A Look Back on 2020: Supporting Impact in a Year of Challenge and Innovation

Article Summary:

Though it’s been a difficult year, the Overdeck Family Foundation’s grantees have risen to the challenge of supporting the children, families, and educators most impacted by the difficulties of this year. Technology moved from the margins to the center of education, bringing with it both challenges in regards to access and efficacy and, at the same time, opportunity for greater scale and increased cost-effectiveness. The early childhood field saw the rise of tele-home visiting when traditional in-person programs could no longer operate, leading to increased demand and scale for programs such as Family Connects and Nurse-Family Partnership. In-person parent coaching programs, such as LENA and ParentCorps, also moved online, creating new ways to connect with and support parents in engaging and growing the minds of young children.