Preschool Student Experiences in the Wake of COVID-19

A new report from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) examines the supports that preschool students received – or in many instances didn’t receive – when classrooms closed their doors this spring.

The study, coauthored by NIEER Senior Co-Director W. Steven Barnett, found that more than half of students were receiving no remote support at all within two months of the closures. Most other students, according the report, received remote supports less than once per week.

Barnett discusses his team’s findings, their potential impacts on students, and some important implications for policymakers, practitioners, school leaders and families as we move into the 2020-21 school year.