Education Now Our Earliest Learners — and Their Caregivers A look at where things stand for our young learners, their families, and the early educators who are trying to serve their needs. Posted November 18, 2021 By News editor Counseling and Mental Health Early Education Social Emotional Learning The early education landscape continues to shift under the weight of pandemic impacts. Join us as we take a look at where things stand for our young learners, their families, and the early educators who are trying to serve their needs.We’ll highlight the current challenges in early learning that need critical attention. We'll explore how our caregivers are managing their own stresses and helping young children navigate disruption and instability. And we’ll also offer strategies for perseverance and even innovation, focusing in on the solutions that educators and their families are finding and spreading. HostJunlei Li, Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education and Co-Chair, Human Development and Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of EducationSpeakersLynette Fraga, Chief Executive Officer, Child Care Aware of America (CCAoA)Stephanie Jones, Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development, Harvard Graduate School of EducationKey takeaways and prompts for action:Together, focus on how to support families – families of early educators, families of young children. Families are the critical foundation and source of resilience and support. Together, focus on equity and equitable access. Interrogate our history; ask what we truly mean when we use words like diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.Early education advocates are being heard. There is a generational opportunity now to drive this work.Quality in ECE = Relationships. We have to take care of the early childhood educators who are making those relationships.Resources:Persevering Through the Pandemic: Key Learnings about Children from Parents and Educators JDBP: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral PediatricsChild Care Aware of America’s Build Back Better Act Resource Hub (Child Care Aware of America)Preschool Enrollment Has Plunged: What That Means for School ReadinessBiden's Finishing What Obama Started with Early Learning Education Now A webinar and newsletter series to shape new approaches to challenges in education Explore All Articles Related Articles Education Now Hope and Resilience in Childhood A discussion of concrete ways to support children and adults in developing their capacities to weather the challenges brought on by the pandemic. Education Now Back to School - Moving Forward from Here HGSE experts surface key challenges and concerns for educators, leaders, and families — and share concrete ideas for addressing them. Education Now The Power of Resilience Three experts explore the notion of resilience from a variety of perspectives, offering helpful insight into how to sustain ourselves through challenging times.