COVID-19: Stay Informed
Wednesday, October 14th Update:
COVID-19 Risk among Child Care Providers
Read Yale University’s study on the spread of COVID-19 among child care workers and explore supplemental resources from Child Care Aware® of America.
Wednesday, September 9th Update:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts COVID-19 Order No. 49
Governor Baker signed an executive order on August 28th, allowing for more clear and flexible guidelines for early education and care facilities, local municipalities and parent groups in supporting remote learning during the 2020-21 school year.
EEC Update - Remote Learning Policies and Processes
On September 9th, EEC released policies and guidelines for complying with the new Executive Order. Read here.
Friday, August 28th Update:
The Hunt Institute's Upcoming Webinar Series
"Early Efforts: Early Childhood Philanthropy Amidst COVID-19" - On Tuesday, September 1 at 2:00pm, hear from leaders in the world of early childhood philanthropy to find out what challenges and opportunities they are identifying during this time, and how their giving may be shifting as a result. Featuring Dr. Marquita Davis, Deputy Director for Early Learning, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Isabelle Hau, Partner, Imaginable Futures, and Dr. Elizabeth Pungello Bruno, President, Brady Education Foundation. Register here.
"Race & Education: The Intersections Between Racism and Poverty in Education Policy" - In this webinar on Thursday, September 3 at 2:00pm, hear from education policy experts about the compounding challenges poor children of color face as they navigate the K-12 education system. Register here.
Tuesday, August 11th Update:
Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation Presents the New Documentary - Starting at Zero: Reimagining Education in America
Starting at Zero explores the power of investing in high-quality early childhood education so that all children and families have the opportunity to attain the American Dream. The film brings together the voices of policymakers, educators, academics, business leaders, pediatricians, parents, and children. It features five current and past governors who are champions of early childhood education. RSVP to join the August 12th virtual premiere here.
Update from MA EEC Regarding Reopening
Wednesday, August 5th Update:
Starting at Zero: A Conversation on the Importance of Early Learning - Webinar
The Hunt Institute and the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation invites you to join them for a pre-premiere conversation on August 10 at 12:00pm ET on the importance of state and federal investment in early learning. Register here.
Wednesday, July 29th Update:
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation - COVID-19 and the Impact on Childcare
To better understand the impact of COVID-19 on childcare, the Center of Education and Workforce is looking at every angle of those affected, including the revised childcare equations of parents, employer solutions, and childcare provider needs and capacity constraints. Dig deeper here.
Thursday, July 16th Update:
The Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation at UMass Boston Webinar Series
The final session of the 3 part webinar series on “Reinventing Child Care in Massachusetts”: Making the Vision a Reality in Massachusetts - How Do We Get There?, is taking place on Friday, July 17, 1:00pm-2:30pm. Register here.
Update from MA EEC Regarding Reopening
EEC has released its Reopening Information Package with guidance for providers.
Child Care Relief - Making the Case
Many of the nation's childcare advocacy organizations have come together for form Child Care Relief and are Making the Case for a Child Care Stabilization Fund.
Results from Survey of MA Early Education Providers Reliant on Parent-Paid Tuition Fees
Neighborhood Villages has released the results of a survey of private-pay child care providers whose sobering findings can be found here.
Hechinger Report on reopening schools and prioritizing the youngest learners
The pressure is building to have learners back in school this fall — here’s how it can work.
Tuesday, July 7th Update:
Oversight Hearings on Early Education and Care
The Massachusetts Senate/House Joint Committee on Education hosted Oversight Hearings on Early Education and Care on July 1 and July 7. Testimony was provided by invited guests from the public sector, the provider community, and other stakeholders, including Eastern Bank Foundation Fellow Turahn Dorsey, whose testimony is attached here. Testimony from Commissioner Aigner-Treworgy can also be read here, while coverage from the hearing can be found here.
Friday, June 26th Update:
"How To Support the Early Childhood Community During a Pandemic" Webinar on July 1, 2020
On Wednesday, July 1, at 1 p.m. Eastern, join Cindy Jurie, Ph.D, Director of Research and Special Projects at the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County (ELCOC). During this webinar, Jurie will discuss how ELCOC stepped up to support child care providers through the pandemic. For more information and to register, click here.
MA House of Representatives proposing an Early Education and Care State Partnership Business Trust Fund
In a consolidated amendment to the 2020 state budget, the MA House of Representatives is proposing an Early Education and Care State Partnership Business Trust Fund, to assist the needs of providers in the early education and care mixed delivery system during reopening and recovery by leveraging funding through state, philanthropic and private partnerships. Read about it here. Scroll down to Amendment #87.
