Child care and early childhood education has historically had inequities that impact student readiness as students enter kindergarten. Students without consistent access to high-quality early education, whether in the home or a child care center, often enter kindergarten behind their peers with greater access. These inequities have been furthered by COVID-19, as many child care centers were forced to close, and many parents struggled to balance work with high-quality educational opportunities for young children. As students enter kindergarten, these challenges are even more present, as students not only have to adjust to full-time schooling, but also are faced with either virtual learning or non-traditional in-person learning. This session will discuss challenges early childhood and kindergarten teachers are facing in providing students with a high-quality, equitable education, and state-level solutions for addressing some of these challenges.