Episode 25: Online Preschool- Panacea or Placebo?
Online preschool options are growing in popularity. Just this past spring, Ted Talk organizers created a bit of a stir in the early childhood community when they awarded a portion of their Audacious Project funding to an online preschool company, Waterford UPSTART. While proponents suggest this is an affordable and accessible option for families that may not otherwise have preschool options, detractors say the most valuable parts of preschool could never be packaged into a virtual program. Even before this brouhaha boiled over, Amy Webb was writing about the misconceptions surrounding online preschool on her site, The Thoughtful Parent. I’m so excited to have her join me on today’s episode to break this topic down. Is online preschool the panacea for early education inequality, or just a placebo we invest in to make ourselves feel better? You can find show notes for this episode at Https://notjustcute.com/podcast/episode25