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COVID-19 Related Resources & Information for Sharing
Date PostedCategory (Primary)SourceTitle/Name of ResourceBrief DescriptionLink to Resource/InformationPost Priority (Timeliness) Other Notes/ Comments
03/15/2020Childcare/Early EdNew York TimesAs Coronavirus Deepens Inequality, Inequality Worsens Its SpreadThis article provides a great high-level and global look at the inequities that will make Coronavirus and the resulting shut-downs even worse for low-income families. by Buddy Steves - Good for social media
03/13/2020Childcare/Early EdBipartisan Policy Center - BlogSupporting the Child Care Market Through the COVID-19 PandemicThis blog post identifies current policy weaknesses concerning child care recipients & providers, and suggests modifications/ improvements to current policies to protect ECE/child care during the COVID-19 crisis by Kara Waddell
Updated DailyGeneral COVIDNACOCoronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) County Response Efforts & PrioritiesUS map outlining county & state emergency declarations for keeping track of COVID-19 on a national level & determining up to date severity/spread
03/13/2020Policy AdvocacyGovernment of the Disctrict of ColumbiaGuidance related to COVID-19: Child Care Provider Closures & Public FundingThis document contains guidance regarding the requirements during closure for licensed child care providers and continuation of payments for participating providers during approved closures based on changed operating status due to public health actions, for the child care subsidy program, Quality Improvement Network (QIN) and Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Program (PKEEP). to look at while considering policy recommendations
12/06/2017Childcare/Early EdOffice of Child CareFlexibility in spending CCDF Funds in Response to Federal or State Declared EmergenciesDescribes federal rules/ regulations in regards to short-term, emergency flexibility of CCDBG/CCDF funding been used as a cornerstone document for many states so far to determine action for child care crisis in response to COVID-19
03/13/2020Policy AdvocacyOffice of the Mayor - City & County ofSan FranciscoSan Francisco Converts Public Libraries, Recreation Facilities to Emergency Child Care CentersDiscusses San Francisco's action to provide continued child care for critical personnel & low-income families during school closures. Private child care providers are recommended to stay open & article discusses guidance for providers & community members on prevention of spread, public space use & event cancelations idea if Texas is in need for additional child care centers in the event of major/extended school closures (Other states reactions - Maryland, advising on how to remain open for low-income family's and critical personnel, advice on sanitary measures to prevent spread, no recommended closures as of this date. Massachusetts, not recommending any closures as of this time.
03/12/2020Policy AdvocacyOffice of Child Development & Early Learning - PennsylaniaChild Care Works Payments During the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) OutbreakAnnounces continued payment based on enrollment to ECE providers through April, enrollment requirements during mandatory closure, and waiver of parent co-pays during declared emergency** A really good example of how to care for providers during closure and continue payments for policymakers to consider in Texas
No dateMisc.NAEYCChild Care Challenges: Coronavirus / COVID-19Survey for providers/ anyone a part of an ECE program to gather data for a more informed response to the crisis - To be shared with Congress, Policymakers & Media to share on social media to gather more responses!
No DateGeneral COVIDCDCImplementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with local COVID-19 TransmissionTable outlining actions/strategies to prevent further COVID-19 spread, broken down based on community type (families, health care providers, faith-based organizations, etc.)
