COVID-19 TOPICS

 

As the Covid-19 response evolves on a state and national level, our allies are sharing their expertise and resources on a variety of specific topics. We are compiling many of those shares here and are arranging them by policy area, so our state advocates can find the latest expertise and information quickly. 

 

WHAT COMES NEXT

 

Communications

 

State Messaging Quick Guide: Calling for New Investment in Essential Child Care Infrastructure
Updated May 8, 2020

As we turn our focus from emergency child care to building a strong early care system for the future, it is important to frame child care as a fundamental necessity that requires significant and smart investment. This guide gives an overview of talking about child care as infrastructure and includes sample language, talking points, tips and sample social media posts. 

 

New York Times (5/20) Your Day Care Probably Won’t Survive the Coronavirus

Save the Children Action Network (5/14) Editorial by New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham and  Mark Shriver, COVID-19 Is Threatening the Child Care Industry. We Must Save It.

The Hill (5/15) Editorial by Cindy Cisneros, CED, Working parents could face lack of child care as the economy restarts

ChildCareReflief.org (5/12) By The Numbers: State-by-State Fact Sheets on COVID-19 and Child Care

NAEYC (5/6) Blog: There’s No Going Back: Child Care after COVID-19

The Nation (4/17) We Can’t Save the Economy Without Universal Child Care

Blog by Marsha Basloe, NC Child Care Services Association (4/28) - Child Care Is an Essential Service—But a New Business Model Is Needed

Frameworks Institute (4/20), Framing COVID-19: Talking About What Comes Next, as well as the full series on framing COVID

Grassroots Movement for Child Care and Early Education (4/22), #Movement4Childcare Week of Action

Florida Chamber/Children's Movement of Florida (4/20), A Too-Hidden Key to a More Rapid Recovery: If We Want People Back to Work Quickly after COVID-19, Child Care Must Become a Priority

 

Open Strong

 

General Information and Guidance


Home Grown’s State Leadership and Administrator Guide created to facilitate and promote prioritization of supports for home-based child care 

Colorado (4/21)     Illinois (5/22)    Massachusetts (5/7)     Missouri (5/1)    Ohio (4/27) and (4/27)    Pennsylvania (4/23)    Rhode Island (4/29)     VIrginia (5/13)    West Virginia (4/24)

 

Liability Issues

Utah (5/4)   Oregon (3/25)

 

Build It Stronger

 

Capita (4/27) Elliot Haspel's A (Mostly Serious) 10-year Plan to Transform U.S. Child Care 

Home Grown’s State Leadership and Administrator Guide created to facilitate and promote prioritization of supports for home-based child care

Bipartisan Policy Center (4/23) Recommendations for Home-Based Child Care Networks 

Opportunities Exchange (4/20), Reinvent vs. Rebuild: Let’s Fix the Child Care System, by Louise Stoney  

Opportunities Exchange (4/20) Defining Staffed Family Child Care Networks

State Actions

Virginia (4/29)    Louisianna (4/30)     Ohio (5/1)     Vermont (5/1
 

 

 

FEDERAL ACTION AND ADVOCACY CALLS FOR ACTION

 

Enacted Legislation

 

SENATE-PASSED CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY ACT (CARES ACT) (3/25/20)

Phase 1: HR 6074: Coronavirus Preparedness & Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, signed into law on March 6, 2020  

Phase 2: HR 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law on March 19, 2020

Phase 3: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

Phase 3: Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act (introduced in the House of Representatives March 23, 2020)

Families First Coronavirus "Families First" Act 

 

Summaries or Interpretations of Legislation

 

Bellwether Education Partners (4/30) Governors Emergency Education Relief Fund

National Governors Association (4/30) Governors Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER)

Bellwether Education Partners (4/30) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund 

EducationCounsel (4/17) – Governors Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) in the CARES Act 

First Five Years Fund (4/17) – Education Stabilization Fund in the CARES Act

Bipartisan Policy Center (4/2) CCDBG in the CARES Act

First Five Years Fund (4/2) Overview of Child Care Relief Included in the CARES Act

CLASP (4/2) Overview of Child Care Provisions in the CARES Act for State Child Care Administrators

Senate Appropriations, Summary of the Senate-passed CARES Act

NCSL (3/25), COVID-19 Stimulus Bill: What It Means for States

 

Calls for Action

 

First Focus Campaign for Children (4/21) Letter to Congressional Leaders with Policy Recommendations

CLASP/National Immigration Law Center (NILC) (4/17) Sign-on Letter to Congress Urging Protections and Services for Immigrant and Undocumented Populations in Covid-19 Pandemic relief legislation 

