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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 We will make continuous updates to this page. 

Updates for the Early Care and Education Workforce
  • Oregon’s Early Learning Division website is providing latest updates to rules changes to child care and other early learning settings.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

  • Screen Sense, a set of research-based materials from Zero to Three.
  • 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.


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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