03/09/2020General COVIDCDCInterim Guidance for Homeless SheltersProvides guidance on preventing transmission of COVID-19 in homeless shelters Recommendations/ Good to know for all homeless shelters - could apply to our advocacy discussion on human trafficking this morning
03/15/2020Policy AdvocacyNAEYCChild Care is Essential & Needs Emergency Support to SurviveThis document outlines the need for closing most child care centers if schools are also closing, while recommending strategies to ensure centers are capable of opening after emergency period has ended & outlining suggested requirements for centers that remain open to care for children of emergency services personnel. should share this ASAP to provide guidance to policymakers before they make any final decisions that could result in a massive economic fallout from extensive ECE center closures post-pandemic
No dateMisc.Benefits.govDisaster Unemployment AssistanceDetails the available umemployment assistance available to people in the event of a disaster related to job insecurity, closures & injury See parents and families tab for Texas specific link should share this with out entire network to maximize access to this service - People will want to be able to access this ASAP in the event of child care center closures/ job loss/ temporary layoffs from social distancing or quarantine
March 2020Policy AdvocacyNIEERResources for Early Childhood Policymakers on Preventing and Preparing for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)A thorough list of resources for parents, policy makers, cities & schools to share with/ gather ideas from for our own resources and network
3/12/2020Policy AdvocacyUrban Insititute: Urban Wire BlogPolicies, Practices, and Resources for Child Care and Early Education Providers Amid the Coronavirus CrisisA resource for policy makers, parents, administrators & providers on practices for preventing transmission, decreasing experienced stress, guiding children as well as available resources for informed policy decisions
No datePolicy AdvocacyThe OunceThe Ounce issues policy recommendations to states in light of COVID-19More great policy recommendations from Illinois with outcomes to consider prior to making important policy decisions
2/12/2020NutritionUSDAUsing USDA Food During a Human Pandemic Outbreak Options for Schools and CommunitiesThis document provides guidance for feeding children during school closures by outlining available emergency food options and regulations on providing meals during a time of social distancing
3/13/2020Childcare/Early EdOffice of Child careCCDF Frequently Asked Questions in Response to COVID-19FAQ for child care providers and lead agencies in regards to payment, authorized oversight, Lead Agencies role, child care licensing requirements, subsidy requirements and CCDF flexibility to share with local child care providers
3/17/2020Human TraffickingHouston ChronicleIsolation compounds violence': Abuse victims more at risk during coronavirus quarantinesGood article for connecting to our HT and child safety work. by Jodi and with Caroline
Updated DailyGeneral COVIDAmerican Enterprise Institute (AEI)AEI is committed to tracking state leve mitigation strategies for COVID-19It's an excellent source to follow up on State Mitigation Strategies and Locality Mititgation Strategies.
03/11/2020Policy AdvocacyCLASP - Policy solutions that work for low-income peopleCoronavirus: A Public Health Crisis that Threatens the Economic Security of Low-Income PeopleAn interesting policy review of our health and public health system. Policy strengths and weakness in three different fronts, response to health crisis, economic slowdown and potential recession, and government overall capacity. recommendations for federal and state policymakers.
3/19/2020Policy AdvocacyPoliticoWhy Texas is so far behind other states on virus responseIn case we decide to call for a more centralized response from the state
03/15/2020General COVIDPolicyMapUsing PolicyMap to Indetify Populations Vulnerable to COVID-19Reliable source where data is updated to ensure solve current uncertainties and identify solutions that help those who need it most.
03/13/2020Policy AdvocacyChild Care Aware of AmericaCoronavirus Sign on LetterA policy recommendation letter written to the US Director of Child Care discussing ways they recommend to utilize current available CCDF funding, as well as urging Congress to provide additional funding to support the suffering child care sector during closures. interesting resource to see what action other advocacy organizations are taking to protect child care workers and providers - Something we could pull from potentially
03/12/2020Immigration/New American ChildrenWashington PostCoronavirus could pose serious concern in ICE jails, immigration courtsA COVID-19 outbreak within ICE detainment centers could be devastating for detainees; other diseases such as mumps and measles have caused vast outbreaks. The ACLU and Human Rights Watch have called for a central strategy from the President's administration to prevent and respond to the threat of COVID-19.
03/18/2020Immigration/New American ChildrenCNN12 changes to the US immigration system during the coronavirus pandemicMigrant children are no longer placed in Washington state and California. Many immigration courts are closing, and trials will be delayed. ICE claims that it will change its approach to enforcement and that people should not avoid seeking treatment for fear of deportation. Travel restrictions to Europe (including UK and Ireland), Canada and US suspend most cross-border travel.
03/18/2020Immigration/New American ChildrenAILA ICE Issues Guidance on COVID-19ICE will focus on deportations on criminal grounds; for others, ICE will attempt to delay enforcement or use measures other than detainment. ICE will not carry out enforcement at medical facilities, and people should not avoid seeking medical care.
