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Anna Siegal's school, Red Hook Playgroup, is coming back in-person this fall with three small classrooms and fewer students than usual. Anna spoke often about the larger questions she has been pondering about the state of private early childhood education and whether it is necessary or needed in her community. She feels that if she, her teachers, and her community find that in this time, running a tuition-based school does not match their values when it comes to justice, community need, and equity, they might close the school. She sees a larger reckoning about education coming.Anna touched on the toll that non-stop work has taken on her health, but said that she's surprisingly ok. She was proud to have gained as much knowledge and skill as she has during the pandemic, but expressed anger that it was due to massive leadership failures at city, state, and national levels. Anna is excited to help the kids rebuild some community bonds with one another and to help them understand and process the last 5 months for themselves as well.
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