COVID-19 Resources & Updates
This page features COVID-19 news, updates, and resources related to early care and education programs. We will regularly update the resource list and remove listings that outdated/expired.
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For the Early Care and Education Workforce
For the Early Care & Education Workforce
|7.27.20||Oregon Early Learning Division Parent Survey Results on priorities for child care during COVID-19|
|7.17.20||Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici's Child Care Roundtable with Center for American Progress and experts in Oregon and across the country. [Recorded]|
|6.30.20||First Five Years Fund has created a comparison document on federal proposals for supporting early learning and child care. They will update.|
|Deadline 6.30.20||A new survey from the NAEYC has been released for child care programs and providers. Results will be used to inform advocacy efforts for early childhood care and education.
Survey in English
Survey in en Espanol
|Event is Sat, 6.27.20, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.||Child Care Grant Webinar. The Early Learning Division has opened Phase 2 Emergency Child Care Grants to all Licensed Providers and Family, Friend and Neighbor providers that receive payments from the Department of Human Services! The application opened Monday, June 22nd and closes July 10th. Every applicant who qualifies will receive a grant. Providers can register for the Oregon Emergency Child Care Grant Webinar, and registration & participation is available in English, Spanish, Russian and Chinese-Cantonese.|
|6.17.20||ELD child care provider survey results have been released. Here is the report, which says that results were used to inform updates to child care guidelines in mid-may.|
|6.15.20||Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici has issued a 21-page report on the child care crisis in Oregon. CI summary and link the report is here.|
|6.8.20||Early Learning Division has announced the second round of non-competitive grants for emergency child care providers. Deadline is July 10.|
|5.17.20||The CDC has issued a one-page guide to help child care directors and administrators decide when to re-open programs.|
|5.5.20||A coalition of organizations has created a resource for Oregon child care businesses, including one-on-one coaching support . orproviderrelief.org|
|Deadline 5.11||The state will begin accepting applications for $8 million in non-competitive grants for emergency child care providers beginning Friday, May 1. The Emergency Child Care grant program uses resources allocated to Oregon through the federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, intended to support COVID-19 response and other Child Care and Development Block Grant funds. More funding opportunities will be available at a later date.|
|4.24.20||There are now additional temporary changes to child care rules for providers of emergency care.|
|4.23.20||Oregon Emergency Board (e-board) passed $32 million worth of investments, including $10 million additional small business relief and $10 million for the Oregon Workers Relief Fund (championed by Latino Network, PCUN, and Causa).|
|4.22.20||Oregon Legal Help related to COVID-19|
|4.15.20||A set of COVID-19 resources specifically for the child care industry, including guidance on how to stay in business through the pandemic.|
|3.18.20||Oregon’s Early Learning Division website is providing latest updates to rules changes to child care and other early learning settings.|
|3.18.20||CI’s letter to Oregon’s legislative committee on Coronavirus response asks for consideration of early childhood care and education needs.|
For Organizations | Grant , Legal & Other Resources
|Deadline 8.31.20||Oregon Health Authority is offering $45 million in grants to not-for-profit organizations statewide and Oregon’s nine federally recognized Tribes and the Urban Indian Health Program to address the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of color. Funding is possible through the federal CARES act.|
|6.12.20||The Oregon Health Authority has announced funding opportunities for Community Based Organizations working on COVID-19 response. More information and details on how to apply through this link. Application review begins June 24, 2020.|
El Oregon Health Authority (OHA, por sus siglas en inglés) quisiera extender una invitación para oportunidades de financiamiento a organizaciones comunitarias (CBOs, por sus siglas en inglés) en todo el Estado de Oregón.
|Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington have pulled together a great comprehensive list of Foundation grant opportunities related to COVID-19.|
|IRCO’s interpretation and translation services are still available to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.|
When you use our pre-scheduled Telephonic Interpretation Service, you will be using only Oregon interpreters and supporting the local economy. A new Video Interpretation Service is available and accessible 24/7 without pre-scheduling. Documents translated for over 100 languages.