National Home Visiting Coalition (4/9), Sign-on Letter in Support of MIECHV flexibility and emergency funding

National Head Start Association (4/12) State Policy Agenda

ZERO TO THREE (4/3), Updated Legislative Recommendations for Infants and Toddlers During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

ZERO TO THREE (4/3), Call to Take Action

First Five Years Fund (3/17), Urgent Request to Congress for Child Care Sector in COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Package

National Diaper Bank Network (3/19), Sign On Letter Asking Congress to Create an Emergency Grant Program for States and Organizations to Fund Diaper Distribution

Main Street Alliance (3/19), Urgent Policy Needs to Support Small Business

Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting Initiatives (ASTHVI)(3/17), Letter to HRSA Regarding MIECHV Home Visiting Programs and Services

ZERO TO THREE (3/20) Ten Legislative Recommendations for Infants and Toddlers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) (3/20) Recommendations for congressional action to address the needs of providers, workers, families and children.

National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) (3/25) Recommendations on home-based child care providers.

 

Guidance from Federal Agencies

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture:

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Using USDA Food During a Human Pandemic Outbreak: Options for Schools and Communities

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Child Nutrition Program Waiver Request Guidance and Protocol - Revised

U.S. Department of Agriculture: USDA/Food and Nutrition Services, FNS Actions to Respond to COVID-19

 

U.S. Department of Education: 

US Department of Education (3/25), Guidance re: Special Education Services

US Department of Education (3/19) - Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak

 

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:

HHS (3/25), Guidance Regarding Telehealth

 

Administration for Children and Families:

Administration for Children and Families, Flexibility in Spending CCDF Funds in Response to Federal or State Declared Emergency Situations

Administration for Children and Families, CCDF Frequently Asked Questions in Response to COVID-19

Administration for Children and Families, CSBG Dear Colleague 2020-15 Partnership to Address COVID-19 Spread

Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, Coronavirus Prevention and Response

 

Center for Disease Control:

Center for Disease Control (CDC), Interim guidance for Administrators of US Child Care Programs and Public Schools

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC’s general COVID-19 website

 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (4/02) COVID-19 FAQs for State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Agencies

Medicaid/CHIP, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies 

 

Office of Head Start:

Office of Head Start (4/10) Updated Guidance for Grantees

Office of Head Start (3/18), Guidance on Wages and Benefits

Office of Head Start, Guidance on Wages and Benefits

 

Office of Child Care:

Overview and Guidance on the Supplemental CCDF Discretionary Funds Made Available Through the CARES Act (4/29)

Letter from the Office of Child Care for CCDF Lead Agencies: Relevant Flexibility on CCDF law (3/13)

 

 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security:

Federal Emergency Management Agency:

FEMA’s Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (3/30) - This document includes a designation of child care as an eligible cost for emergency workers.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Coronavirus: Make Infection Control a Priority

 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development:

HUD, COVID-19 FAQs for the Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), including the Project-Based Voucher Program (PBV)) and Native American Programs

Community Development Block Grant, Quick Guide to CDBG Eligible Activities to Support Infectious Disease Response 

 

 

U.S. Small Business Administration:

US Small Business Administration, SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

 

U.S. Department of the Treasury:

Internal Revenue Service

IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief Resource Page (3/23)

 

FEMA

Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (5/4) 

 

White House:

White House, National Emergency Declaration  

 

 

Letters from State Allies to Elected Officials

 


State Advocacy Calls to Action
Last Updated April 13, 2020

This collection of excerpts comes from letters that state advocates sent to their elected and agency officials. They represent a summary of the calls to action for state policy change. 

 

 

Arkansas (3/31)    Colorado (3/21) and (4/6)    Florida (4/1)      Florida (3/23)     Georgia (3/23)     Hawai'i (3/23)     Idaho (3/18) and (3/18)     Illinois (3/13)      Missouri (3/20)      Nebraska (3/20)      Nevada (3/17)     New Hampshire (3/29)      New Jersey (3/22)    New York (3/27)    North Carolina (3/27) (3/25)      Oregon (3/27) and (3/29)    Pennsylvania (3/24)      Texas (3/27) and (4/8)    Virginia (3/17)     Virginia (4/1)    Washington (4/7)    Wisconsin (3/31)   Wyoming (5/1)

 

Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting Initiatives (3/16), Letter to Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Services

The Ounce, State Policy Recommendations in Light of COVID-19 - The Ounce, in partnership with the Educare Learning Network, has developed a set of policy recommendations that advocates can share to urge state and local governments and systems leaders to support families and programs affected by this ongoing health crisis.
 
