COVID-19 Impact on Child Care with Carole Johnson, Dr. Junlei Li & Beverly Lynn

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer of Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss the segments on this episode of Think Tank.

First, Steve is joined by Carole Johnson, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Human Services, to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis on child care centers across the state and how the Department of Human Services is supporting centers, children and families through this challenging time.

Then, Steve is joined by Junlei Li, Ph.D., Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Senior Fellow at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media. Steve and Dr. Li discuss the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on early childhood development, early learning and child care, as well as the role of public policy in supporting the child care industry.

Finally, Steve is joined by Beverly Lynn, Ed.D., CEO, Programs for Parents, to discuss the significant impact of the COVID-19 crisis on child care centers in New Jersey, how centers are working to safely reopen and the long-term implications of the pandemic on children and families, specifically in urban communities.