October 2020

What We’re Reading

  • A new national poll from the First Five Years Fund (FFYF) suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic has opened Americans’ eyes to the importance of child care for families. The survey found that regardless of political party, respondents overwhelmingly agreed that high-quality, affordable child care for families with young children is an essential service—just like healthcare and education.
  • As experts warn that we may be heading into the most challenging phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re revisiting this LEGO Foundation blog post by Dr. Bo Stjerne Thomsen on the power of play to help children cope with change. It offers six evidence-based approaches to using creativity and active engagement in play and argues that making room for play right now is not just okay, it’s more important than ever. Of course, we recognize that this is an incredibly challenging, stressful, and exhausting time for many parents and caregivers. We encourage all caregivers to do whatever they can to care for themselves so that they might be able to approach play—and other forms of child engagement—with intention and clarity.