Issues by Topic

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. 

Child Care

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


Alliance for Early Success, States’ Approaches to Providing Emergency Child Care to Essential WorkersLast 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

Defining Essential Workers

Surveying Demand and Supply

Changes to Licensing, Subsidy, and Other Regulations

School-Aged Children

General Authority to Change Policies and Regluation

Eligibility for Emergency Child Care

Payments By Families

Payments to Providers

Health Care and COVID-19 Testing/Treatment

Securing Food and Supplies

Expediting Background Checks

Municipal Responses


Alliance for Early Success (4/7) – 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

Home Grown – Federal Policy Recommendations to Support Home-Based Child Care 

First Children’s Finance (6/30) – Recommendations for Reopening Child Care Businesses Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Bipartisan Policy Center (6/30) – Quotes: Key Administrator Quotes on CARES Act CCDBG Funding

Home Grown (6/24) – Child Care Development Fund Recommendations 

Bipartisan Policy Center (6/2) – As Economies Reopen, State Administrators Note a Shift to Family Child Care

Home Grown (6/30) –  Home-Based Child Care Networks

National Association for Family Child Care (4/30) –  Family Child Care and COVID Survey

Wonder (3/12) –  A Labor of Love: Family, Friends and Neighbors Who Care for Young Children (Webinar)

All Our Kin (6/5) – A Strong Economy Needs Strong Family Child Care: Principles and State Policy Recommendations

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 (3/2020) – 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 (6/12) – Child Care Law Center, For Providers: Questions and Answers on Providing Child Care During Coronavirus

North Carolina (6/3) – Child Care Services Association: It’s Time To Support Staffed Family Child Care Home Networks—Small Family Child Care Providers To Support Parents As They Return To Work

Connecticut (4/2020) – Connecticut Voices for Children: The State of Early Childhood—Can Connecticut’s Struggling Family Child Care Providers Fill a 50,000 Child Care Gap Amidst the Coronavirus Recession?

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

Unemployment Benefits

All Our Kin/Tom Copeland/CED (5/19) Family Child Care Home Provider Challenges with Unemployment Under the CARES Act

Child Care Aware of Virginia/Child Care Aware of New Jersey/Virginia Alliance of Family Child Care Association/Tom Copeland/MBST Solutions/All Our Kin/Early Learning Policy Group/Committee for Economic Development (6/7) – Family Child Care Home Providers: Struggling to Access Unemployment Compensation Across U.S., National Overview

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

Alliance for Early Success (4/3) – 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

Bipartisan Policy Center (6/2) – The PPP Doesn’t Work for Our Nation’s Most Essential Small Businesses: Child Care

Committee for Economic Development (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

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

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

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

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

By State: 

Thanks to our national ally, the National Women’s Law Center, for helping us track this informaton: 

Child Trends (6/8) – States Are Using the CARES Act to Improve Child Care Access during COVID-19

NWLC (5/12) – Child Care’s Struggle to Survive COVID-19: State Impacts and Responses

Bipartisan Policy Center (5/1) – State by State Use of CARES Act Supplemental CCDBG Funds

Child Care Aware of America, The Latest Coronovirus News & Resources for Child Care Professional, Families and Policymakers

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

State Decisions (Date is Post Date):

Local Decisions:

Comprehensive Supports

Groundwork Ohio (6/1) – #SafePedsHealthyKids Campaign Resource Toolkit and Webinar

American Academy of Pediatrics (6/1) – #CallYour Pediatrician Campaign

American Academy of Pediatrics (5/8) – Guidance on Well Child Visits

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) (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 HHS2/20 Bulletin: HIPAA Privacy and Novel Coronavirus

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

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (6/5) – Providing state Part C and Part B, Section 619 programs with the latest information on funding and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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:  

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 (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

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):

U.S. Senate (7/24) – Whitehouse & Reed Introduce Legislation to Support State Paid Leave Programs During COVID-19 Crisis

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 ActsWorker’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)

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 (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 Action and Advocacy 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.