 
Research: Polls and Surveys

 

Family Data: Surveys

Florida     Georgia     Massachusetts   Virginia    Washington

Family Data: Findings

California      DC     Louisiana     New York      Montana   

Provider Data: Surveys

Kentucky 

Provider Data: Findings

California     Louisiana     Mississippi     Nebraska     New Jersey     Oregon     South Carolina

NAEYC, A State-by-State Look at the Ongoing Effects of the Pandemic on Child Care

National Data: Findings

Urban Institute (5/21) Parents Are Struggling to Provide for Their Families during the Pandemic

University of Oregon (weekly) Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Impact on Development, Early Childhood Household Survey (weekly)

Bipartisan Policy Center (4/10) Nationwide Survey: Child Care in the Time of Coronavirus

 

 

 

CHILD CARE

 

Alliance for Early Success, Editorial (4/10), Early Childhood Educators in America: Through the Lens of a Pandemic

Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers

 

 

States' Approaches to Providing Emergency Child Care to Essential Workers
Last Updated April 24, 2020

In major disasters, states often designate workers in certain industries as essential to the health and safety of the populace. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many states have recognized that without child care, these essential workers cannot perform their duties and service. In response, state policymakers have developed emergency child care programs for this workforce. This brief discusses key decision points that state leaders have to make and the varying approaches taken thus far.

 

 

General Information

Century Foundation (4/30) States are Stepping Up with Emergency Child Care Solutions for Front Line Essential Personnel in Response to COVID-19

Rutgers Pediatrics Early Education Working Group (4/16) Recommendations for Safer, Effective Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers

ZERO TO THREE (4/10) Considerations for Infants and Toddlers in Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers

FEMA (3/31) Fact Sheet on Child Care Assistance

California (4/4)   Colorado (4/2)    Connecticut (4/24)    Delaware (4/15)     Florida (4/13)    Illinois (4/5)    Kentucky (3/19)   Maine (3/27)   Maryland (3/17)    Massachusetts (3/21)   Minnesota (3/27)   Montana (4/1)   Michigan (3/18)    Minnesota (3/26)    Nevada (3/29)   New Hampshire (3/17)(3/30)   New Jersey (3/16)   New Mexico (3/16)    New York (4/23)   North Carolina (3/27)    North Dakota (4/1)    Ohio (3/18)   Oregon (3/25)   Rhode Island (3/25)   Tennessee (4/17)   Texas (3/26)   Vermont (3/17)   Virginia (3/25) and (4/15)   West Virginia (3/25)  Wisconsin (3/19)

Defining Essential Workers

California (3/22)   Colorado (3/26)    Connecticut (3/20)    Delaware (4/16)    DC (3/26)    Florida (4/17)   Illinois (4/1)   Maryland (3/27)   Massachusetts (3/31)   Michigan (3/18)   Minnesota (4/17)    Mississippi (4/15)   New Hampshire (3/29)   New Jersey (3/25)    New Mexico (3/25)   New York (5/10)   North Dakota (4/1)    Ohio  (3/25)    Tennessee (4/17)    Vermont (3/18)    Virginia (3/25) and (4/15)    Wisconsin (3/31)

Surveying Demand and Supply

Colorado (3/30)    Massachusetts (3/29)    Maine (4/7)   Michigan (3/31) (3/31)     New Mexico (4/1)    New York (4/2) and (4/2)   Rhode Island (3/29) and (3/29)   Vermont (3/31)    Wisconsin (3/29)   

Changes to Licensing, Subsidy, and Other Regulations

Home Grown’s State Leadership and Administrator Guide created to facilitate and promote prioritization of supports for home-based child care

California (3/16)   Delaware (3/19)    Ohio (3/18)    Michigan (3/18)    New Jersey (3/16)    New York (3/18) and (3/19)     Wisconsin (3/30)   

School-Aged Children

Maryland (3/17)  New Mexico (3/24)   North Carolina (3/18)

General Authority to Change Policies and Regluation

Colorado (3/18)    Delaware (3./19)    Maine (3/24)   Maryland (3/13)  Michigan (3/24)   Vermont (3/17)  

Eligibility for Emergency Child Care

Oregon (4/5)   Virginia (3/19)    New York (4/23)    North Carolina (4/3)  

 

Payments By Families

Maryland (3/17) and  (3/27)   Massachusetts (3/30)   North Carolina (3/25) (4/3)   Texas (3/25)   Virginia (3/31)   West Virginia (3/24)    Oregon (3/30)

