Mitigating the Academic and Social Impacts of COVID-19 in Child Care
Duration: 59 minutes
As child care starts to re-open, COVID-19 recommendations are changing the way child care providers are able to interact with children and support their early academic and social development. In this webinar, we heard directly from providers in three states on how COVID-19 recommendations have impacted their work. We also shared data collected from our partners across settings about their experiences. Listen in to the conversation on how we can continue to adapt while creating a positive learning environment where interactions matter.
About Cindy Jurie
Cindy Jurie, PhD, has worked in early care for over thirty years in a diverse number of settings, including Migrant Head Start, a teen parenting program, and as the program manager at Seminole State’s early childhood education degree and vocational programs. She has been an infant/toddler teacher, director, CDA advisor, and trainer. Cindy’s master’s degree is in early childhood education from Wheelock College, while her PhD is in child development from Erikson Institute; her dissertation was a study of infant teachers in early care. While at Erikson, Cindy worked as an early childhood mental health consultant in a toddler child care program, and led an initiative to support teachers with fussy babies in child care. In her work as director of research & special projects, Cindy has designed and implemented funded initiatives in support of infant/toddler quality, early literacy targeted interventions, business supports for early childhood directors and owners, and most recently, early childhood mental health supports.
About Sara Malphrus
Sara Malphrus is the instructional support coach for the Phoebe Family Tree in Albany, Georgia. She has been teaching at the Family Tree for 23 years in the one- and two-year-old classrooms. Throughout her career, language has been an area of great interest. Sarah has previously included American Sign Language in her class curriculum, and has always made an effort to accommodate multilingual students by learning some of their language. Three years ago, the Family Tree was accepted into the Georgia LITTLE Grant, which included LENA Grow. The center participated for the two years the grant was available, during which time Sara worked as the internal coach. The participating classrooms and teachers greatly benefitted from the program’s language and literacy training, so it was subsequently adopted in support of the center’s curriculum. Today, Sara continues to work with the LENA Grow program as an instructional support coach.
About Amber Bilby
Amber Bilby has been the sole owner and operator of Amber's Kids, LLC since 2010. During that time she has been an active board member with Jefferson County Child Care Association (JCCCA). In 2017, Amber was elected president of the Colorado Association of Family Child Care (CAFCC). She has a passion for being a voice and advocate for family child care providers.