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Yale Children and Adults Research in Early Education Study Team

Yale CARES is an interdisciplinary research team studying the health, mental health, and wellbeing of young children and adults in early care and education settings. The team was created in May 2020 in response to pressing needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic, consisting primarily of researchers from the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at the Yale Child Study Center, the Yale Institute for Global Health, the Yale Department of Pediatrics, and the Tobin Center for Economic Policy at Yale. The interdisciplinary team consists of researchers from child and family policy, epidemiology, infectious disease, pediatrics, child psychiatry and psychology, vaccinology, and economics. Yale CARES conducts research in partnership with tens of thousands of early educators across the United States; publishes timely studies of health, mental health, and economic wellbeing in early childhood settings; and frequently consults with federal and state governmental departments and agencies.

Studies focus on COVID-19 transmission in child care programs, vaccination rates and hesitancy in early educators, effective methods for mitigating COVID-19 transmission, health and mental health of children and adults in early childhood settings, risk factors for severe COVID-19 outcomes, and others.

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On-going Pandemic Concerns: Guidance for Families

As mask mandates lift in schools around the United States, many people – parents, children, educators, and family service providers included – continue to have worries and concerns regarding the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Three Yale Child Study Center experts weigh in on how to talk to children about these concerns and ease anxieties, whether about the choice to continue to wear a mask or about others who are not masking.

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