Child Care Aware® of America has launched a new initiative, the Emergency Child Care & Technical Assistance Center™, to support the entire child care community during the COVID-19 crisis, and beyond. Below are our technical assistance resources for Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies and other systems-level leaders.
What is the impact so far of the COVID-19 outbreak on child care throughout the U.S.?
CCAoA has heard from child care providers around the country who are very concerned about the impact of the coronavirus on the families they serve, their staff and their business. Child care providers need support. While this is a quickly evolving situation, we’re listening closely to the needs of providers and sharing their voices with policymakers. Know a provider willing to share their story with us? Ask them to submit a story.
We’re currently mapping states’ response to the pandemic— whether child care is open only for essential workers, open but with revised regulations, etc. —which you can find on our State by State Map. You can also click on this page of our State Policy and Ratio Table to understand how state policies of child care have changed over the last few months.
How can CCR&R agencies and other systems-level leaders support child care providers at this time?
We know that CCR&R and other systems-level leaders are working closely with child care providers and families in their communities. To support your work, Child Care Aware® of America has created a suite of resources for both providers and families.
One of the most popular resources for child care programs has been our Grab ‘n’ Go Resources which help directors stand up or bolster existing infectious disease response plans. The resources also include templates and sample letters about enhanced health and safety measures or closures.
We are committed to supporting our member organizations across the country through the development of resources, tips and tools for the child care community. As child care programs across the country are reopening, CCR&Rs can use this infographic to guide conversations with providers in their community and state and offer considerations when reopening after the pandemic or transitioning back to daily operations after providing emergency child care for essential personnel. Also available in Spanish.
What business supports are available for child care professionals?
The following resources may be helpful for CCR&R and other leaders to share with providers who may be financially struggling at this time.
- Here are some suggested collaborations (PDF download) that have worked in some communities. Also available in Spanish. We know that obtaining program supplies is a key challenge for child care programs right now.
- Types of Cash Help For Providers and CCR&Rs During the Coronavirus Pandemic resource. Also available in Spanish.
- The Administration for Children and Families recently released guidance on Temporarily Repurposing Head Start and Early Head Start Centers- Partnering to Support Emergency Child Care During the COVID-19 Crisis.
Federal Funding Opportunities
- The U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance Program – The SBA can provide up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses to small businesses facing an economic injury that it wouldn’t have faced had the disaster not occurred. Small businesses and most nonprofits are eligible.
- Learn more about the program in this explainer from the Bipartisan Policy Institute.
- The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Medicaid and CHIP Provisions Explained
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a guide dedicated to Coronavirus Emergency Loans Guide and Checklist for Small Businesses and Nonprofits which addresses common questions such as how much you can borrow, what lenders are looking for and eligibility.
- The U.S. Treasury posted this Paycheck Protection Act fact sheet and their website will continue to post new guidance as the agency develops it.
Should child care programs in your area stay open?
Early in the COVID-19 crisis, CCAoA developed a decision flow diagram to aid decision making surrounding temporarily closing child care programs due to health and safety concerns. This diagram was adapted from a school-age program decision aid developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Now, that we’re months into the pandemic, we’ve created a series of blog posts to address continued concerns around reopening, especially as we approach the beginning of a new school year:
- When and How to Reopen Child Care Programs
- Whether to Close or Stay Open: One of the Hardest Decisions in Child Care
- The CDC’s Guidelines for Child Care Programs that Remain Open. It should be used in conjunction with CDC’s guidance for administrators of child care programs and K-12 schools and does not supersede state and local laws and policies for child care programs.
- When to Keep Your Child Home from Child Care – from the American Academy of Pediatrics, this page summarizes the AAP’s formal recommendations around when it’s ok to bring your child to child care and what conditions prevent them from attending.
What are federal and state policymakers doing in response to COVID-19 to protect the child care community?
How can you support families during the pandemic?
The best way that child care professionals can provide support to families is by sharing related resources on how to talk with children about this stressful time. CCAoA created a separate resource hub for families. Please share these resources with the families you serve.
- Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress has created two helpful documents, Discussing Coronavirus with Children (PDF Download) and Finding the Right Words (PDF Download)
- National Head Start Association funding opportunity for states and their communities (PDF Download)
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