03/19/2020Immigration/New American ChildrenThe Marshall ProjectFirst ICE Employee Tests Positive for CoronavirusICE employee in New Jersey has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee worked in the medical wing of the facility, and the facility houses over 200 people.
3/20/2020Parenting & Family Well-beingCool ProgenyYOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS HOST STORY TIME ONLINE!
Updated Daily NutritionFood Research and Action Center (FRAC)COVID-19 UpdatesWhat you need to know about COVID-19, SNAP benefits, administrative and economic rules, and Federal Nutrition Programs: Response to COVID-19. Federal Nutrition Programs: Repsonse to COVID-19 click: Meals During School and Child Care Closing, Feeding Older Americans, SNAP, WIC, Food Security and Timeline of Federal and Regulatory Updates.
3/20/2020Parenting & Family Well-beingShared resource from a teacherVirtual Field Trips
Includes links to Yellowstone Park, San Diego Zoo, the surface of Mars ....
Tutoring Assistance for Middle and High School Students
Math and science tutoring
3/20/2020Parenting & Family Well-beingprnewswire.comTinyhood grants free access to its online breastfeeding classes for expectant and new parents during pandemicBreastfeeding courses are one of the most common prenatal education classes that people take in-person and with a group. Tinyhood is offering the option to access this course content for free from home and will be delivering continuous parenting education - from certified experts - as the situation develops.
3/20/2020Childcare/Early EdPreschool InspirationsBest Kid Yoga VideosFree yoga videos for kids
3/20/2020K-12 SchoolsAudibleFree Audible for KidsGreat for emerging readers
3/18/2020Human TraffickingTIMEAs Cities Around the World Go on Lockdown, Victims of Domestic Violence Look for a Way OutVictims of domestic violence are especially vulnerable during quarantine. Reporting challenges, housing needs, increased isolation, etc. Of note, in China, the number of reported incidents of domestic abuse tripled in the month of February.
3/21/2020Human TraffickingNBC DFWFort Worth Hospital Sees Spike in Severe Child Abuse Cases Over Last Week
3/23/2020GeneralHarris County Public HealthCOVID-19 Self Assessment ToolTool will help determine if you need to be tested based on symptomsreadyharris.orgUrgent
3/23/2020Misc.Local Housing SolutionsCovid-19The Local Housing Solutions team has put together a running list of homelessness outreach efforts, eviction moratoriums, and other housing-related advice that localities across the country have utilized to keep their communities safe during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
3/24/2020General COVIDABC 13Harris County judge issues Stay Home-Work Safe order effective at midnightStay-At-Home Order for Houston & Harris County
3/24/2020Childcare/Early EdNational Women's Law CenterSupporting Home-Based Child Care Providers
During The Coronavirus Crisis
Policy suggestions to support home-based child care
providers as they work to serve families and children,
sustain their businesses, and maintain their own financial
3/23/2020General COVIDThe Texas TribuneThese Texas organizations are helping people during the pandemic - and her's how you can, tooResources to help during COVID10 pandemic
3/23/2020Childcare/Early EdChild Care Aware of AmericaEmergency Funding Resources that Child Care Providers Can Use NowA compiled list of resources for child care providers seeking additional funding in the event of covid-19 related closure or attendence drops
No DateK-12 SchoolsTeach For AmericaDigital Learning Resources
Teach for America has compiled an extensive list of online resources including online education platforms, support for students with disabilites, support for undocumented students, and psychological support for students.
Mulitple datesChildcare/Early EdChild Care Aware of AmericaBracing for COVID-19: What Early Childhood Programs Need to Know and Consider NowA link to the registration form for their webinar series - will answer critical questions regarding closures, funding etc., for child care providers.
EvergreenWebinars cover important issues that policy makers should consider prior to making emergency funding decisions. On this page there is also a link to past webinars for later viewing.
3/14/2020Policy AdvocacyFood Research and Action Center (FRAC)Food Research & Action Center Commends the House for Passing the Families First Coronavirus Response ActThis news release explains the latest bill passed by the House that would provide additional unemployment insurance, free covid-19 testing and paid leave to some workers.