Payments to Providers

Colorado (4/2)    Connecticut (4/24)    Illinois (3/30) and (4/4)   Michigan (3/30)   New Jersey (3/18)   New Mexico (3/24)   North Carolina (3/25) and (4/3)    Virginia (4/15)    West Virginia (3/24)   

Health Care and COVID-19 Testing/Treatment

Georgetown Center for Children and Families (4/8) Medicaid, CHIP, and COVID-19 Webinar

Massachusetts (3/24)   Minnesota (4/13)   New Mexico (3/18)    Oregon (4/21)

Securing Food and Supplies

Massachusetts (3/20)    New Mexico (3/30)    Vermont (4/10)

Expediting Background Checks

California (3/16)   Louisiana (3/19)   Montana (4/1)   New Mexico (3/24)   Ohio (3/25) 

Municipal Responses

New York City, NY (3/16)    San Francisco, CA (3/13)

 

Family Child Care / Family Friend and Neighbor Child Care

 

Summaries

 

Alliance for Early Success (UPDATED 4/30), Key Questions and Resources for Family Child Care and Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

 

 

General Guidance for Policies, Benefits, and Funding That May Support FCC

CLASP (4/30) Using Coronavirus Relief Funds to Support Relative Caregivers  

Home Grown’s State Leadership and Administrator Guide created to facilitate and promote prioritization of supports for home-based child care

Bipartisan Policy Center (4/23) Recommendations for Home-Based Child Care Networks 

National Women’s Law Center (4/20)  Ensuring Home-Based Child Care Providers Can Access New and Expanded Federal Benefits

New Mexico Kids (4/17) Becoming an Emergency Child Care Provider, including guidance for family child care and FFN providers 

National Women’s Law Center (3/2020), Supporting Home-based Child Care Providers During the Coronavirus Crisis 

National Association for Family Child Care (3/2020), State and Local Recommendations to Sustain and Support Family Child Care Providers

Illinois, Recent guidance is specific and clear about inclusion of licensed and license-exempt home-based child care 

Child Care Aware of Washington and Child Care Resources, Recommendations for State Policy inclusive of needs of home-based child care and the families that choose these providers

Home Grown (3/2020) Home-Based Child Care Emergency Fund

Co-Sponsored Family Child Care Webinar (3/3030), Addressing the Policy Needs of Family Child Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic, sponsored by All Our Kin, AFSCME, Alliance for Early Success, Child Care Aware of America, MBST Solutions, National Association for the Education of Young Children, National Association for Family Child Care, National Women's Law Center, SEIU, and ZERO TO THREE

California Law Center (3/20), FAQ on COVID-19 crisis 
 
State Actions

California (3/2020), Executive Order from the Governor allowing local jurisdictions to halt evictions, foreclosures and utility shut offs
 
Unemployment Benefits

Alliance for Early Success (4/3/2020), Webinar on unemployment benefits

Alliance for Early Success (4/3/2020), Compiled Q&A on Unemployment Benefits from webinar

Tom Copeland (4/2020), Questions and Answers about Unemployment Benefits for Family Child Care Providers 
 
General Business Support for Child Care Providers

CED (4/16) Podcast: How Child Care Businesses Can Survive COVID-19—Considerations for Family Child Care Homes

Tom Copeland (4/6) What Grants and Loans are Available to Family Child Care Providers?

Tom Copeland (4/10) What if You Don’t Have a Business Checking Account When You Apply for a PPP Loan? 

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation  (4/6) Evening webinar for family child care programs impacted by COVID-19 recording and slides

First Children’s Finance (3/27), Guide for Minnesota, Iowa and Michigan during COVID-19 crisis 

Opportunities Exchange (4/7), An organization that seeks to facilitate change across the early care and education (ECE) system on two levels: by providing technical assistance to ECE providers interested in transforming the business of early care and education to improve child outcomes, and by shaping public policy and finance to incentivize high quality, sustainable ECE for young children. 

