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COVID-19 And The Childcare Crisis | A KPBS News Event


  • WHEN Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 7 p.m.
  • WHERE Virtual
  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

As parents and childcare providers are struggling to balance risks and needs during the global pandemic, the impact of the crisis on childcare falls largely on women - and in particular - women of color. Our panel will explore:

  • The role childcare and preschool plays in reopening our economy

  • How parents have had to navigate childcare during a pandemic

  • How childcare providers and educators are disproportionately feeling the effects of COVID-19

  • The negative (and positive) outcomes preschoolers have experienced

  • The future of post-pandemic childcare
  • This event is FREE. Registration is required. REGISTER NOW

    Dr. Lea Austin is the director of the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berkeley where she leads research and policy agenda aimed at improving the status of early educators. She has extensive experience in the areas of workforce development, racial equity, early childhood leadership competencies and curricula, and public policy and administration.

    Rebecca Fielding-Miller, PhD MSPH is an assistant professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine's division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health. Her research examines structural drivers of HIV and gender based violence in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on the intersection of race, gender, and economic inequality.

    Randy Lum is a scientist, husband, and father of two children aged one and three.

    Holly Weber is the owner and operator of Magic Hours Children's Center. She began her career as an expert in early childhood education management in 1990. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science with an emphasis in early childhood education.

    Claire Trageser is part of the KPBS' Investigations Desk and writes and produces in-depth coverage for radio, television, and the web. Claire has also contributed to KPBS' coronavirus coverage, including analyzing demographics surrounding deaths and infection rates and the growing childcare crisis. Claire studied chemistry at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She earned a master's degree in journalism at UC Berkeley, where she worked at the Knight Digital Media Center and completed a master's project with Michael Pollan.

    Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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