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Early Care and Education Consortium

News Clips for Friday, May 1, 2020
National
Commentary: Universal child care was provided during World War II. We need it again during this pandemic — and beyond. (Chicago Tribune) Historically, times of crisis have brought out the best in U.S. policymaking. The Great Depression ushered in the New Deal. The Cuyahoga River burning due to industrial pollution in 1969 gave us the Environmental Protection Agency. What might the coronavirus-fueled public health and economic emergencies lead to? If we follow another example from history, the answer just might be universal child care.
State
CA - Governor Newsom Announces New Online Portal to Help Parents Find Local and Convenient Child Care Options (CA.gov) Governor Gavin Newsom today announced a new portal to help parents, including essential workers and vulnerable families, find safe, reliable and accessible child care options. The new portal is available at covid19.ca.gov/childcare and enables parents to enter their location and the type of care they need, instantly receiving a list of local center-based and family child care programs. 

GA - Georgia child care programs invited to apply for STABLE payments (WRDW) Beginning May 1, all licensed Georgia child care providers are invited to apply for STABLE payments that can be used for salaries, benefits, tuition relief, supplies, and other necessities. STABLE payments are Short Term Assistance Benefit for Licensed Entities payments from the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL).

MI - New childcare relief fund established during COVID-19 pandemic (Michigan Advance) Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a $130 million Child Care Relief Fund to lower costs of childcare for Michigan families during the COVID-19 pandemic, while also ensuring childcare businesses stay open. The fund provides direct, non-competitive grants to childcare providers to help ensure that providers currently serving essential workers remain open and costs associated with providing care during the pandemic are not passed on to families. 

NY - State Allocates Federal Funds to Underwrite Child Care Costs (Patch.com) Under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the State of New York has allocated $30 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) to cover the cost of child care services delivered by eligible providers. To qualify, parents' income level must be less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level – or $78,600 for a family of four.

OR - Lawmaker wants Oregon to reevaluate child care reimbursement rates (My Columbia Basin) Oregon should look at a different method to determine child care reimbursement rates, according to Rep. Cedric Hayden (R-Roseburg). He said the state’s current market-based rate isn’t fair when there isn’t a market to begin with.

TX - Some Essential Workers in Texas Relying on Child Care Subsidies (Spectrum News) The costs of child care can be overwhelming, especially during a crisis. The state is helping out by expanding who can get subsidized child care. As parts of the Texas economy reopen on May 1, child care centers will still only be able to provide services to children whose parents are designated as essential workers or are receiving protective day care services authorized by the Department of Family & Protective Services. 

WA - Coronavirus could lead to better child care if Washington acts now (Crosscut) Washington state, unlike our neighbors Oregon and California, has not ordered the closure of its child care programs. That means it’s been up to individual day care providers to figure out how to operate in the midst of a pandemic without going bankrupt. The result is a hodgepodge of solutions by providers both here and throughout the country.

 

Early Care and Education Consortium

News Clips for Thursday, April 30, 2020
National
Stevens Urges Treasury, Federal Reserve to Support Struggling Child Care Providers (House.gov) Today, Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11) sent a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, asking the U.S. Treasury to work with the Federal Reserve to make federal assistance available to struggling child care providers. According to a recent survey by the Early Care and Education Consortium, major child care providers have experienced a near 75% drop in attendance due to state and local stay-at-home orders, resulting in closures of about 65% of programs. 
The Men Pushing to Open the Economy Clearly Don’t Need Child Care (The Nation) I’m not the only one, but if you listen to various state governors or the president of the United States, you’d think that the only parts of the country that need to be reopened are businesses and churches. Politicians want people to get back to work as soon as possible, but they seem to have no idea that, without child care, a huge swath of the workforce will remain tied to their homes.

Childcare remains a wildcard as businesses slowly reopen (The Business Journals) Parents preparing to go back to work as businesses slowly reopen have a dilemma: many schools won’t reopen until fall, and regular child-care arrangements have gone out the window with daycare centers closed and camps and activities put on hold. The White House is currently reviewing CDC-prepared guidelines to allow the phased reopening of childcare programs, among other businesses, and that report is expected to be released within the week, The Washington Post reports.
State
AR - Childcare group calls for support (Times Record) Early childhood advocates this week called for immediate support to protect Arkansas’s child care sector during and after the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, more than half of the state’s 2,000 child care providers remain open, yet many are facing steeply declining enrollments and a persistent lack of access to cleaning supplies, medical equipment and essential food items, according to the Arkansas Early Childhood Association based in Little Rock.

CT - Connecticut To Subsidize Child Care For Frontline Workers (WSHU) Connecticut has launched a subsidized program for frontline workers who cannot afford the cost of child care during the COVID-19 pandemic.The CTCARES for Frontline Workers program gives a $200 childcare subsidy for a child for six weeks, with a maximum of $500 per family per week.

KY - Date set for certain non-essential businesses to reopen (Messenger-Inquirer) Gov. Andy Beshear gave more details about his phased-in plans to reopen the economy during his daily coronavirus press conference. He hopes child care centers reopen in June.

NM - High-profile budget items could be cut amid New Mexico's economic downturn (Santa Fe New Mexican) Legislators are considering reducing funding for once-sacred projects in order to address New Mexico’s massive budget shortfall in the wake of plummeting oil prices and the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on tax revenue and the economy. Another item under scrutiny is a $320 million appropriation to create the state’s new Early Childhood Education and Care Fund, an initiative co-sponsored by Smith and also a priority of Lujan Grisham’s.

