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The Coronavirus Pandemic and Lessons Learned in Preschools in Norway, Sweden and the United States: OMEP Policy Forum

Authors
  • Pramling Samuelsson, Ingrid1
  • Wagner, Judith T.2
  • Eriksen Ødegaard, Elin3
  • 1 Gothenburg University,
  • 2 Emerita Professor of Education and Child Development, Broadoaks Children’s School, Whittier, CA USA
  • 3 Western Norway University of Applied Sciences,
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Early Childhood
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Publication Date
Jun 17, 2020
Pages
1–16
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s13158-020-00267-3
PMID: 32836368
PMCID: PMC7299556
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
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Abstract

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has moved rapidly across the world in 2020. This article reports on the recent consequences of the pandemic for early childhood education in Sweden, Norway, and the United States. The authors illustrate the effects of the pandemic on preschools in their countries, against a backdrop of frequent changes in infection and mortality rates, epidemiological understandings, government strategies, and mitigation strategies regarding preschool closures. Teachers report their experiences and actions in specific early childhood education settings, across the three national contexts. These experiential snapshots identify program priorities, parents’ and children’s reactions, and the commitment and concerns of teachers. The conversations reveal culturally situated similarities of early childhood educational practices but also differences across contexts. Teachers report on the challenges of their experiences but also benefits for their practice and how they engage with children and their families. Ideas about future preparedness for such pandemics are also discussed.

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