Protecting Our Children: Early Childhood Development, ACEs & COVID-19

Published on: August 24, 2020. Updated on: July 27, 2022.

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Children’s poverty rates could increase by 53% during the pandemic. Additionally, school closures are putting kids at risk for toxic stress, with 1 in 3 public school students lacking adequate access to the resources necessary for remote learning. The short- and long-term impact of this constantly evolving situation is not evenly distributed and may have massive consequences for the most vulnerable children.

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Early years sets the building blocks for healthy long-term development: Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

Children in America who live in poverty: The State of America’s Children® 2020, Children’s Defense Fund

Increase in children's poverty rates: Parolin, Z. & Wimer, C. Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University. Forecasting Estimates of Poverty during the COVID-19 Crisis: Poverty Rates in the United States Could Reach Highest Levels in Over 50 Years

Education & the digital divide: Common Sense Media, K–12 Student Digital Divide Much Larger Than Previously Estimated and Affects Teachers, Too, New Analysis Shows


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