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Ongoing monitoring of students in early grades will be important to identify how missing out on in-person classes has affected students. (Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for EDUimages)

From full-day learning to 30 minutes daily: The effects of school closures on kindergarteners

The lack of a fully interactive environment in kindergarten due to pandemic school closures may negatively impact some children’s learning in later grades.
The core of education is to enable young learners to be kind, giving members of society. David Brewster/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Why do kids have to go to school?

The core principle of education is to enable students to become kind, giving and contributing members of their community and the world.
Kindergarten teachers were tasked with adapting a hands-on, play-based curricula in a virtual environment – a nearly impossible task even without parenting one’s own children at the same time. (Shutterstock)

Kindergarten educators with children at home struggled during the pandemic — mental health supports are needed

Kindergarten educators who taught from home during COVID-19 and who were primarily responsible for their own children self-reported poorer mental health than those without these responsibilities.
After long periods of social isolation with family members, it may be hard for some children — and parents — to be separated. (Pexels/ August de Richelieu)

Does my child have separation anxiety? How parents can help with children’s back-to-school fears

When you layer a pandemic on top of back-to-school, many children may struggle with separation anxiety. Here are some strategies parents can use to help reduce anxiety in their children.
In Québec, the biggest child care provider by far is schools. Here, children raise their hands at a care centre in Montréal in August 2006. CP PHOTO/Ian Barrett

Ottawa’s $10-a-day child care promise should heed Québec’s insights about balancing low fees with high quality

As provinces and territories beyond Québec develop early learning and care plans, they should be aware of the pitfalls of taking shortcuts in response to parent demand.
With some kindergarten children now participating in online learning, questions persist about how they will learn the competencies needed to help them flourish both socially and academically. (Shutterstock)

6 ways to teach kindergarten kids to deal with stress during COVID-19, whether learning online or at school

Many kindergarten classrooms draw on six principles for helping children to manage the everyday stressors of life, and parents can too.

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