With the pandemic, parents and educators embrace outdoor preschools. Many hope the move will be permanent
CHICAGO — On a hazy September afternoon near a willow tree, a boy with a bright red backpack spotted something slimy on the ground.“Hello, all the mushrooms,” he said, gently tapping the fungus, trying not to crush any as his small feet moved through the grass.A teacher asked why they might be growing in that spot. The boy thought for a moment. “Because it’s shady and wet!”That was just one lesson for the group of kids at the Chicago Botanic Garden Nature Preschool, a program that’s part of the growing field of nature-based early childhood education.Nature preschools were increasing before the...
Florida report shows hundreds test positive for COVID-19 at state schools in August
MIAMI — The Florida Department of Health accidentally released a report on COVID-19 outbreaks at schools across the state — from daycare centers to colleges — and found that nearly 900 students and staffers had tested positive during a two-week period in August as schools had just begun or readied to reopen.State officials published the six-page draft online on Monday, but then quickly wiped it away a day later. The Miami Herald obtained a copy before it disappeared.Florida International University infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Mary Jo Trepka said the detailed data were one of the most...
Day care chain Bright Horizons buys Sittercity as parents scramble for child care and tutoring during pandemic
With families scrambling to figure out child care options for kids attending school remotely this fall, day care company Bright Horizons announced it is purchasing Sittercity, an online platform that matches people with providers.Bright Horizons said the partnership will help it fill the wide range of new child care needs families are facing as a growing list of workplaces and schools delay plans to return to offices and classrooms during the pandemic.“With the child care strain families have been experiencing the last five months paired with the prospect of remote learning, this acquisition w...