COVID-19 Updates and Resources

ECE Huddles

COVID-19 Clinical Support Huddles for Early Childhood Settings 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.  REGISTER 

Helping Children Navigate Holiday Stress
Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.  REGISTER 

COVID-19 Clinical Support Huddles for Early Childhood Settings 
Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.  REGISTER 

 

**All huddles are offered at no cost. 

To view the whole list of our previously recorded huddles, please visit our ECE Resource Roundup page.

No Kid Hungry is pleased to release a new grant opportunity to increase food security among children from birth – five years old.

Community organizations, early child care centers, healthcare providers, and others working to ensure vulnerable young children have access to healthy food are encouraged to apply for a grant. Grants will be between $15,000-$25,000 and applications are due on December 18, 2020.

These grants are flexible and we are especially eager to support organizations who have authentically engaged community members to develop innovative programs that support young children.  A zoom session will be held on December 3rd from 2 pm-3 pm EST to answer any questions you may have.

Please click here for more information, including how funds can be used, and to apply. To learn more about the Early Childhood programs at No Kid Hungry, please visit our site. For questions, please contact Caron Gremont at cgremont@strength.org

RESOURCE GUIDE FOR INDIVIDUALS HOSTING AND FAMILIES PARTICIPATING IN INSTRUCTIONAL LEARNING PODS 

As you consider care and learning environments for your children this school year, whether it be a child care home or center, a school district building, a learning pod, or informal groups of children doing virtual learning together, it is important to consider the health and safety of these environments for children. The education and safety guidance will assist individuals in hosting and families participating in temporary instructional learning pods.

COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY TOOLKIT FOR COLORADO CHILD CARE PROGRAMS

Healthy Child Care Colorado has developed a health and safety toolkit for licensed child care centers, family child care homes, and school-age child care programs in Colorado in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

This temporary guidance has been developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes guidance required by Colorado licensing rules, COVID-19 Colorado public health and executive orders, and national, state, and local recommendations for best practices during this health emergency. 

For questions or comments regarding the toolkit please email us.

Early Milestones COVID-19 Early Childhood Research Partnership

It is critical for Colorado to fully understand the impact of the pandemic on child care and other early childhood services. Through comprehensive data collection and analysis, Early Milestones is identifying actions that can be taken to rebuild the sector quickly, enable families to get back to work and prepare for future crises.

Beginning with a survey of Colorado families, child care providers, and early educators, we are engaging the research-policy-practice loop with system-level and research partners to determine sector needs and solutions. The results of this work will be made available in a dashboard and reports to inform funding, practice, and policy decisions.

Child Care in COVID-19 Resource Guide

The office of Early Childhood (OEC), in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, created a guide to support your program’s response to COVID-19. Use this guide to update your program’s practices in response to COVID-19.

On July 9, 2020, the OEC reviewed the guide during a virtual town hall. View the recording here

TO ALL LICENSED CHILD CARE PROVIDERS: Update Your Status with the Office of Early Childhood

The Colorado Office of Early Childhood has created a new portal for emergency preparedness.  The Department uses this information in times of emergency to address critical need and to determine the state of child care across the state. This will also assist the state in determining resources needed to support the sector. You can register your current status on the Colorado Shines website here.

New Guide for Supporting Children During COVID-19

The Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood’s new Family Resource is a five-page guide to help with parenting during a pandemic and promote family well-being.

CO-HELP is Colorado’s call line for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). People who have general questions about COVID-19 can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, for answers in many languages, or email them at COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English.

CO Department of Public Health and Environment provides up to date information about COVID-19

CDHS Update for Child Care Providers, March 2020

Child Care Aware of America is providing news and the latest information for families and child care providers.

No Kid Hungry has launched a texting hotline to provide information about emergency food distribution sites in communities where schools have been closed due to COVID19. Families can text the word “FOOD” (or “COMIDA”) to 877877 to find their nearest sites. Make sure families know these meals are available and where they can find them by helping spread.

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