Webinar: How are our children? Updates and policy implications from the RAPID-EC surveys

Event date: 
17 Mar 2021 - 3:00pm

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Join us for a National Issues>State Action webinar to discuss the findings of the Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Impact on Development-Early Childhood (RAPID-EC) project with University of Oregon Psychologist Dr. Phil Fisher, the project’s director, and Dr. Joan Lombardi, who chairs the National Advisory Group for the project and is former deputy secretary for Early Childhood Development at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

They’ll share the clear — and alarming — findings of the project and discuss it means for states’ early childhood policy agendas.

RAPID-EC has been surveying a national representative sample of families with young children (0-5) since April 2020 to gather clear and actionable information on the needs, health promoting behaviors, and well-being of children and their caregivers during the pandemic.

On this webinar, Dr. Fisher and Dr. Lombardi will share the story about children and families that’s emerging from the data, resources from the project that can enhance state advocates and policymakers, and ideas about what policy responses are needed to respond to the toll the pandemic is taking on these families.


Professional precarities in a time of pandemic: Cross-national perspectives

Event date: 
18 Nov 2020 - 9:00am



Welcome, Acknowledgement of Land, and “What is RECE?” - Marek Tesar, Chair, RECE Steering Committee, Associate Professor, University of Auckland

For further information, visit receinternational.org

Panel 1 - National Policy Responses to COVID

Focal question: How well was/and is your country and the early childhood sector served by the policy response to COVID?

Panel members:

Sonja Arndt, Lecturer, Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia

Nkidi Phatudi, Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education, University of South Africa (UNISA)

Mere Skerrett, Senior Lecturer, Teacher Education, Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand

Mathias Urban, Desmond Chair of Early Childhood Education, Dublin City University, Ireland

Marcy Whitebook, Director Emerita/Senior Researcher, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, University of California Berkeley, USA

Moderator: Mark Nagasawa, Bank Street College of Education

Stretch Break: Mara Sapon-Shevin, Syracuse University

Panel 2 – Perspectives, Responses and Organizing Strategies of Practitioners

Focal question: How has COVID affected your work and how have you adapted practices? What forms of activism have you engaged? How are you adapting?

Panel members:

Lyn Wright, Whānau Manaaki Kindergarten Association, Aotearoa New Zealand

Rikke Wettendorff, Danish Preschool Teachers Union

Brooke Richardson, Post-doctoral Fellow, Sociology, Brock University, Canada

Juliana Pinto McKeen, Brooklyn Coalition for Early Childhood, USA

Moderator: Lacey Peters, Hunter College, City University of New York

Small Group Discussion

Discussion prompt: How would the early childhood profession/sector benefit from an international response (statements, organizing, activism steps, networking ideas toward collaboration/cross-cultural pollination)?


Mimi Bloch, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Beth Blue Swadener, Arizona State University

Contact name: 
Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE International)