Weekly News: ECE and More – 4.21.21

April 21, 2021

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» White House Closes in on ‘Families Plan’ Spending Proposal Centered on ECE (Washington Post)

In this story, the Washington Post looks at the White House’s infrastructure plan that would focus on child care, Pre-K, and other early childhood priorities.

» $1.6B in Federal Aid to Expand IL Early Childhood Education, Child Care Access (WGLT)

WGLT covers Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s announcement of transformational change for ECE in Illinois, including massive investments and a new division of early childhood.

» Kindergarten Transitions Are Never Easy. But the Pandemic Has Made Them Harder. (EdSurge)

EdSurge examines how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed early care and education, and how that has and will impact the transition to kindergarten for young children. 

» Bachelor’s for Child Care Could Be Offered at Community Colleges (Illinois Radio Network)

Illinois Radio Network takes a look at the Community College Baccalaureate Bill and how it would address the teacher shortage, equity and much more.

» What Is Infrastructure? It’s a Gender and Race Issue, For Starters (NPR)

NPR examines the debate around what is and isn’t infrastructure in our country.

» Experts Say Watching Traumatic Police Shooting Videos Most Impacts People Of Color (WBEZ)

WBEZ examines the trauma of viewing police shooting videos and who is impacted most.