This page features COVID-19 news, updates, and resources related to early care and education programs. If you have a resource, opportunity, or update to share, please email Helen Shum at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will make continuous updates to this page.
Updates for the Early Care and Education Workforce
- Oregon businesses are now eligible for disaster loan assistance related to Coronavirus. Please note, early care and education providers who run their own operations.
- Oregon’s Early Learning Division website is providing latest updates to rules changes to child care and other early learning settings.
- CI’s letter to Oregon’s legislative committee on Coronavirus response asks for consideration of early childhood care and education needs.
- NAEYC offers guidance for states.
- NAYEC is surveying child care programs If you are facing financial and/or health impacts from the spread of the coronavirus, up to and including the closure of your program, please share your story here.
- Letter to Congress signed by 39 early care and education organizations.
- CI blog post outlining national and federal efforts to support early care and education in coronavirus response stimulus package.
Grant Opportunities and Resources for Organizations
- April 3: Applications are now being accepted for Small Business Administration loans immediately available to child care providers
- Listings for national, regional, and statewide disaster assistance.
- Prosper Portland is managing the Portland Small Business Relief Fund.
- Disaster Loan Assistance is available from the U.S. Small Business Administration: COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application
- No Kid Hungry is Providing Support Grants for Food Assistance
These emergency grants are meant to support local efforts like home delivered meals, grab and go meals programs, school and community pantries, backpack programs, and other steps to help reach children and families who lose access to meals. $1 million in emergency grants is available on a rolling basis.
- Social Justice Fund NW is opening a COVID-19 crisis fund to current and past grantees to support emergency responses. Click here for eligibility and rules.
- Oregon Community Foundation Recovery Fund will provide grants to nonprofit organizations in Oregon that are particularly affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.
- ChangeLab Solutions: an online resource page with some of the best legal and policy resources to help communities navigate the varied needs that will evolve over the coming weeks and months.
- Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, Coronavirus Resource Center (updated daily)
- Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), The FRAC Advocate’s Guide to the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) (July 2018).
- Kaiser Family Foundation: provides the latest state-level data on COVID-19 cases, provider capacity and the various policy actions that states have taken to combat the crisis.
Health and Meals Resources for Families
- Comprehensive list of food support that includes resources for adults in Oregon.
- Comprehensive list of meal support for children organized by Oregon school district.
- [Video] in 30 languages sharing important information on COVID-19 and stopping the spread. Produced by the City of Portland and Multnomah County Health Department.
- Supporting Young Children Isolated Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) from Louisiana State University.
- Child Care Aware of America: News and the latest information to help prepare families, child care providers and policymakers. Also includes ways to share your story or contact your Member of Congress.
- American Academy of Pediatrics: Tips to keep you and your family safe, prepare for school and early care and education centers closures, and reduce stigma. Also includes a list of resources.
- Salud! America: Ideas for spreading kindness during the outbreak. Real stories from schools, companies, athletes, and every day people.
Learning Resources for Children and Educators
There are a wealth of resources online and via school districts currently being circulated and with emphasis on virtual learning supports. This list will focus on learning opportunities and guidance for young children. We are actively seeking screen-free and low- or no-cost activities that can be adapted for or are designed for children and families who speak languages other than English, and/or have a disability or other special need.
- Oregon Department of Education’s guidance to support for students with special education and complex learning needs
- Guidance for educators on at home teaching and learning from PreK to third grade from the National P-3 Center
- Wide Open School is a curated set of resources by Common Sense Media. Takes the pressure off parents to organize a child’s day by offering a daily schedule of high-quality, age-appropriate lessons and activities. Parents can customize or follow the program as suggested.
- Comprehensive list of authors who are doing read-alouds and other virtual activities for children.
- Screen Sense, a set of research-based materials from Zero to Three.
- Tips for Families: Talking About the Coronavirus (online article)
- Talking to Your Children about the Coronavirus (4-minute video; en español) from Child Mind Institute.
- NAEYC’s Position Statement with the Fred Rogers Center, on Young Children and Technology, recognizing the importance of quality, developmentally appropriate content and of co-viewing and joint media engagement with parents/adults/family members.
- The U.S. Department of Education’s Early Learning and Educational Technology policy brief (which is based in part on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, NAEYC, and others).
- Checklists on Integrating Technology, from EDC, including Spanish and Chinese versions.
- U.S. Department of Education: Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak (PDF)
Share Your Story
Our communications and advocacy teams are seekimg to elevate the experiences of children, families, and the early care and education workforce. If you, or someone you know, has a story to tell about:
- the reality of operating a child care during the Coronavirus crisis
- accessing childcare as a parent who is a first responder, health care worker, or other essential position
- workforce issues related to early care and education
- community efforts to problem solve or know of someone who is going above and beyond to improve things in their community for young children and families
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