children, even from afar.” #covid-19 #education

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