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (4/7), LISC's COVID-19 response page
 
Sources of Small Business TA 

Find the Small Business Development Centers in your state

Find the Women’s Business Development Centers in your state 

Find the Certified Development Financial Institutions in your state

Guidance for ECE Programs That Remain Open (Safety, Pay, etc)

 

Centers for Disease Control (4/1), For Child Care Programs That Remain Open

California (3/20) and (4/15)     Connecticut (3/31)    DC (3/21), (3/13)   Idaho (3/17) (3/17)   Kansas (3/3)    Louisiana (3/19)   Maine (3/23) and (4/7)     Missouri (3/20)    New Mexico (3/24)     Oklahoma (3/24)     Oregon (3/25)    Tennessee (3/24)    Utah (4/1)    Vermont (3/10)    Virginia (4/5) and (4/9)     Washington (3/17)    Wisconsin (3/15) (3/18)

 

Changes to/Flexibility for State Child Care Regulations

 

Alliance for Early Success (4/24) - Summary of Child Care Subsidy and Payment Changes in Response to COVID-19 

ACF Office of Child Care, FAQs in response to COVID-19 (3/13)

ACF Office of Child Care, Office of Child Care COVID-19 Resources (3/13)

By State: 

Alabama (3/16)   Arkansas (3/18)   California (4/15)   Colorado (3/18)    Connecticut (3/20)    DC (3/23)    Idaho (3/16)   Illinois (3/21) (3/21)    Louisiana (3/19)   Maryland (3/17)   New Jersey (3/18)   North Carolina (3/17(3/18)   Ohio (3/13) (3/17) (3/18) (3/24)   Oklahoma (3/25) (3/24) (3/24)   Pennsylvania (3/14)    Utah (3/16)   Vermont (3/21)   Virginia (3/18) and (4/15)    Washington (4/5)    Wisconsin (3/25) (3/25) 

 

States' Use of CCDBG Funding from CARES Act

 

Connecticut (4/24)    Georgia (4/30)    Idaho (5/1)    Iowa (5/5)   Kansas (4/15)    Louisiana (4/15)    Maine (4/22)    Michigan (5/1)    Minnesota (4/30)    Missouri (5/6)    New Mexico (5/12)   New York (4/23)    Tennessee (4/17)    Texas (5/5)   Utah (4/20)    Virginia (4/15)    Washington (5/8

See also Bipartisan Policy Center, State by State Use of CARES Act Supplemental CCDBG Funds

 

Status of Child Care Closures

 

Child Care Aware of America, Regularly Updated State by State info - including closures

 

 

 

COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORTS

 

Health Care and Telehealth

 

Manatt (5/8) Tracking Telehealth Changes State-by-State in Response to COVID-19

Georgetown Center for Children and Families (4/8) Medicaid, CHIP, and Covid-19 Webinar

Illinois Early Intervention Program (4/6) Policy and procedures for "live video visits" with families in the Part C Early Intervention program 

Kaiser Family Foundation (3/26), Medicaid Emergency Authority Tracker: Approved State Actions to Address COVID-19

Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) (3/26) Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Impact on Pregnant Women Covered by Medicaid and CHIP 

Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) (3/26) CMS Guidance Clarifies that Families First COVID-19 Response Bill’s FMAP Increase Will Benefit CHIP Too 

Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) (3/25) First Coronavirus Response Act Freezes Disenrollment in Medicaid

HHS (3/25) Guidance Relaxing HIPAA Requirements about Confidentiality and Platforms

Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) (3/25) How Would the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Help Protect People and Public Health

Center for American Progress (3/24), The U.S. Coronavirus Response Must Meet Health Workers’ Child Care Needs

Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) (3/22), Families First Coronavirus Response Act Medicaid and CHIP Provisions Explained

Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) (3/21), Are states providing health insurance access to essential child care workers who don’t have it?

Center for Children and Families (CCF) Coronavirus Resource Center (3/21)

Doxy.me (3/21), Several states are investigating this free teleheath platform that is HIPAA compliant.

Kaiser Family Foundation (3/20) - How Can Medicaid Enhance State Capacity to Respond to COVID-19? 

Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (3/20) - New Web Page for COVID-19

Child Trends (3/19), Resources and Recommendations Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-Being

Guidance from Texas on Using Telehealth for Early Intervention (Part C) (3/19) 

CMS (3/18), COVID-19 FAQs for State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies

Medicaid Covers Testing for the Uninsured and Undocumented (3/16) - Immigrants tested for COVID-19 will not by subject to the public charge rule. Roll Call story and ICE guidance

Joint Letter from Illinois Health and Early Care Advocates (3/13) - The letter contains recommendations regarding Medicaid and other health programs.

Medicaid Telehealth Guidance (3/17) - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services have released Medicaid Telehealth Guidance to states.The homepage for general Medicaid Telehealth Guidance is here. Information about telehealth for pregnant women is here

Kaiser Family Foundation (2/26) - Telemedicine and Pregnancy Care

COVID, HIPAA and Telehealth - Guidance from HHS, 2/20 Bulletin: HIPAA Privacy and Novel Coronavirus

 

Home Visiting/MIECHV

 

Nurse Family Partnership (4/16) Webinar: Resilience and Flexibility Responding to the COVID 19 Pandemic

Ounce of Prevention (4/6), Guidance for Coordinated Intake Provider

Ounce of Prevention (4/6), Virtual Visit Guidance

Ounce of Prevention (4/6), Virtual Visit FAQ

ZERO TO THREE (4/2), States across the nation are taking steps to support home visiting programs as they continue working with families virtually during the COVID-19 public health crisis. 

