YWe Talk | Ready for School: The Pandemic Learning Loss

May 21, 2021

It’s being called Pandemic Learning Loss. Yet, disparities in early education due to racial inequities, child poverty, and learning gaps among homeless children have long been pervasive problems in ensuring children start elementary school ready to learn at proficient levels. COVID-19 introduced additional issues with learning loss, and early research shows the academic gap could widen. Kindergartners and preschoolers may have missed crucial learning opportunities that affect a child’s ability to learn on grade level when entering first grade. How do we recoup those losses or at least mitigate the damage among homeless, high poverty and minority children?


  • Dr. Marquita Davis, Deputy Director, Early Learning, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Jayne H. Williams, Esq.,  General Counsel & Director of Legal Advocacy, Alabama Association of School Boards
  • Dr. Michael Sibley, Director of Communications, Alabama Department of Education
  • Dr. Jermaine Dawson, Academic Officer, Birmingham City Schools
  • Kimbrelle B. Lewis, President of the National Association of Elementary School Principals 
  • Dr. LaRhonda S. Magras, CEO, YWCA Central Alabama

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