3/19/2020Parenting & Family Well-beingChild TrendsResources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 PandemicThis article dictates the issues that children will possibly experience during social isolation and provides strategies to lessen the mental and emotional impact of COVID-19 preventative measures during this time
EvergreenImportant for policy makers and non-profits to consider to better support the whole child during this crisis
No dateHuman TraffickingTexascourts.govSECOND EMERGENCY ORDER REGARDING THE COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTERThis is an order by Gov Abbot decalring that school closures does not affect the child viditation and access shall not be affected by the school’s closure that arises from an epidemic or pandemic, including what is commonly referred to as the COVID19 pandemic.
3/25/2020K-12 SchoolsVL2 Storybook AppsCOVID-19: Weekly Plan with Storybook AppsWe are all in this together. While we stay home, let’s interact with storybook apps and continue to build literacy for your Deaf child.
No dateMisc.North Texas Cares*No official title* Grant opportunity for non-profits responding to COVID-19 North Texas Cares is offering grants to 501c3 organizations that are responding to covid-19 and providing care for at risk populations or first responders/essential workers. $$ granted ranges from $5,000-$40,000 in emergency funding opportunity for C@R, and our partner non-profits!
Updated as needHealthcare/Health AccessEarly Learning AllieanceGrants, Resources & Services Google DriveELA has put together a folder of resources for parents, advocacy organization and child care providers with information on available grant funding, ways to access healthcare, at home learning resources and organizations offering reduced cost internet access
03/26/2020General COVIDWolters KluwerCOVID-19 Resources & Tools (Coronavirus Resources)Article keeps data up to date, you can find: latest COVID-19 resource updates, worldwide intensity monitoring, how to talk to kids about COVID-19, and health language; new COVID-19 related codes.
Updated RegularlyGeneral COVIDReady Harris2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID -19) HubCOVID - 19 Resources for Harris County residents
3/26/2020HealthcareChild TrendsDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth can help connect home visiting services to familiesDescribes alternative methods for traditional in-home services such as social workers or mental health counselors, (etc.) by utilizing video calls and technology. Discusses weaknesses in doing 'home visits' online and how to strategically use this method to accurately determine and serve the needs of families. for this demographic to consider when deciding on emergency policies or helping familes find resources
3/24/2020General COVIDNIEERBeyond Borders in a Crises: the Global Response to Support ChildrenA cohesive list of organizations that are supporting various sectors of the global populatin effected by COVID-19. Ranging from low-income children, to individuals with disabilities and women in the workforce be a good resource for C@R to reference while outlining our response plan.
3/19/2020General COVIDInternational Disability AllianceCOVID-19 and the Disability MovementThis is a website to IDA's disability invlusive policy recommendations to reference for policy makers
No DateImmigration/New American ChildrenUNHCR - The UN Refugee AgencyCOVID-19 Homepage **No official titleWebsite seeking to protect immigrant and refugee families during covid crisis. Discusses key issues such as water access, etc. be a good resource for C@R to reference while outlining our response plan.
No dateChildcare/Early EdOffice of Head StartTemporarily Repurposing Head Start and Early Head Start Centers: Partnering to Support Emergency Child Care During the COVID-19 CrisisQ&A's from the office of Head Start about repurposing Head Start spaces for emergency child care and the use of funds when repurposing these spaces
Misc.Greater Houston PartnershipHouston COVID-19 ResourcesSafety Guidelines for the Workplace & Employers, Public Health Resources, and Information on how to support small businesses.
Misc.Inc.Free Tools, Resources, and Financial Help for Business Owners Hit by Covid-19 (Many of these resources could be helpful to nonprofits as well)A growing number of companies are offering their online tools, classes, and resources at no cost in response to the impact on small-business owners from the coronavirus. Below is a list that Inc. is curating and continuously updating.
Childcare/Early EdFirst Three Years
Free online educational courses
For a limited time, First3Years is excited to offer FREE instant access to our Online Educational Courses.
Earn 1 Hour of Continuing Education (SW, LPC, ECI, CPE) per webinar. Individuals can access their CEU by completing the survey provided at the end of each webinar.