Monday, June 22nd Update:
National Screening of No Small Matter on Thursday, June 25th
Join No Small Matter and Friends for a screening and celebration of America's Child Care Providers on Facebook Live. More details and RSVP here.
Update from MA EEC Regarding Reopening
Emerging from COVID-19 Stronger: Nonprofit Needs for Building Skills and Capacity
Community foundations from around the Commonwealth have joined forces with the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) and Philanthropy Massachusetts to understand the needs of nonprofits and inform resources and trainings that can build capacity and strengthen the social sector statewide in the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis. This survey is intended to help identify the high-level impact of COVID-19 on the nonprofit community and to unveil the knowledge and skills needed by the sector to emerge from COVID-19 as a stronger, more effective, and resilient system. The survey is due JUNE 30.
Monday, June 15th Update:
CCAoA Webinar on Racial Justice, Equity, and the Role of Child Care
In this webinar, panelists Dr. Aisha Ray, Dr. Stephanie Cureton, and Dr. Ashley C. Williams spoke about the racial justice challenges and opportunities that are central to the work of child care and early education advocacy. Use this link to register for a recording of the full webinar.
Child Care Closures’ negative and disproportionate impact on women’s labor force participation and lifetime earnings
Center for American Progress' Early Childhood Policy team's published a brief: Valuing Women’s Caregiving During and After the Coronavirus Crisis. The brief outlines how this increase in caregiving, compounded by the permanent closure of many child care providers, impacts women's labor force participation, lifetime earnings, and undermines women’s progress towards gender equality.
Sunday, June 14th Update:
Join Strategies for Children’s upcoming Advocacy 101 Webinars: Who, What, Where, When, Why and HOW!
Monday, June 15, 4:00pm - 5:00pm - Register here (closed)
Tuesday, June 16, 4:00pm - 5:00pm - Register here (closed)
Wednesday, June 17, 5:00pm - 6:00pm - Register here (closed)
Thursday, June 18, 11:00am -12:00pm - Register here (closed)
Thursday, June 11th Update:
Update from MA EEC
Thursday, June 4th Update:
Update from MA EEC
On Monday, June 1st, EEC released the health and safety guidelines for the re-opening of childcare that can be found here. Additional guidance and provider checklists are expected to be released shortly.
Monday, June 1st Update:
Early Childhood Coffee & Conversations
The Boston Foundation's May 24th discussion turned to the stunning impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on early childhood, and what the future holds for daycare and early education programs. Listen to the session here.
Friday, May 29th Update:
Updates from MA EEC
Thursday, May 21st Update:
MA Dept. of Early Education and Care Field Update
MVYouth Establishes Childcare Providers Emergency Fund
MV Early Childcare Providers Emergency Fund Announces $150,000 in relief awards. Read more here.
Thursday, May 14th Update:
Eastern Bank Grants
The Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation has announced $2 million in new grants to support early childhood during the COVID-19 crisis. Read here.
Friday, May 8th Update:
Bailout Sought for Child-Care Industry
Rep. Clark proposes $100 billion child care bail out. Read here.
Updates from EEC
EEC is working closely with the Governor's Reopening Advisory Board on the plan for re-opening child care. See updates on that topic and others here.
Why We Need $50 billion in Pandemic Child Care Relief: A State-by-State Estimate
Center for Law and Social Policy's (CLASP) state by state estimate of proposed child care relief here.
Thursday, April 30th Update:
The Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) Public Information Campaign
The Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) in partnership with UMass Medical is launching a public information campaign designed to make Massachusetts families aware of state resources that are available to them and encourage struggling families to reach out for help. You can access information and graphics that you can share to help get the word out about resources that are available here.
Tuesday, April 28th Update:
EEC Hosts a Series of Town Halls for Providers
Commissioner Sam has been reviewing preliminary plans for the reopening of child care. An overview of the plan is available here.
Friday, April 24th Update:
Commonwealth Children's Fund Announces Launch of Massachusetts Family Child Care Emergency Fund
AG Healey Announces New Efforts to Protect Small Businesses
Read the press release here.
EEC and the Children's Investment Fund Webinar
Webinar recording on the status of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) can be found here.
Wednesday, April 22nd Update:
News from the MA Dept. of Early Education and Care
Commissioner Sam has created this update summarizing the extended closure and the supports available to the field.
Tuesday, April 21st Update:
On Wednesday, April 22nd at 2pm, Strategies for Children is co-sponsoring a technical assistance webinar to advise child care providers on various forms of financial assistance that may be available to them.
