COVID-19 has placed unprecedented strain on our education system with early closures and emergency shifts online leading to learning losses and inequities. We know how important it is for children to return to school in-person this fall, but will it be safe?

Drawing on their experiences operating summer programs, child care centers, and other family services throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, members of the Texas Family Leadership Council (TXFLC) came together to discuss the lessons they’ve learned as they’ve remained open and their advice for PK-12 schools. 

Watch a recording of this conversation (embedded), or read our brief based on the discussion. 

Speakers (in order of appearance)
Bob Sanborn, Ed.D., President & CEO, Children at Risk
Claire Bocchini, M.D., Texas Children’s Hospital
Kevin Hattery, President & CEO, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston
Kim Kofron, M.Ed., Executive Director, TXAEYC
Jenna Courtney, Executive Director, TXPOST
Sylvia Acosta, Ph.D., CEO, YWCA El Paso
Avice Chambers, Vice President of Youth Development, YMCA of Greater Houston
Colleen Dippel, Founder & CEO, Families Empowered


We are working hard to bring policymakers and the greater public the information they need to make decisions and advocate for children during this pandemic. Visit our COVID-19 page to view our other policy resources and research.