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“I wear a mask. I wear it all the time. The kids don’t wear masks”: Early childhood education mask-wearing during COVID-19 in Florida


New federal health guidance was issued for early childhood education (ECE) programs to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in March 2020. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended mask-wearing for adults and children aged 2 years and older. Wearing masks was a new practice for teachers and children, and this study investigated when and how masks were worn in ECE centers in Florida. This study was part of a larger assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on mealtime routines in ECE centers. Two statewide surveys based on the Trust Model were sent to directors and teachers via Florida Department of Children and Families. Only teachers were interviewed. Data were collected from August to October 2020. The analysis included survey results and interview responses related to mask-wearing. (author abstract)

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