Child care and COVID: Precarious communities in distanced times

Beth Blue Swadener, Lacey Peters, Dana Frantz Bentley, Xiomara Diaz, Marianne Bloch

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Drawing from an analysis of responses to COVID affecting the ECCE sector in the US, including the narratives of early childhood educators, we engage with several questions. These include: How is care work with children constructed and affected by COVID-19? How might current responses and policies be understood through the lens of social citizenship and the collective/the individual? How do these issues reflect the precarity of the ECCE sector? How are embodied and emotional aspects of care work manifesting in early educator/caregiver lives in the time of the pandemic? Who is caring for the caregivers and what care may be needed? How can we re-imagine the care of ourselves, and in relation to an ethics of care for the other?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-326
Number of pages14
JournalGlobal Studies of Childhood
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2020


  • child care
  • early childhood
  • policy and advocacy
  • teacher perspectives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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