December 15, 2020

Schools get creative to enroll, retain youngest students during pandemic

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With preschool and kindergarten attendance dipping this year — in some areas significantly — schools are implementing multiple strategies to keep learning and funding continuing.

Early childhood educators are reaching deep into their teacher tool kits to keep their youngest students engaged in socially distanced in-person learning environments. What’s more difficult is adapting those lessons to online formats and video conferencing. Young children can’t easily navigate online learning platforms independently. They also need adult-guided asynchronous activities so they can learn through movement and play-based activity without sitting for hours in front of a screen.

School administrators also are searching for solutions to retain the youngest learners — those in preschool and kindergarten — as well as entice families of young learners who have not yet registered their children for school.

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