Child Trends (3/29), During the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth can help connect home visiting services to families

National Home Visiting Alliance (3/25), COVID-19 Guidance. This includes resources pertaining to 10 home visiting models and their response to Covid-19.

HRSA (3/25), Updated Guidance Regarding MIECHV/ Home Visiting

Family Connects (3/25), Guidance re: COVID-19  

National Home Visiting Coalition (3/24), Statement on COVID-19 and Requests for Emergency Funding

HealthySteps Network (3/24), Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources

Missouri Department of Education (3/20) - Guidance regarding Parents as Teachers programs

ZERO TO THREE (3/18) - Recommendations regarding MIECHV and home visiting

HRSA (3/17) - MIECHV Program Update

Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting Initiatives (ASTHVI) (3/17) - Letter to HRSA regarding MIECHV home visiting programs and services 

The Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalition (3/16) - FAHSC Guidance for MIECHV to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

 

Serving Children with Special Needs (Part B and Part C)

 

Illinois Early Intervention Program (4/6) Illinois Part C Early Intervention Live Video Visits (i.e. EI Teletherapy) during COVID-19 Pandemic   

Education Law Center (3/25) U.S. Department of Education Affirms State Obligation to Provide Special Education During School Closures 

Education Week (3/24), Blog post on attempts to push language granting the US DOE the authority to waive important statutory and regulatory requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 

HealthySteps Network (3/23), Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources for the HealthySteps Network

US Department of Education (3/23), Supplemental Fact Sheet on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak 

US Department of Education (3/19), Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (3/18), Q&A on Providing Services to Children with Disabilites

By State: 

Colorado (3/18)   Louisiana (3/19)   Texas (3/19)

 

Child Welfare

 

Commissioner Jerry Milner, Children’s Bureau, Chronicle for Social Change (4/7) - “Family is a Compelling Reason” 

Voices for Utah’s Children (4/7) - Child Welfare/Juvenile Justice System Covid-19 Resources

National Child Abuse Coalition  (4/6), Sign-on Letter Urging Congress to Enact Policies and Increase Funding for Child Welfare Programs 

ABA (3/26) Guidance on Platforms for Child Visitation

FamilyFirstAct.org (3/25), Resources on Child Welfare Issues & Covid-19 

Voices for Virginia's Children (3/19) - Recommendations: Foster Care and Covid-19

Children’s Bureau (3/24), A Message on COVID-19

Child Welfare League of America (3/24), Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information, News, & Resources for Child Welfare Professionals and Others

Child Welfare League of America (3/24), Recommendations

 

Safety Net Benefits for Families (or Providers):

 

Food and Nutrition Service (3/26), Waiver authority allowing parents to pick up food for their children

CLASP (3/23), New fact sheet highlighting important nutrition provisions for families with young children in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

National Low-Income Housing Coalition (3/19) - Ensuring Housing Stability During a Crisis and updated list of state actions on housing

USDA/Food and Nutrition Services (3/19), FNS Actions to Respond to COVID-19

Food Research and Action Center (3/17): Updates on Efforts to Mitigate the Impacts of COVID-19 on Food Security. This page is regularly updated with policy advocacy info about child nutrition.  The FRAC Advocate’s Guide to the Disaster SNAP guide 

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (3/15): Using TANF Funds to Support Families Impacted by Covid-19.

Administration for Children and Families (3/12), CSBG Dear Colleague 2020-15 Partnership to Address COVID-19 Spread

State Actions (Date is Post Date):

Arkansas (3/18)   California (3/25)   Louisiana (3/18)   Nevada (3/18)   New Hampshire (3/12)    New Mexico (3/16)   New York (3/16)   Rhode Island (3/17)

 

Paid/Sick Leave

 

U.S. Department of Labor (4/10) “Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights”

Family Values at Work (4/6) - Covid-19 Know Your RightsCoronavirus Federal Legislation that Aids WorkersOverview of Paid Sick, Paid Family Leave, and Unemployment Insurance Laws in the New Coronavirus and CARES Acts, Worker’s Rights Factsheet: Coronavirus Paid Sick Days, Emergency Paid Leave, and Unemployment Insurance (can be customized for local use)

U.S. Department of Labor (4/1) - Temporary rule on regulations regarding relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Effective April 1, 2020.