Interpretation Services: firstname.lastname@example.org | 971.271.6482
Translation Services: email@example.com | 971.271.6481
Another recommended translation service is https://www.daytranslations.com
|A coalition of organizations is working on resources to support Oregon’s child care workforce.|
|Listings for national, regional, and statewide disaster assistance.|
|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.|
|Closed to applications. Accepting donations.||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.|
|Oregon Community Foundation Recovery Fund will provide grants to nonprofit organizations in Oregon that are particularly affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.|
|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 & Meals (Includes Physical & Mental Health)
MH = Mental Health
PH= Physical Health
|6.29.20||American Academy of Pediatrics has issued guidance on school reopening that prioritizes in-person return in the fall. NPR offers a high level overview of the document.||MH, PH|
|Event Dates: 6.30, 7.23, 8.11.2020||Oregon Health Forum is hosting a three-part series on school reopenings in context of COVID-19. $30/session with discounts for multiple sessions. Guests will include schools chief, Colt Gill, Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, and Gov.Kate Brown.||MH, PH|
|6.8.20||Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University has just released its working paper on the connection between early health and lifelong health, including reflections in the context of COVID-19.||MH, PH|
|6.1.20||Webinar recording, slide deck and summary here. Dr. Jacqueline Jones of Foundation for Child Development moderated a conversation exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young children and strategies and resources that can help support children’s emotional well-being. Features Elena Rivera from Children's Institute.||MH|
|5.8.20||Our partners at the Campaign for Grade Level Reading have produced a helpful video guide for parents navigating the pandemic with young children. Navigating the New Normal is chock full of practical and reassuring advice from the likes of Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, the Surgeon General of California and hosted by Jamie-Lynn Sigler.||MH, PH|
|Event is 5.15||Oregon Pediatric Society is hosting a live Q & A session on May 15, providing a forum for parents and caregivers to ask questions of pediatricians around the state about children’s health and safety during COVID-19. This session is just one of the many ways OPS is encouraging families to return to their pediatricians, especially with significant and alarming decreases in well-child patient visits and vaccinations since February.|
We welcome families and child health providers from around the state to attend this live Zoom forum, and send us their questions. Registration is here.
|4.22.20||The most comprehensive food and meals assistance guide we know of is this one from Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon.||F|
|Coronavirus/COVID-19) Informacion en Lenguas Originarias/Lenguas Indigenas|
COVID-19 Recursos para Comunidades Indocumentadas| Covid 19 resources for Undocumented Communities This is a spreadsheet of national resources & resources by state that are available to immigrant communities.
|CDC guide on helping children cope in emergencies||MH, PH|
|Online Symptom Checker for COVID-19 will allow local health officials to track and triage suspected cases and guide users to appropriate treatment options. Multiple languages.||PH|
|[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.||PH|
|National Association of School Psychologists: How to Talk to Children about COVID-19||MH|
|Supporting Young Children Isolated Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) from Louisiana State University.||MH|
|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.||MH, PH|
|Tips for Families: Talking About the Coronavirus||MH, PH|
Education & Learning Resources
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.
