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Happy Teacher COVID-19 Impact Study

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Happy Teacher COVID-19 Impact Study

Using the whole teacher well-being conceptual framework, our team extended the Happy Teacher Project to study the COVID-19 impact on early childhood teachers’ well-being and work during the pandemic. We are interested in how early childhood teachers (serving children age 0-5 including Kindergartners) work and survive during the pandemic focusing on their well-being, work, and needs for improvement. 

To obtain a better understanding of the national distance learning landscape for ECE during the COVID pandemic, during two-and-a-half-month period in the late Spring to mid-summer, we sent out a survey nation-wide to current ECE teachers to inquire as to their teaching experiences and well-being in the early months of the pandemic. We recruited via various social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter) and emails to various early childhood organizations, agencies, and programs. To ensure responses from various states and types of settings (e.g., family child care center, private child care center, Head Start programs, public schools), stratified sampling (by state and type of settings) was also integrated in the recruitment and sampling strategies.  Specifically, we were interested in how ECE teachers who were teaching virtually viewed their experience and the challenges and needs associated with it. We received 1434 responses from ECE teachers in 46 states, established inter-rater reliability (90 percent agreement), and conducted a content analysis of their open-ended responses in the online survey.  

A total of 1,434 ECE teachers serving children ages 0 to 5 (including Kindergarten) in 46 states in the United States completed an online survey using Quartrics platform in late Spring to mid-summer of 2020. Our sample of teachers is close to other national data on ECE teachers. The overall characteristics of the sample are similar to the population of early childhood teachers nationally (Whitebook et al., 2018), with somewhat higher percentage of Hispanic teachers.

We are currently in data analysis and writing manuscripts and planning to share the findings soon.