CLASP (3/20) - Families First Fact Sheet on paid and sick leave provision in the Act

NWLC (3/20) - Resource on the paid leave provisions in the Families First Act, how child care workers/providers are left out, and what needs to be done to ensure the child care workforce can take advantage of paid leave 

Main Street Alliance (3/20) Families First Act - What is included that Impacts Small Business & our Employees

National Law Review (3/16) Paid Leave now Required for Absences Related to the Coronavirus

U.S. Families First Coronavirus Response Act - What’s In the Law

U.S. Families First Coronavirus Response Act - "Who Qualifies for Paid Leave Under the New Coronavirus Law?" (NYT)

 

Unemployment Benefits and Other Financial Supports

 

American Bar Association (4/17) Webinar Recording: Coronavirus: Protecting Safety Net Public Benefits During the Pandemic 

Small Business Administration (4/16 )Information on Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance

NAEYC (4/10) Paycheck Protection Program: What Child Care Programs Need to Know, also in Spanish

NAEYC (4/10) Economic Injury Disaster Loans: What Child Care Programs Need to Know, also in Spanish

Family Values at Work (4/2) “Overview of Paid Sick, Emergency Paid Leave and Unemployment Insurance Laws in the New Coronavirus and CARES Act

First Five Years Fund (4/8) “Small Business Supports in the CARES Act

Center for Law and Social Policy (4/8) “Small Business Loans Aren’t the Answer for Child Care

Small Business Administration (4/8) “Paycheck Protection Program” 

Small Business Administration (4/8) “Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance” 

U.S. Department of the Treasury (4/5), Resources of Paycheck Protection Program

First Five Years Fund (4/3) - Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans Immediately Available to Child Care Providers 

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) (4/3),  Forgivable Loans for Child Care Providers Through the CARES Act 

U.S. Department of Labor (4/3), Unemployment Insurance Relief During COVID-19 Outbreak

U. S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship (4/1) - The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act

National Employment Law Project: Fact Sheet on Unemployment (3/27) - Unemployment Insurance Provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act    

U. S. Department of Labor: FFCRA FAQs (3/30) - Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

U. S. Department of Labor: Workplace Notice (3/30) - Model notices for private sector employees on paid sick leave and family medical leave.

Internal Revenue Service: Paid Leave and Tax Credits (3/20) - Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave

Bipartisan Policy Center: Unemployment Compensation Explainer (3/27) Unemployment Compensation The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) 

Bipartisan Policy Center: Child Care and Unemployment Insurance (3/27)  What the Child Care Community Needs to Know about Unemployment Insurance in the CARES Act 

IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief Resource Page (3/23)

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Small Business Adminstration, Disaster Assistance

Center on Poverty and Social Policy, Columbia University (3/15),  "BRIEF: The Case for Cash Allowance"

 

Small Business, State/Local Resources

 

CED (4/28) Short-Time Compensation (STC) Program (work-sharing)

Illinois Action for Children (4/5) FAQs: Coronavirus Relief Funding for Child Care Providers

Illinois Action for Children (4/5) Which Funding Option is Right for Our Organization: A Decision Tool for Child Care Providers

Linchpin Strategies (4/2) - FAQ on Small Business Association Paycheck Protection Program 

Linchpin Strategies (4/2) - Guidance for CARES Act Loans

Hunt Institute (4/1) - COVID-19 Policy Considerations: State COVID-19 Fiscal Supports for Child Care

Linchpin Strategies (3/27) - Coronavirus Relief Provisions for Small Non-Profit Organizations Memo

 

By City

Philadelphia (3/24) - Small business relief including child care.

 

RACIAL EQUITY

 

Policy Responses

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (5/21) Three Principles for an Anti-Racist, Equitable State Response to COVIVID-19-and Stronger Recovery

The Atlantic (5/25) The COVID Racial Data Tracker

State of Minnesota, (5/1) The Community Resiliency and Recovery Overview is tracking race and ethnicity as it relates to COVID-19 and unemployment, education, housing, and corrections data.

