Christine DiStefano, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator: Fred Greer
Funding received: $13,945
Essential Services: Child Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Intended Impact: Public schools in South Carolina are closed, however, many child-care providers across the state serving preschoolers are still operating, as some parents must work outside the home during the health crisis. Many children attending these centers during this time are from lower-income and/or marginalized populations. This study examines the mental health risk that these children - and their teachers – face in attending preschool during the COVID-19 pandemic