Challenges to early childhood education in the wake of COVID-19

Jenny Doss, an early childhood special education teacher at Ben Franklin Elementary School, works with her K-5 class at the school in Menomonee Falls on  June 8. Doss is speaking out against Republican lawmakers' spending proposal, which only calls for a slight boost in special education funding.MJS-special education funding00p1

As students return to schools across the country, this episode of the Brookings Cafeteria features a rebroadcast of a recent online event from the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings on the present and future of early childhood education in the U.S. in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brookings scholar Jon Valant, director of the Brown Center, moderated a panel discussion with Miriam Calderon, deputy assistant secretary for policy and early learning at the U.S. Department of Education; Jenna Conway, the deputy superintendent of early childhood education in the Virginia Department of Education, and Christina Weiland, associate professor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan.

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