Message from FLAEYC Executive Director
We are closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 and understand the difficult circumstances our members are in balancing the needs of the families you serve with the responsibility you have to protect your staff. We anticipate this crisis will continue to impact our communities for the next several weeks and want to provide you with the right resources specific to child care and early education facilities. This is a time when we must protect not only our families, but also our communities and friends as a way of ensuring that we all stay healthy.
As the Covid-19 crisis continues to impact all of our lives, more and more childcare centers are struggling with what to do. Last week, we hosted a virtual forum where more than 70 childcare directors from across the state of Florida. This experience provided a space place for peers to discuss concerns, identify what we collectively need and share ideas on how to move forward. More importantly, it provided us all an opportunity to connect in these trying times and confronting tomorrow together. At the end of the forum, we asked if you wanted more opportunities to connect, and the response was an overwhelming YES!
Join your center directors and owner/operator peers for the second FLAEYC-hosted virtual forum on Thursday, March 26, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET.
Facilitated by Dr. Raquel Munarriz-Diaz, FLAEYC Board Member and national facilitator, this forum is not a training or formal guidance, but it is producing great things. Check out the report from the last forum and the sample crisis operations action plan requested by participants listed below. If you would like to join us for this event, please RSVP. Note, registration is capped at 150 and the session is not being recorded.
FLAEYC Virtual Forum Report
On Thursday, March 19, we hosted a Virtual Forum offering early education providers and owner/operators the opportunity to share their Coronavirus experiences, as well as pose questions to this network of support. It was an opportunity to come together and understand what other center directors have decided to do or are grappling with as they cope with this crisis — and to make a very clear list of things they need from us and from state agencies. (read more)
FLAEYC Public Health Crisis SAMPLE Action Plan for Early Education Providers (& Checklists)
The goal of this sample plan it to help center directors make informed decisions about what action to consider during this public health crisis but is in no way official guidance. We encourage providers to follow all recommendations provided by state and local health and childcare authorities. We also developed handy checklists designed to help you work with your staff, your families and prepare yourself for coping with this public health crisis. (SAMPLE plan | Checklist for Parents | Checklist for Teachers | Checklist for Childcare Directors)
Florida DCF: Frequently asked questions on Coronavirus
A handful of questions regarding licensing issues related to child care facilities in Florida in response to the public health crisis, COVID-19. (read more)
From the CDC: Guidance for School Settings
Before and During an Outbreak … (1) Encourage your staff or community members to protect their personal health. (2) Post the signs and symptoms of COVID-19pdf icon : fever, cough, shortness of breath. (3) Encourage people to stay home when sick. (4) Clean surfaces that are frequently touched – things such as shared desks, countertops, kitchen areas, electronics, and doorknobs… (read more)
From the CDC: Talking with Children about Coronavirus
As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. (read more)
NAEYC Statement: Child Care in Crisis – Initial Summary of National Data
Just last month, Congress held two hearings on the crisis in child care and its impact on children, families, businesses, and our nation’s economy. Now, the spread of the coronavirus is making this crisis and its impacts substantially worse, threatening to put this already-vulnerable industry into a tailspin that will compromise the country’s ability to weather this storm, and get back on its feet after it is over. To understand the breadth of the deepening crisis, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) shared a brief survey with child care programs to learn more about the challenges they are facing across states and settings, and the impact a closure without significant public support would have on a program moving forward. (read more)
NAEYC Statement: Child Care is Essential and Needs Emergency Support to Survive
As a public health matter; and in order to meet the goals of flattening the curve to save lives, NAEYC believes that if states and districts are closing schools, then they also must close the child care system. Simultaneously, however, select licensed child care centers and family child care homes should be allowed to and/or instructed to reopen or remain open on a limited basis in order to serve the children of emergency responders and other essential personnel (as defined by the state or locality) for whom remote work is not an option. (read more)
From Child Care Aware: Preparing for a Potential Coronavirus Pandemic
As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. (read more | Flowchart)
First Five Years Fund: Urgent Request to Congress for Child Care Sector in COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Package
On March 17, the First Five Years Fund was joined by many of the nation’s leading child advocacy organizations in sending a letter to Congress detailing essential recommendations for lawmakers to consider as they develop an economic stimulus package in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Under normal circumstances, child care providers already operate on very small margins, and extended closures over the next several weeks or months could potentially put a substantial percentage of them out of business permanently, exacerbating the realities of the widespread child care deserts as they exist today. At the same time, many child care facilities are being asked to remain open, with only a fraction of the income they normally make, in order to provide care in this time of incredible need and uncertainty. (read more)
Childcare Education Institute: Free ECE Online Professional Development — Pandemic Preparation
This online class includes valuable preemptive practices and processes to keep centers safe and teach students healthy habits. Based on information from the Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC, you will receive an overview of the requirements for preparing for a pandemic. identifying infection control actions and methods for communicating during a pandemic. (more info)
SBA To Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans
The President took bold, decisive action to make our 30 million small businesses more resilient to Coronavirus-related economic disruptions. Small businesses are vital economic engines in every community and state, and they have helped make our economy the strongest in the world. The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by the situation. Additionally, the SBA continues to assist small businesses with counseling and navigating their own preparedness plans through our network of 68 District Offices and numerous Resource Partners located around the country. The SBA will continue to provide every small business with the most effective and customer-focused response possible during these times of uncertainty. (read more)