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: 

U.S. Department of Education (3/25) – Guidance re: Special Education Services

U.S. 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

Centers for Disease Control:

Centers for Disease Control – 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 for CCDF:

Updated COVID-19 FAQs (7/27)

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:

U.S. Small Business Administration – SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

U.S. Department of the Treasury:

IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief Resource Page (3/23)

White House:

White House, National Emergency Declaration  

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) 
Ohio (3/17)     
Oregon (3/27)  and  (3/29)    
Pennsylvania (3/24) 
Texas (3/27) and  (4/8)
Virginia (3/17)  and  (4/1)    
Washington (4/7)
Wisconsin (3/31)

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.


State Polls and Surveys of Families and Child Care Providers – Last Updated June 5, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is rapidly changing the business of child care, both providers’ ability to operate and parents’ attitudes about putting their children in care. The Alliance for Early Success compiled state and national surveys results to provide a snapshot of the impact of the coronavirus on their needs and attitudes. Survey instruments from state advocacy organizations are also included to provide samples for states interested in surveying parents.

Family Data: Surveys

Florida     Georgia     Massachusetts   Virginia    Washington

Family Data: Findings

Florida    California      DC     Louisiana     Massachusetts (5/7) (5/29)    New York      Montana     Virginia

Provider Data: Surveys


Provider Data: Findings

California     Louisiana    Maryland    Mississippi     Nebraska     New Jersey     Oregon     South Carolina     Virginia

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

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

Nebraska (4/7)    
New Jersey (4/17) 

Public Education

For more, please see resources compiled by Alliance national allies, ECS and NIEER. 

State Resources/Actions




National Association of State Boards of Education (7/31)  “Remote Learning in Early Childhood” 

National P-3 Center (8/1) “School-based PreK, Kindergarten, and the Early Grades: Fall Re-Entry Planning in a Pandemic

Colorado (topics include special education, remote learning, and transition)


Early Literacy

Excel in Ed 



Remote Learning/Technology

National Organizations

         CCSSO – Supporting PreK-3 Education During COVID-19  

CCSSO-NIEER Webinars  

National P-3 Center

New America – New Pointers on Early Ed and Tech 

New America – Distance Learning for Young Children and Their Families  

New America – Online Learning in the Wake of COVID-19 

        NASBE – Remote Learning Policy Update







West Virginia

National Organizations

NASBE (early learning content) 

Urban Institute – Mapping Student Needs during COVID-19: An Assessment of Remote Learning Environments

CCSSO – Supporting PreK-3 Education During COVID-19

CCSSO-NIEER Webinars (early learning content)  

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michigan State University

National P-3 Center

New America (early learning content)

New America (early learning content) 

New America (early learning content)

New America

US Department of Education  


Connecticut (early learning content)







Oklahoma (early learning content)

Oregon (early learning content)

Rhode Island


Virginia (early learning content)


West Virginia (early learning content)

National Organizations






North Carolina (HB1203) (HB1206)

Racial Equity

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (5/21) – Three Principles for an Anti-Racist, Equitable State Response to COVID-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

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 

Native American/Tribal

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

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.



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



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

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



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

What Comes Next

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 (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 

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

General Information and Guidance

Bipartisan Policy Center (6/8) – Child Care Infrastructure and COVID-19: A New Reality 

Open Strong: Five Crucial Issue Areas for State Early Childhood Advocates and Policymakers to Promote the Reopening of a Strong, Safe, Equitable, and Well-Funded Child-Care Sector in Their States (6/7) –The Alliance for Early Success Open Strong working group has released its full report, as well as a summary version

First Children’s Finance (6/5) –Recommendations for Reopening Child Care Businesses Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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

State Reopening Plans

Liability Issues

Testing and Health Care Provisions

  • Rhode Island (6/8)
  • West Virginia (4/30)


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

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Sign up for news and announcements from the Alliance for Early Success:

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.