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The Impact of COVID-19 on Early Childhood Education and Care

International Perspectives, Challenges, and Responses


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  • Focuses on the effects of COVID-19 on very young children, their families, and their teachers

  • Provides perspectives and practical strategies for mitigating the negative impact of the global health crisis

  • Represents international insights about providing services for young children with special needs

Part of the book series: Educating the Young Child (EDYC, volume 18)

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About this book

This collection brings together a diverse group of scholars from throughout the world who have grappled with and investigated the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the lives of young children. Profound changes have occurred in all facets of early childhood education and care (ECEC). Young children and their families, college students enrolled in teacher preparation programs, inservice teachers/caregivers, and postsecondary faculty have endured prolonged periods of quarantine, disruption, stress, and grief precipitated by the pandemic. These consequences have been even more challenging for individuals and groups who were already struggling or marginalized prior to the advent of the coronavirus. Collectively, the chapter authors draw upon findings from their research and insights gleaned from professional experiences to recommend ways of providing high-quality programs despite persistent global health threats.​


  • Coronavirus
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • World health crisis
  • bioecological framework
  • mesosystem
  • learning in home environment
  • exosystem
  • chronosystem of how epidemics impact early childhood
  • developmental stage of the young child
  • developmentally appropriate practice
  • child safety
  • children with disabilities
  • children’s lifelong learning trajectory
  • Auto-ethnography
  • early childhood care and education in India
  • early childhood care and education in India
  • lockdown during pandemic
  • pandemic's impact on curriculum
  • children’s well-being
  • COVID-safe classroom

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Teacher Education, California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Jyotsna Pattnaik

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Emerita, Indiana, USA

    Mary Renck Jalongo

About the editors

In 2021, Mary Renck Jalongo co-edited a highly successful special issue of Early Childhood Education Journal on COVID-19 and published two articles on the topic. Articles from that Special Issue have been downloaded over 90,000 times to date. For 25 years, she served as editor-in-chief of Early Childhood Education Journal and continues as  senior editor of Springer Nature’s Educating the Young Child book series. Throughout her career, she has written, co-authored, or edited more than 40 books. Her professional journal articles have earned eight national awards for excellence in writing, including four EDPRESS awards. She is a professor emerita with 37 years of experience at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). where she was named the professor of year.

Jyotsna Pattnaik is a professor of early childhood education at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) where she earned the Outstanding Professor Award from the College of Education and the Professors Around the World Award. In 2020-21, she co-edited a special issue of Early Childhood Education Journal on COVID-19, made three national presentations on the topic, served as a speaker on the topic for two webinars in India, and chaired one Master’s thesis on the topic. She has guest edited two international focus issues of Childhood Education (ACEI), edited three books, and published over 30 articles/book chapters. In 2009, she was the recipient of the outstanding alumni scholar award from the College of Education and Communications, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Her current projects include two empirical articles on the effects of COVID-19 on early childhood education and care.

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