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Video Series- Preschool During the Pandemic: Early Childhood Education in Extraordinary Times


It's been said that "necessity is the mother of invention". When the pandemic struck last year, practitioners in early education and early childhood special education, and parents came together to support young children and their families through remote service delivery. This multi-part video series, developed by Larry Edelman, features preschool staff and families from five states and illustrates their working together to use technology to make the virtual learning experience exciting, effective and engaging for young children.

Currently, there are 14 videos in the series, each ranging from five to 16 minutes in length. The videos cover the perspectives of professionals and parents on topics such as inclusion, equity and family support, the challenges and joys of remote learning, hands-on and play-based experiences, a family's approach to supporting a preschooler in a virtual environment, promoting social skills, relationships and positive social emotional development and the use of green screens to engage preschoolers.

  • Episode 1: Early Childhood Education in Extraordinary Times
  • Episode 2: Teaching Through the Screen, Not On It
  • Episode 3: Reflections on Inclusion in Remote Preschool
  • Episode 4: Equity and Family Support
  • Episode 5: Alia Goes Back to Preschool
  • Episode 6: Bringing a Virtual Classroom to Life
  • Episode 7: My Virtual Preschool Classroom
  • Episode 8: Noah and Pop-Pop Go to Preschool
  • Episode 9: Back to the Classroom: Balancing Social Development and Safety
  • Episode 10: Promoting Social Skills in a Virtual Classroom
  • Episode 11: Rising to the Occassion
  • Episode 12: Engaging Preschoolers with Green Screens
  • Episode 13, Part 1: Authentic Learning Assessment, Part 1: Home Learning Materials and Authentic Assessment
  • Episode 13, Part 2: Authentic Learning Assessment, Part 2: Informing and Differentiating Instruction
  • Episode 14: Supporting Remote Teaching with Practice-Based Coaching


Early Childhood Family Engagement Inclusion Social/Emotional