The pandemic and preschool education in five charts
In a report published this summer (and updated this past month), NEPC Fellow W. Steven Barnett of Rutgers and Kwanghee Jung of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) sought to quantify some of these impacts, via a NIEER nationwide survey, administered in May and June to 945 households of children aged three to five who were not yet enrolled in kindergarten. The charts below draw upon that survey and the NIEER report to tell the story of the pandemic’s impact on the nation’s youngest students. All are based exclusively on the NIEER survey results, with the exception of the final chart, which also includes data from the 2019 National Household Education Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau on behalf of the National Center for Education Statistics. (author abstract)
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Impacts of the pandemic on young children and their parents: Initial findings from NIEER’s May-June 2021 Preschool Learning Activities Survey