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Rural Communities

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Rural communities may be heavily impacted due to existing vulnerabilities including access to healthcare resources, technology, and a stable internet connection.

‘We’ve always dealt with these issues’: How COVID-19 affects rural schools
Bates News
This article highlights the many issues rural educators have long faced but have to manage in new ways as a result of COVID-19–everything from feeding students, technology access, contact between teachers and students to college access will impact long-term changes. Rural expert and Associate Professor of Education Mara Tieken shares insights and questions to consider.

Analysis: Higher Ed Must Do More to Help Rural College Graduates Return
The Daily Yonder: Keep It Rural
Less than one-third of rural young people enroll in college and when they go, they often feel conflicted about moving to a city, places with economic opportunity and power, versus moving back home to their rural lifestyle and roots. Networking, mentoring and support systems could help them navigate these difficult decisions.

Redesign required: Principles for reimagining federal rural policy in the COVID-19 era
This article presents principles that reflect the wisdom of rural practitioners from around the country and notes that COVID-19 suggests we should not go back to business as usual on the policy front.

Webinar: What’s being done to address the growing US digital divide
Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings
This 1-hour webinar puts the spotlight on the growing digital divide that impacts rural students and educators (among others) and what federal agencies and local leaders are doing to identify and mitigate the challenges.

Early Care and Education in Rural Communities
Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation (OPRE) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Child Trends
This report provides a descriptive comparison of the early care and education (ECE) landscape across
rural, moderate-density urban (suburban), and high-density urban areas. The goal of this comparison
was to understand whether ECE availability and characteristics in rural areas differ from those in more
densely populated communities.

A Fragile Ecosystem II: Kentucky Parents Respond to Child Care Crisis Following COVID-19.
The Prichard Committee 
This report is a result of a survey conducted in Kentucky for parents and families. The results showed the need for greater financial support from Congress, and for a continued substantial,engaged planning with providers at the state level. Both are critical in ensuring that Kentucky’s child care infrastructure is sustained immediately and in the long term.



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