In addition, EEC and the Children’s Investment Fund will host a webinar on Friday, April 24th at 1:00p ET about the status of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was meant to provide funding to small businesses to retain staff and pay other expenses during the COVID-19 crisis.
Emergency Closure Extended
Governor Baker announced in a press conference today that the emergency closure of child care centers in Massachusetts would be extended until June 29, 2020.
Opening Up America Guidelines
The White House has released a three phased approach to opening up America again.
Friday, April 17th Update:
Speak Up for Child Care
Childcare Aware of America is spearheading an advocacy effort to secure dedicated funding for child care in the next federal relief package. Click here and Childcare Aware will help you deliver a message to your legislator.
Opening Up America Guidelines
The White House has released a three phased approach to opening up America again.
Thursday, April 16th Update:
Senators Propose $50 Billion Bailout for Child Care
Senators Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Tina Smith (MN) have proposed a comprehensive plan for bailing out the fragile child care sector. Their op-ed and further coverage can be found below.
Sunday, April 12th Update:
Jumpstart Workshop on Applying for PPP
Jumpstart is hosting a webinar entitled Financial Support for Preschool Partners & Nonprofit Organizations: The SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program & How to Apply on Monday, April 13th at 3:00pm. The webinar recording can be found here.
Thursday, April 9th Update:
More on EEC’s Virtual Town Halls
Wednesday, April 8th Update:
HomeGrown Launches Emergency Fund and Toolkit to Support Home-Based Child Care
Yesterday Home Grown launched the Home-Based Child Care Emergency Fund, a relief program to address the needs of home-based child care caregivers and providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Home Grown and its members created this fund to catalyze the development of regional Home-Based Child Care (HBCC) Emergency Funds that provide direct financial support to HBCC providers.
They will make grants of up to $100,000 to regional organizations creating their own Emergency Funds for HBCC providers as outlined in the Home-Based Child Care Emergency Fund Toolkit. Home Grown began accepting applications on April 7, 2020, and will make awards on a rolling basis.
They have also developed this in-depth and informative toolkit for funders who are interested in setting up their own emergency funds to support home-based child care providers.
Tuesday, April 7th Update:
EEC Virtual Town Halls
The MA Department of Early Education and Care has scheduled 3 Virtual Town Halls with Commissioner Sam. They are an opportunity for providers to hear the latest from EEC and get their questions answered. Register here (closed)
National Early Childhood Funder Collaborative (ECFC) has a great website with COVID-19 resources relevant specifically to early childhood funders, as well as a weekly Thursday 3pm phone call on topics relevant to EC funders (set up through 5/28).
The National Early Childhood Funders Collaborative hosted a call entitled What’s Next for Child Care: Paths to a Sustainable and Equitable Recovery, which explored the role of Community Development Financial Institutions in supporting child care recovery. The slides and recording can be found here.
Home Grown is a new national collaborative of funders committed to improving the quality of and access to home-based child care. They have published a toolkit that outlines actions funders and intermediaries can take now to establish emergency funds that meet the needs of local providers and caregivers.
The Bridgespan Group has a resource collection which offers guidance to nonprofits, philanthropists, and impact investors on navigating the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and the expected economic downturn.
National and Statewide EC Advocacy
Center for American Progress released an update to their popular child care deserts maps, integrating a new drive-time methodology. This update is designed to help advocates and policymakers understand and assess with greater clarity the communities where there may be the greatest immediate need for child care investment when considering stabilizing and re-opening the wider economy. An accompanying issue brief summarizes trends and findings.
Strategies for Children works to ensure that Massachusetts invests the resources needed for all children, from birth to age five, to access high-quality early education programs. They have a section on their website with COVID-19 resources for MA EC providers.
Strategies for Children presents: “Advocacy 101"
The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard is releasing Working Paper 15: Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body. You can link to a downloadable version, along with a 3 page In Brief summary of the paper and a context-setting statement from Jack Shonkoff. As you’ll see in that statement, we hope that releasing this paper will help us—together—to launch a new conversation in the early childhood field that truly connects learning and health in policy and practice.
The BUILD Initiative helps state leaders develop early childhood systems. You can read their blog, with updated information on COVID-19 response, here.
Alliance for Early Success, a national early childhood advocacy organization, has affiliates in all states. They are hosting a weekly Friday 2pm COVID-19 response call AND have a very up-to-date section on their website with each state's response to COVID-19 as it relates to early childhood.
Childcare Aware of America - In addition to great resources on their website for EC responses to COVID-19, they are doing webinars on specific topics related to the crisis. The webinars New Laws Offer Financial Resources to Family Child Care Providers by Tom Copeland and COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Updates & Business Resources for Early Childhood Programs highlight just a few of the informative sessions available.
