August 2021

  • The U.S. Department of Education has released a Return to School Roadmap with resources and a checklist to support educators, families, and the community as children return to school.
  • On August 11, 2021, Governor Newsom announced that all K-12 teachers and staff are required to either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or they must have a negative COVID-19 test weekly. Read more here.
  • In an article for the New York Times, Tara Parker-Pope offers advice for how to send children back to school safely during the pandemic.
  • Independent study is a program approved for California K-12 students who are unable to attend school in person due to medical reasons. Learn more about independent study and how it works here.
  • EdSource has launched a new podcast called Education Beat which will explore what is happening in California education from preschool to college.
  • The 2021-2022 California State Budget has provided a one-time stipend for licensed child care providers. Learn more about it on the Community Care Licensing (CCL) website.
  • The Orange County Department of Education has hired mental health coordinators to help support the wellbeing of students as they return to school. Learn more about the program here.
  • Discover how schools can support children who are grieving over the loss of a loved one due to COVID-19 in this article by Carolyn Jones of EdSource.
  • Anne D’Innocenzio reports that Target has followed Walmart in offering free college education to employees across the United States. Click here to read more.
  • Learn more about how clothing lines are developing adaptive clothes that are inclusive of children with special needs in this article by Abha Bhattarai of the Washington Post.

July 2021

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains how to prevent illness and death from hot cars.
  • Learn how to prevent drowning accidents and discover resources and posters to help educate families about water safety on the Department of Developmental Services website.
  • Families who did not file 2020 taxes may be eligible to receive a child tax credit. Visit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website to learn more.
  • On June 29, 2021 the California Public Health Department and the Department of Social Services released updated guidance for the child care industry. Read the new guidance here.
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released the 2021 KIDS COUNT® Data Book which compiles statistics for each state that describes the wellbeing of children.
  • Diana Lambert reports on the increase of home schools during the pandemic and explores the reasons why many parents chose home school over distance learning in this article for EdSource.
  • The revisions made to the TEACH grant made last year go into effect this month. The grant will help university students studying to be K-12 teachers pay for their education. To read more, click here.
  • Heather Kelly reports on how parents are working to establish screen time limits after a year of distance learning in an article for the Washington Post.
  • High school students at the Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts in downtown Los Angeles improved their reading abilities during the pandemic. Their teacher, Mark Gozonsky, explains how they did it and offers tips for other English teachers in this article.
  • The School Library Journal offers a list of podcasts to keep children engaged in listening to stories this summer.

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