COVID-19: State and national early childhood partner news
Updates on the COVID-19 pandemic involving Nebraska's state and national early childhood partners
April 3, 2020
The Hunt Institute has published two new briefs focused on child care policy issues:
April 2, 2020
- COVID-19: Education, Child Care and Nutrition: The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) will host a webinar focused on public policies to address the growing uncertainty being faced by state officials, educators and families about keeping children safe, fed and learning. The webinar will be Friday, April 3, at 1:30 p.m. CDT.
- Latest COVID0-19 Actions by State: The Alliance for Early Success has compiled a comprehensive overview of policy actions taken by states in response to the ongoing public health emergency. This resource provides useful context and insight for Nebraska decision makers into how government entities in other states are addressing COVID-19.
April 1, 2020
- Home-Based Child Care Emergency Fund Toolkit: Home Grown has recently published a resource guide targeted at philanthropic funders and intermediary organizations outlining how to support and maintain the supply of home-based child care that so many communities depend upon. The toolkit covers settng up a home-based child care fund, tracking current, emerging and ongoing needs, funding application templates and more.
- Child Care Aware of America will offer two webinars this week for early childhood professionals and advocates:
March 31, 2020
- The National Home Visiting Coalition is inviting interested stakeholders to sign a letter asking Congress to prioritize MIECHV funding and needed flexibilities for home visitors during the coronavirus crisis. The deadline to sign is Friday, April 3rd.
- Child Care Aware of America has published “Emergency Funding Resources that Child Care Providers Can Use Now” on their website. The article provides a list of resources for child care businesses that may have closed or experienced a decrease in enrollment.
March 30, 2020
- The Committee for Economic Development has compiled a resource clearinghouse to help child care providers better understand and connect to federal resources. These include summaries of the recently passed CARES Act, how to access U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster recovery loans, child care and preschool guidance and nutrition resources and other information. This page will be kept updated as new information becomes available.
- The Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children (NEAYC) will host "Courageous Conversations" — virtual gatherings intended to give Nebraska's early childhood professionals the opportunity to visit and share information and support with one another. The video conference calls will be twice daily April 1-3 via Zoom at the following times and links: Noon to 1:00 p.m. | 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- The Bipartisan Policy Center published "What the child care community needs to know about Unemployment Insurance in the CARES Act" on their website. The article provides a plain-English overview of the types of financial supports built into the recently enacted legislation.
- Child Care Aware of America has also published a new article outlining resources for child care providers to strengthen their operating policies during the public health emergency: "Grab, Adapt and Go - COVID-19 Resources for Child Care Programs."
March 27, 2020
March 26, 2020
- Child Care Aware of America (CCAoA)’s website and newsletter covers a wide variety of information, including child care for essential workers during the coronavirus emergency, stories from communities affected by the outbreak and a variety of other practical resources for providers, parents and policymakers. View their library of coronavirus-related resources.
- ZERO TO THREE, Think Babies™ and partners will host a special web broadcast featuring U.S. Representative Rosa DeLaura (CT-03) about how Congress is responding to families’ needs during the COVID-19 emergency on Friday, March 27, at 11 a.m. Register for the web broadcast.
- ZERO TO THREE is also collecting stories about the impact of COVID-19 on families with infants and toddlers, and the providers who care for them. This is a valuable opportunity to keep policymakers informed about the emergency as it is experienced by those directly responsible for the well-being of young children. Submit your story.
March 25, 2020