Addressing Inequities in Education: Considerations for Black Children and Youth in the Era of COVID-19

Data on COVID-19 transmission rates show an irrefutable and disturbing pattern: Black Americans are contracting and dying from COVID-19 at rates that far exceed other racial and ethnic groups. Through inequitable policies and practices, Black Americans are forced into conditions that elevate their risk for COVID-19, and consequently, place Black children at the epicenter of loss in multiple domains of life. This brief highlights the impact of the pandemic on Black children at the school, family, and individual levels by discussing how the pandemic affects academic performance and engagement, family economics and health, and children’s psychological well-being. With an understanding of the influence of systemic racism on COVID-19 disparities, we identify racial justice policy and practice recommendations that focus on equitable access to quality education to address the needs of Black children and families during and after the pandemic, including policies that fund access to information technology for remote learning, mental health services, and enhanced academic support.



Work Title Addressing Inequities in Education: Considerations for Black Children and Youth in the Era of COVID-19
Subtitle Addressing Inequities in Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic: How Education Policy and Schools Can Support Historically and Currently Marginalized Children and Youth
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  1. Noni Gaylord-Harden
  2. Valerie Adams-Bass
  3. Erin Bogan
  4. Lori A Francis
  5. Judith Scott
  6. Eleanor Seaton
  7. Joanna Williams
License In Copyright (Rights Reserved)
Work Type Article
  1. Child Development
Publication Date September 9, 2020
Deposited November 23, 2021




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  • Added Creator Valerie Adams-Bass
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  • Added Creator Lori A Francis
  • Added Creator Judith Scott
  • Added Creator Eleanor Seaton
  • Added Creator Joanna Williams
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