The coronavirus pandemic pushed the already vulnerable early childhood education workforce into crisis. The emotional, financial and physical stress on early childhood educators is incalculable. Many programs faced declining enrollment and closures, while educators had to navigate job insecurity, health risks and personal challenges.
Over the course of ten months, EdSurge documented the impact of the pandemic on early childhood educators, exploring how program leaders, philanthropic organizations, government, businesses and—crucially—educators themselves have addressed these challenges. These stories highlight the experiences and elevate the voices of early childhood education professionals.