Child care/children/early childhood development

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    More mask madness from NC DHHS

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) has updated the guidance on face coverings in child care facilities: The updated guidance clarifies that school-age children five (5) years or older who are in kindergarten or above are required to wear face coverings when they are or may be within six…
    Terry Stoops, September 11, 2020
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    NC DHHS: remote learning for NC Pre-K “an option of last resort and used as sparingly as possible”

    Sorry, I just need to say it again. I’m amazed that the guidance for NC Pre-K sites is so different from the requirements for K-12 public schools.  Just in case you missed it, here are the goals for state-funded preschool programs: We know that our children learn best when…
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2020
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    NC DHHS: preschool students should receive “fully in-person instruction to the fullest extent possible”

    Yesterday, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released a guidance document for NC Pre-K, our state-funded preschool program. The guidance for NC Pre-K classrooms is much different than that provided for K-12 public schools.  In fact, preschool classrooms “operating in public schools are not expected to…
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2020
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    Closed schools leave kids with limited options

    Jim Geraghty‘s latest National Review Online column explains why the COVID-19 shutdown means many kids will be on their own this summer. Right now, just about every school in America is closed for the rest of the school year. Across the country, “thousands of day-care facilities have shut…
    Mitch Kokai, May 14, 2020
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    Families, children might benefit after COVID-19 scare has ended

    Abby McCloskey and Angela Rachidi explain in an Institute for Family Studies column how economic disruption tied to the coronavirus pandemic could produce one beneficial long-term change. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, many workers have traded in their corporate offices for a makeshift workspace at the kitchen…
    Mitch Kokai, April 6, 2020
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    “It’s time to bring back the big tables.”

    That’s the final line of a recent essay by David Brooks about the breakdown of American families. The line refers back to the nostalgic scenario that Brooks describes at the beginning of the essay: The scene is one many of us have somewhere in our family history: Dozens…
    Jon Guze, February 13, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports on the limited action in the General Assembly’s latest one-day session. Brooke Conrad and Kari Travis report on the potential impact of a transparency lawsuit linked to UNC’s Silent Sam controversy. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights a dramatic fall in child poverty.
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2020
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    Needed: personal community and role models

    David French, who joined Jonah Goldberg and Steve Hayes to create the recently launched Dispatch is ” convinced that the more we politicize the crisis [in community] rather than personalize it and spiritualize it, the more we’ll miss the mark.” “A functioning community doesn’t just provide love and resources,” French…
    Joseph Coletti, January 14, 2020