PolicyLink (5/1) COVID-10 & Race page    

The Opportunity Agenda (3/9) Talking About COVID-19: A Call for Racial, Economic, and Health Equity  

Harvard University Center on the Developing Child (4/27), Thinking About Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Impacts Through a Science-Informed, Early Childhood Lens

Embrace Race (4/16) Webinar: What Covid-19 Tells Us About Structural Racism

Harvard University Center on the Developing Child (4/23) The Brain Architects Podcast: Covid-19 Special Edition, A Different World

Brookings Institute (4/10) How to Reduce the Racial Gap in Covid-19 Deaths

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) (4/10) - States and Localities Step Up to Support Immigrant Families When Congress Fails  

National Black Child Development Institute (4/18) “Policy Recommendations for Alliance Partners: Keeping Racial Equity as a Priority During Covid-19

Minnesota Budget Project (4/7) Racial equity should be at the core of coronavirus responses

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (4/1) Tribal Nations – Highly Vulnerable to COVID-19 – Need More Federal Relief

Child Trends (3/30) - Covid-19’s Forgotten Children

Children’s Institute (Oregon) (3/27) Coalition of public and private children’s organizations, including funders, make recommendations regarding child care to the Governor’s Office

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) (3/26) The Next Coronavirus Bill Must Address Immigrants, Youth, and Other Overlooked Populations 

BUILD Initiative (3/25) Equity and the Pandemic: States, Funders, and Advocates Must Tailor Resources for the Most Vulnerable Children, Families, and Communities

Center for American Progress (3/19) The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Racial Wealth Gap

NAACP Ten Equity Implications of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak in the United States

 

Health

 

Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University (3/30) “Webinar: Implications of the Pandemic for Health Equity” 

Council on Black Health  "Fact Sheet: “What Coronavirus means for Black Communities” 

 

Disproportionate Impact

 

Native American/Tribal

 

The Hill (4/12) “New Mexico Governor says State Faces Unique Challenges Responding to Covid-19 in Native American Communities” T

New York Times (4/9) “Checkpoints, Curfews, Airlifts: Virus Rips Through Navajo Nation

Southwest Women’s Law Center (4/7) “Presentation: Impact of Covid-19 on New Mexico Tribal Communities

American Bar Association (4/8) "Webinar- Issues Affecting Native American Communities During the COVID-19 Crisis” 

 

African American

 

Block Club Chicago (4/5) “70% Of People Dying From Coronavirus In Chicago Are Black, Report Says,

Color of Change (4/5) “Coronavirus Poses Racial Justice Concerns in Every Aspect of Society

ProPublica (4/3) “Early Data Shows African Americans Have Contracted and Died of Coronavirus at an Alarming Rate

Milwaukie Journal Sentinel (4/3) "A Perfect Storm: African Americans in Milwaukee, Already Facing Health Disparities, Hit Hard by Coronavirus

The Atlantic (4/1) “Why Don’t We Know Who the Coronavirus Victims Are?

The Root (3/31) "Black Communities are on the Frontline of the Corid-19 Pandemic. Here’s Why.

 

Hispanic

 

EcoWatch (4/9) “Black and Hispanic Americans Suffer Disproportionate Coronavirus Infections

 

Immigrant/Undocumented

 

NCCP (4/27) Do States' Immigrant-Friendly Policies Improve the Health of Children of Immigrants? (4/27)

New York Times (4/12) An Immigrant Community is Facing a ‘Catastrophic’ Pandemic Without Help

Slate (4/10) America is Abandoning its Shadow Workforce

National Review (4/8) California Governor Planning Aid for Illegal Immigrants Amid Coronavirus

Washington Post (4/4) Undocumented Workers Among Those Hit First—and Worst—by the Coronavirus

Minnesota Reformer (4/3) Minneapolis Creates $5 Million Relief Fund Available to Undocumented Residents  

Migration Policy Institute (3/26) Crisis Within a Crisis: Immigration in the United States in a time of Covid-19

 

Disabled

 

Center for American Progress (3/26) “Coronavirus Proposals Leave the Disability Community Behind” 

 

Minority Businesses/Wealth Gap

NBC News (4/12) “Coronavirus Could Decimate Latino Wealth, Which Was Hammered by the Great Depression”  

CityLab (3/30) “Black Businesses Left Behind in Covid-19 Relief

Center for American Progress (3/19) “The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Racial Wealth Gap

Equity and Philanthropy

 

Chronicle of Philanthropy (4/3) “Asian American Grant Makers Call on Philanthropy to End Violence and Bias on the Rise as Coronavirus Spreads” 

United Philanthropy Forum (3/18) Joint PSO Statement: "Keep Equity at the Forefront in Philanthropy’s Response to the Coronavirus

 

 

 

Resources for Investors and Philanthropy

 

Early Childhood Funders Collaborative (3/20) - ECF has launched a curated list of rapidly developing resources and updates for early childhood funders related to COVID-19.