This year, the first days of school look like no other — online for all and again disrupted for some forced to evacuate due to the wildfires throughout the County. Yet, whether a child is entering preschool or starting their senior year, it is still a time for excitement — of possibility, connection, learning, and growth.
Some parents wonder if their young children should stay enrolled and engaged in distance learning. By staying enrolled, families have access to resources like technology and free lunches. Schools maintain important public funding that is linked to enrollment, helping to better serve children and families. Plus, young children may have an easier transition entering the classroom when onsite learning resumes, having already built relationships with peers and teachers alike.
Distance learning includes managing class schedules and digital platforms. This means many parents and caregivers are also learning new skills and juggling children’s distance learning with work, their own continued education, or other obligations. Schools, child care, and youth-serving organizations are getting creative to support families through these challenging times. Some families are even coordinating around co-op care. Learn more about how to launch your own co-op here.
Businesses are realizing they have a role to play too, and are exploring ways to support child care by offering resources to employees with children, or establishing temporary all ages care for their on-site employees. Find a FAQ for temporary care here.
There is so much happening. Connections and relationships are our anchors. Please reach out when you need support and when those around you need it. We are here for each other. For tips on how to help young children cope with stress from natural disasters, click here.