by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Sorry, I just need to say it again. I’m amazed that the guidance for NC Pre-K sites is so different from the requirements for K-12 public schools. Just in case you missed it, here are the goals for state-funded preschool programs:
We know that our children learn best when they have the opportunity to be together with their classmates and teachers. COVID-19 has presented many challenges to the way we work, live, learn and socialize with each other. Our goals seek to provide as much stability and proven in-person instruction as possible as we navigate through the pandemic.
- All NC Pre-K students receive the benefit of fully in-person instruction to the fullest extent possible.
- All parents/guardians are offered the option of in-person instruction for the full program year.
- Recognizing the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, remote learning will be available for all NC Pre-K students as an option of last resort and used as sparingly as possible (such as during time-limited school entry periods where schools are in remote learning only, during necessary quarantine periods.)
- All remote learning offered will meet standard quality measures that support children’s healthy development and engage families in their children’s learning.