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During these times of incredible uncertainty, we often turn to those on the front lines of the fight. We are informed by thoughtful public health officials. We are provided clarity by knowledgeable epidemiologists. We are comforted and inspired by brave health care professionals.

The global pandemic COVID-19 has left us with dramatic changes, challenges, and a whole lot of uncertainty. We’re inundated with endless newsreels and bottomless social media feeds. Yet, some stories stand out – the stories of communities coming together, providing for, and protecting each other. These are the stories that we collectively champion.

With the extension of school closures across school districts, many are asking the timely question: What will the impact of the quarantine be on our young learners?

While this pandemic is unprecedented, we can assume that with higher rates of unemployment, caregivers now juggling job loss or working remotely with homeschooling, and the loss of the academic and social support provided in school, children may be at risk for significant loss of school-year gains over the coming months. An additional concern is that months out of school will only broaden the divide between the most fortunate and most vulnerable children, with low-income students losing ground at disproportionate rates.

While San Antonio area schools are combating this by enabling “distance learning,” some even supplying the necessary technology, the efficacy of these initiatives is uncertain. Caregivers are now faced with the endeavor of managing their typical list of home and job duties, along with their child’s full school day – truly highlighting that “there aren’t enough hours in the day.” Toggling between your and your children’s online tasks and communities feels difficult, even if you’re not among the one in four San Antonio families who lack broadband internet.

How can we rewrite this story in a way that everyone has a chance to come out the other side more or less better for it?

The answer is: community early childhood support.

Experts agree that educators and caregivers working together, scaffolding the student outside of school, is critical to academic success.

Now, more than ever, The DoSeum is grateful to say: we’re here. We’re here, and we’re ready to come together around our young learners. We are here not only to walk alongside families in this journey, but also, to spark joy, foster curiosity, bolster learning, and inspire future-forward thinking. We have the opportunity to provide the scaffolding together, Daniel Menelly, CEO of The DoSeum notes.

“At this moment, our homes are both an informal and formal learning environment. Thinking imaginatively about early learning is key to ensuring that young learners return to the classroom with confidence and, ideally, fond memories of a time when we made the best of a difficult situation.”  

As we ready the next generation of epidemiologists, physicians, and change makers of tomorrow, this is the story they will remember: How we came together, for them.

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Tally Jorn

Tally Jorn, LMSW, is a recent San Antonio transplant, originally from the Rio Grande Valley, by way of Austin, Texas, where she received her degree at The University of Texas. When she’s not spreading...