By Zaidee Stavely
Walk into a California preschool during the coronavirus pandemic, and you might see children playing alone inside their own hula hoop.
Gone are family-style meals and snacks where children serve themselves. And no more sharing toys.
Some of the state’s new guidelines for child care facilities, like keeping children six feet apart, seem at odds with the main goal of early education, which is focused on helping children feel safe and loved, and learn to play and talk with both other children and adults.