First Five Years Fund is another strong EC advocacy organization. This link is to their overview of federal COVID-19 financial supports.
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advancing policy solutions for low-income people. Early education and care is one of their key issues, and they have several new fact sheets on policy issues connected to early childhood during COVID-19.
CLASP published a piece written by Alycia Hardy, CLASP’s newest Child Care and Early Education Policy Analyst. This article discusses the necessity for states to equitably incorporate diverse parent and other caregiver voices in conversations and policy decisions related to child care reopening during the coronavirus pandemic
Direct Support for Local MA Communities
Philanthropy Massachusetts has a section on their website highlighting emergency COVID-19 relief funds set up across MA and across issue areas.
Mass Nonprofit Network has up-to-date links on their website to resources for MA non-profits during COVID-19, links to emergency funds that have been set up all over the state, and guidance on federal relief programs. They also continue to update their list of available MNN and Affiliate Webinars.
State of MA COVID-19 Relief Fund is a new (as of 4/6) state-sponsored philanthropic fund to help support essential frontline workers and vulnerable populations across Massachusetts. It is designed for rapid relief, and will work primarily through community foundations throughout the state.
Resources for Families
The Center on Developing Child at Harvard has a Guide to COVID-19 and Early Childhood Development.
The Brain Architects, a new podcast from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, focuses on the specific, practical questions that often arise for parents and caregivers during the critically important period of early childhood. Listen to their most recent episodes here.
TEAM UP’s network of local community health centers which deliver high quality, evidence-based integrated behavioral health care to children and families, has developed a list of COVID-19 behavioral health resources.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA’s Network of Care is a site that helps people of all ages and from all parts of the Commonwealth find information on behavioral health services and treatment in their communities.
Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health has COVID-19 resources for providers and caregivers.
Promise Venture Studio has put together a website focused on families with young children, intended as a curated space for resources, tools, and guidance.
Support for Childcare Providers
Summary of financial assistance to childcare providers, developed by independent consultant Kim Lucas can be found here. Chart includes federal, state and private resources.
All Our Kin is a trusted resource for family childcare providers, and their website include current COVID-19 guidance.
First Children's Finance has great resources for managing childcare businesses during COVID-19. They have tools for things like analyzing financial statements during a closure.
Zero to Three supports parents, providers and policy makers in the infant/toddler ecosystem. They have added resources to their website for providers during this time.
General Nonprofit Resources
TSNE MissionWorks has an excellent list of COVID-19 resources for nonprofits, including guidance on financial resources available during the current crisis.
Mass Nonprofit Network has an extensive, regularly-updated set of COVID-19 resources for nonprofits.
CARES Act & Other Financial Relief Documents
Fiscal Management Associates (FMA) has developed a regularly updated toolbox for the Paycheck Protection Program.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) hosted an early April webinar entitled, "Paying Yourself, Your Staff and Your Bills: Helping Child Care Programs Understand and Navigate SBA Loan Options." The slides and webinar recording from this clear presentation are available now.
COVID Relief Coalition is a coalition of law firms, nonprofits and governmental agencies that have joined forces to help small businesses and nonprofits in the greater Boston area access emergency loans and other sources of relief.
Bipartisan Policy Center has a good summary of the resources available to the EC ecosystem through the CARES Act.
City of Boston - Financial Relief - A Handbook for Small Business Owners is a great list of resources available, including many loan programs to SB owners, and is not confined to Boston.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce provides another good overview of financial supports available for small businesses, including childcare. You can also listen to the April 6th webinar on support specific to the early education sector.
Vox article - Read here for a step-by-step analysis of different supports from the CARES Act, and how to walk through the process.
State of Massachusetts has a list of CARES Act supports, with basic FAQs about each one.
United Way of MassBay and Merrimack Valley is looking for volunteers who are interested in virtually volunteering their time and professional expertise to help nonprofit agency partners navigate the extreme challenges they face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Public Sector Resources
Children's Funding Project has published a guide titled "Navigating New and Flexible Funding Streams For Kids During COVID-19".
Mass Health has assembled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for families with children receiving home and community-based behavioral health services during COVID-19.
MA Department of Early Education and Care - The state's early education and care agency has closed all licensed childcare sites, and put in place a temporary emergency system for the use of essential workers. The website has a link to a list of the emergency sites, as well as information for parents and providers.
They have also issued new information (as of 4/6) on income support for unemployed workers, as well as MA and federal loan and recovery programs for small businesses during COVID-19.
MA Attorney General's Office has a link with guidance for families and providers around obligations to continue paying private tuition during mandatory childcare site closures.
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