Commonwealth Policy Center

We continue to learn new things about the effects that the COVID shut downs have had certain groups. This time it’s kindergartners. According to a new report by the Kentucky Youth Advocates, Kindergartners weren’t prepared to learn how to play together. Even though they had story time on Zoom, lock downs took away from social interactions that four and five-year-old have with other kids in their peer group. The report is not entirely negative, however. There was a 2% increase in fourth grade reading proficiency. Also, 91% of Kentucky’s students are graduating on time. We’ve learned a lot from what happens to a society that is locked down. Perhaps next time public health concerns emerge, issues like isolation lack of social interaction will be taken into consideration. In the meantime, we will continue to learn and adjust just as the kindergartners are doing.