NY - NY Lt. Gov. talks regional reopening plans, help with childcare (13WHAM-TV) Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans last week to reopen New York state's economy by region. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is overseeing those plans for Western New York. She addressed CDC guidelines on reopening schools and how colleges are adjusting, as well as potential financial relief for child care.

PA - Emergency fund to save Philadelphia child care gives out $1.5M in grants (WHYY) The city’s Reinvestment Fund has begun disbursing aid designed to save Philadelphia’s child care and early childhood education sector, which has been decimated by the shutdown caused by COVID-19. It has given $1.5 million in grants to 120 organizations, ranging from home-based providers to large day-care centers.

Useful Links

 

 

 

National Early Childhood Leadership Center

$25 Discount on NECLC Leadership Training Online - 8 hours OA Credit.

www.eceleadership.com

 

 

Early Learning Resources Ohio is a subscriber-based web platform providing an extensive knowledge hub of tools focused on supporting the needs of early childhood education and care professionals. $10 Discount on subscription.

Early Learning Resource Ohio

 



Child Care Exchange

FREE subscription to Child Care Information Exchange Magazine!

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Build Ohio

Build Ohio is now the website for the latest information on the Early Learning Challenge Grant.  Formerly Build Ohio was an independent collaboration of public and private partners, and the work of the organization was transitioned to the Early Childhood Cabinet. Ohio remains a Build state, and continues to contribute to the Build national movement that is redefining early childhood for our children and their families.

  

Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Servicesvideopresentation 

Ohio Department of Education

 

 

Ohio Afterschool Network

This network serves as a vehicle to positively impact the afterschool environment in Ohio. They bring together a number of systems and stakeholders, including policymakers, educators, parents, and service providers. Through the abilities of this network, their work will result in all Ohio families having access to high quality afterschool experiences.
 

 

 

The Heckman Equation

 

Anyone looking for upstream solutions to the biggest problems facing America should look to Nobel Prize winning University of Chicago Economics Professor James Heckman's work to understand the great gains to be had by investing in early and equal development of human potential.
 

 Harvard Center on the Developing Child

 

Drawing on the full breadth of intellectual resources available across Harvard University’s graduate schools and affiliated hospitals, the Center generates, translates, and applies knowledge in the service of improving life outcomes for children in the United States and throughout the world.

ReadyNation

A business partnership for economic and early childhood success.  ReadyNation amplifies the voice of business leaders in support of early childhood policies that strengthen our economy and workforce.

 

 

Child Care Aware of America

Child Care Aware of America, formerly NACCRRA (the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies), is the nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies nationwide to help ensure that all families in the United States have access to quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, offer comprehensive training to child care professionals, undertake groundbreaking research and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families.

National Resource Center

The Licensing Toolkit to Limit Screen Time in Child Care is a great resource for Child Care Providers. 

As with our other toolkits, this one contains three concise, audience-specific sheets:
1) Licensing Agency Action Sheet
2) Child Care Provider Action Sheet
3) Legislator Action Sheet

All of these can be found here.
 

Every Child Matters

Every parent sees endless possibilities and great hope in the eyes of a child. As a nation, when we look at today’s children, we see tomorrow’s leaders — scientists, teachers, doctors and diplomats. But for our children to thrive and America to stay competitive in the 21st-century global economy, we must support their development, their families and the public policies that work for both.

Click here for an article about the upcoming cuts in Early Childhood Funding.

 

 

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We're a digital library that offers a variety of content and services—most at no charge—to Ohio's 1.9 million PreK-12 students, their parents, and their teachers. 

Our Vision

Each Ohio PreK-12 student has equal access to high quality digital resources for a successful education and future.

Our Mission

INFOhio transforms student learning by providing equitable access to quality resources and cost-effective instructional and technical support for each student, educator, and parent in Ohio.

"All about all students learning."

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Do you have a child who is no longer a good fit at your preschool?
 
Does this child’s challenges put them at risk for expulsion?
 
Now there’s support available to you.
The Ohio Preschool Expulsion Prevention Partnership (OPEPP) is a collaboration among the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and local early childhood mental health providers. Funded by OhioMHAS as part of the Whole Child Matters initiative to decrease the high rate of preschool expulsion, its goal is to reduce preschool expulsions by providing on-site consultation to licensed early learning programs.

The Ohio Preschool Expulsion Prevention Partnership is a resource to help any licensed preschools and child care providers in Ohio with preschool-age children whose behavior poses challenges in the preschool setting, putting them at risk for expulsion.

      Access Consultation Services

  1. Call the Ohio Preschool Expulsion Prevention Partnership at 844-678-ABCs (2227) or complete our online request form. The information provided will immediately be forwarded to an early childhood consultant in your area.
  2. The call line, which is operated by Nationwide Children's, is available from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays. The online request form is available 24/7. Calls made after hours will be returned promptly the next business day.
  3. You will be contacted within hours by the early childhood consultant in your area who will schedule an in-person consultation at your site to occur in the next two business days. Ohio MHAS has contracted with local providers, such as referral agencies and community mental health providers from across Ohio, to deliver on-site early childhood classroom consultation.
  4. The consultant will initiate a working relationship with program staff where they will:
    • Observe and consult at your site
    • Provide recommendations on specific classroom strategies and interventions designed to have immediate impact
    • Offer service recommendations and referrals for your students and families (including referrals to local mental health providers if necessary)
    • Give recommendations for training and professional development
    • Connect you with free early childhood trainings

       

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