|Updated||Resource||A = All
SN= Special Needs
|8.11.20||ODE has issued a new guide that addresses equity in distance learning, with a focus on aligning federal and state requirements. This document should serve as a companion document to the Ready Schools, Safe Learner Guidance previously released.|
|7.2.20||Stand for Children has created a resource guide filled with actions that school districts can take to keep the academic success and emotional well-being of students at the forefront as decisions are made ahead of the 2020-21 academic year.||ALL|
|5.19.20||Johns Hopkins Medicine: Guidance for caregivers supporting children on the autism spectrum during COVID-19.||SN|
|5.19.20||PBS Kids: A tool that suggests activities and resources based on a child’s age and selected topic. Choices include topics like literacy, math, and science as well as emotions, self-awareness, and social skills.||A|
|5.19.29||Sesame Street has also launched the Caring for Each Other initiative in response to COVID-19, which includes messages and activities from and with characters on the show.||A|
|5.19.20||Child Mind Institute: Resources for dealing with anxiety and supporting children on the spectrum and children with ADHD.||SN|
|5.19.20||Jumpstart: Bilingual (English/Spanish) storybook read-alouds and activity guides.||ML|
|5.5.20||Fact Oregon is offering a set of resources (English and Spanish) for those navigating distance learning for children with disabilities and other special needs, including webinars and parent guidance on IEPs.||ML, SN|
|Vroom, a set of online tips, tools, and resources focused on early childhood brain-building. Offers a mobile app. Developed with input from early childhood experts, neuroscientists, parents, and community leaders, and Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child||A|
|Oregon Department of Education’s guidance to support students with special education and complex learning needs||SN|
|Guidance for educators on at home teaching and learning from PreK to third grade from the National P-3 Center||A|
|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.||A|
|Comprehensive list of authors who are doing read-alouds and other virtual activities for children.||A, ML. SN|
|Screen Sense, a set of research-based materials from Zero to Three.||A|
|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.||A|
|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).||A|
|Checklists on Integrating Technology, from EDC, including Spanish and Chinese versions||A, ML|
|U.S. Department of Education: Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak (PDF)||SN|
Multicultural & Multi-language Support
NOTE: Our partner, IRCO’s interpretation and translation services are still available to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.When you use IRCO’s pre-scheduled Telephonic Interpretation Service, you will be using Oregon interpreters and supporting the local economy. Video Interpretation Service is available and accessible 24/7 without pre-scheduling. Document translation available in 100 languages.
Another recommended translation service is https://www.daytranslations.com
|6.12.20||El Oregon Health Authority (OHA, por sus siglas en inglés) quisiera extender una invitación para oportunidades de financiamiento a organizaciones comunitarias (CBOs, por sus siglas en inglés) en todo el Estado de Oregón.|
|5.19.20||Jumpstart: Bilingual (English/Spanish) storybook read-alouds and activity guides.|
|5.19.20||Think Indigenous, a Canadian organization, has developed an online K–8 classroom “for students to continue to access Indigenous education from their home.” On the corresponding YouTube channel, videos cover topics ranging from Indigenous sign language to archery to 19th-century resistance movements. On its Facebook page, Think Indigenous offers lessons and podcasts, as well as talks from guest speakers. Earlier this year, the group’s work was featured in a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. article.
|5.19.20||The goal of the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) “is to continuously support our communities, especially during this new era of distance/online learning.” To that end, NIEA has compiled lists of digital learning activities and resources. The pre-K–8 activities were developed in collaboration with IllumiNative, a Native-led nonprofit seeking to increase the visibility of Native peoples in America by changing the national narrative. The resources are geared toward schools, educators, parents/caregivers, and communities.|
|5.19.20||Based in Minnesota, 7 Generation Games develops games and apps that teach students about Native culture, as well as math and history. Starting March 16 and until U.S. schools reopen, the company has made all its games and apps available for free.|
|Native Wellness Institute offers a variety of resources on their website, including downloadable materials for kids and links to videos. It also hosts a Native Wellness Power Hour on Facebook|
|Coronavirus/COVID-19) Informacion en Lenguas Originarias/Lenguas Indigenas|
|COVID-19 Recursos para Comunidades Indocumentadas| Covid 19 resources for Undocumented Communities This is a spreadsheet of national resources & resources by state that are available to immigrant communities.|
|Tune in to Noticias y Respuestas en Tiempos de Pandemia on Radio Poder at 98.3 FM every day from 2-2:30pm. This Spanish-language show provides excellent news and information for families, workers, and communities impacted by COVID-19. You can also stream online at: turadiopoder.org.|
|Sintonice el programa Noticias y Respuestas en Tiempos de Pandemia de Radio Poder en 98.3 FM todos los días de 2 a 2:30 p.m. Este programa en español ofrece excelentes noticias e información para familias, trabajadores y comunidades afectadas por COVID-19. También se puede escuchar online en: turadiopoder.org|
|[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.|
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