Early Childhood Coffee and Conversation: The COVID-19 Crisis

On May 22, 2020, the virtual Coffee and Conversation discussion turned to the stunning impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on early childhood, and what the future holds for daycare and early education programs. Tania Del Rio, Executive Director for the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement for the City of Boston, presenting the sobering overall picture, after which a panel of practitioners, including Keith Mahon, Early Childhood Director for the YMCA of Greater Boston, Laura Perille, CEO of Nurtury, and Dorothy Williams, operator of Dottie’s Family Childcare in Dorchester, discussed the challenges of staying open or reopening under the new regulations and uncertain demand of a reopening region as the COVID lockdown eases.

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