A former kindergarten teacher, Vincent J. Costanza, Ed.D. currently serves on the Bright Start Foundation Advisory Council. He has led organizations in both the public and private sectors, including directing the New Jersey Office of Primary Education and of the Statewide Early Learning Challenge Grant. Vincent is currently in consideration for Governing Board President of NAEYC.
The dysfunctional design flaw that separates systems of caregiving (childcare) from systems of education (public schools), has been laid bare during the pandemic. For instance, rather than experiencing even hybrid moments of normalcy, most children started the school year virtually, because teachers with young children took permissible and understandable leaves to care for their families. Let’s be clear, the lack of teaching staff has contributed to a deficit of meaningful interactions for this country’s children.