2020 has fundamentally changed the ways we support children and the ways we partner with families. This year saw the coining of new terms like “distance learning”, “physical distancing”, and “zoom school”. This year our children learned how to eyeball “6 feet apart”, how to read emotions in eyes, and many new 20-second hand-washing songs.
But above all else, this year reminded us just how powerful, creative, and resilient our community of early childhood educators is. This year we launched Kaymbu 360 because of you. It was your questions, your ideas, your unwavering commitment to your children and families, and your willingness to share that helped to form this community. And as I reflect on this year, for that I am honored, proud and truly grateful.
In 2020, were joined by over 18,000 early childhood educators who learned alongside us and shared their perspectives and insights with us. We were joined by education leaders including Dr. Rosemarie Truglio from Sesame Workshop, Geoffrey Canada from the Harlem Children Zone, and Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education. We grappled with questions around supporting children’s social emotional needs, our own mental health, building strong partnerships with families, using child data, and supporting all children virtually.
2020 taught us to embrace change and unpredictability, to take life one day at a time, and to remember all that we have to be grateful for. And as we turn the page on this year, we are thankful for you, for your tireless work to support your children each and every day, and for the incredible collective impact your work has on our world and our future.
We look forward to learning and growing with you in 2021!