ECE Lessons from China’s Response to COVID-19
Having dealt with COVID-19 longer than any nation, China offers important lessons for the US. China’s response can inform policymakers in America. China responded to the virus and its impact on children with three board moves: Closing schools and child care centers nationwide, providing students free educational resources, and providing guidance for online teaching for teachers and parents.
These steps put children first in developing policy, and each move deserves US policymakers’ attention. They supported parents and teachers, enabling them to focus most on the specific needs of individual children while using materials and activities designed by experts nationwide rather than having to develop their own.
NIEER has been closely following the steps China has taken. These are more fully described in a brief report
(LINK) by NIEER Visiting Professor Lin Li of East China Normal University.
Despite cultural differences, many aspects of China’s ECE policy response can be applied here. We can and should learn from China’s experience.