COVID-19 Resources for Early Education Professionals

 

Message from FLAEYC Executive Director

We continue to closely monitor 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.

Virtual Forum for Early Education ProfessionalsIt is also important that we stay connected – with each other and with the rapidly changing information being shared by public health officials and our government partners. As such, FLAEYC hosted eight weeks of virtual forums and have recently reconvened Thursday evenings so our members could connect with one another, pose questions and hear from industry experts on the impact of Covid-19. Topics included health and safety of employees, accessing SBA loans, and self-care. Links to several forums featuring special guests are listed below. On May 21, we began a new leadership series. Click here to learn more. 

July 16: Shan Goff, Executive Director, Florida Office of Early Learning, & Erin Smeltzer, Executive Director, Association of Early Learning Coalitions: CARES Emergency Funding for Child Care Providers. Download Slides & Handouts | Access Recording

May 7: Andy Roszak, Institute for Childhood Preparedness, and Tony Russo, LifeSpeed Behavioral Support Services; Impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our mental health; FLAEYC Member Tasha Williams, ELC Hillsborough, also shared child-friendly storybooks to help children cope with covid. Download Storybooks | Download Slides | Access Recording (Password: 6B^BU0k9)

April 30: Q&A with the Florida Department of Children and Families, Office of Child Care Regulation. Download Slides | Access the recording (Password: 4B*@6i$0)

April 16: Andrew Roszak, Executive Director of the Institute for Childhood Preparedness; Update on Coronavirus. Download Sample Waiver | Access the recording

RESOURCES

Florida Department of Health Child Care Provider Guidance
On Tuesday, August 11, the Florida Department of Health released guidance for child care providers on reducing the spread of COVID-19 in child care facilities, as well as practical guidance on what to do when a positive case of the virus is identified among the child care program attendees or staff. Florida DOH also includes links to several useful resources (many of which are listed on this site below). (read more)

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)

HEALTH & SAFETY

Institute for Childhood Preparedness: Guidance for the Establishment of Emergency Child Care Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Numerous studies have proven the effectiveness and impact of high quality child care. While this pandemic has certainly impacted our daily lives, we cannot simply toss aside years of research, evidence and efforts. We know that this crisis will have substantial impacts on the mental health of many, including that of children. Therefore, it is now more important than ever that we provide our children with services that excel in health, safety and quality. This 28-page guidance document was drafted using the most up to date information available. We hope that you find it useful. If you find additional issues or areas that need to be addressed please let us know by emailing us at info@childhoodpreparedness.org. (read more)

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)

Florida DCF: Guidance for Child Care Providers
Child care programs should adhere to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-91 regarding Essential Services and Activities. Child care programs that remain operational and continue to provide services to enable essential employees to work as permitted, to the extent possible, should operate under the following conditions… (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-19: 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)

NATIONAL PARTNERS

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)

ADVOCACY

First Five Years Fund: Details on Child Care Relief in the COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Package
On March 27, 2020, Congress passed a sweeping economic stimulus bill to provide relief to America’s families, small businesses, and major industries as they struggle with the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. Included throughout the package is significant relief for the nation’s child care industry, which has been hit with widespread layoffs and closures as a result of catastrophic drops in enrollment, as well as direct support to states and families who are grappling with the child care realities of this pandemic. (read more)

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

U.S. Small Business Administration Supports for Child Care Providers
The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and the Committee for Economic Development (CED) of The Conference Board worked together to produce this summary of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance contained in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) specifically for child care providers. It is our hope that this brief may be helpful to those in the child care field who may need immediate access to working capital as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. (read more)

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)

SBA: Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020. (read more)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Emergency Loans – Small Business Guide
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated almost $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. (read more)

Emergency Funding Resources that Child Care Providers Can Use Now
Child care providers across the nations are closing as measures are set in place to reduce the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). If your child care business has closed or seen a drop in children attending and you’re experience financial distress, these resources can help. (read more)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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)

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