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4/7/2020

Working through COVID-19 with Young Children at Home

Message for the Early Learning Coalition and Citrus Health Network

The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe and Citrus Health Network cordially invites you to attend "A Parent's Webinar: Working through COVID-19 with Young Children at Home" on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 11:00 am.

4/6/2020

Need help finding child care?

Message for the Early Learning Coalition

The Early Learning Coalition of Miami‐Dade/Monroe can help parents find child care in the more than 300 child care programs that remain open in Miami‐Dade and Monroe Counties.

4/3/2020

New Supplemental Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention For Child Care Programs That Remain Open

Message from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued these additional considerations intended to provide guidance for a range of child care programs

4/2/2020

Governor DeSantis Issues Statewide Executive Stay at Home Order

Message from Governor DeSantis

Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Statewide Stay at Home Order to prevent the spread of COVID-19

4/1/20220 English and Spanish Provider Meeting FAQs

Message for the Early Learning Coalition

The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe recently held six web-based Provider Meetings

4/1/2020

ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Message from US Treasury Department

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses

3/31/2020

CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY LOANS Small Business Guide and Checklist

Message from US Chamber of Commerce

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses

3/31/2020

A Message from The Children's Trust

A Message from The Children's Trust

The Children's Trust announces two webinars for nonprofits and small businesses

3/30/2020 COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Message from the Early Learning Coalition

A listing of frequently asked questions from the March Provider Meetings.

3/27/2020 President Trump signs the CARES ACT

Message from the White House

SECURING EMERGENCY RELIEF: President Donald J. Trump is signing bipartisan legislation to provide relief

3/27/2020

Florida Department of Education/Office of Early Learning Q & A Guidance – March 26, 2020

Message from The Department of Education and the Office of Early Learning

Q & A document that includes the effective dates to implement provisions to minimize the impact of COVID-19 for providers and families

3/27/2020

Relief is on the way for child care providers!

Message from the Early Learning Coalition

Recently Congress passed a sweeping economic stimulus bill to provide relief to America’s families, small businesses, and major industries

3/27/2020

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Student Meal Distribution Sites

Message from Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, Miami-Dade County Public Schools will be distributing Grab-and-Go Meals

3/27/2020

PDI Online Webinars Week of Saturday, March 28, 2020 to Friday, April 3, 2020

Message from PDI

PDI remains open and our educators are working hard to continue providing high-quality training across Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties

3/27/2020

Royal Reading Time

Message from PDI

Welcome to Royal Reading Time, an online storytelling resource brought to you in English and Spanish every Friday

3/26/2020

U.S. Department of Labor National Disaster Dislocated Worker Grants

Message from CareerSource South Florida

CareerSource South Florida (CSSF) was entreated to submit a funding request to serve displaced workers due to COVID-19

3/24/2020

Message to School Readiness and VPK Providers - 3/24

Message from The Department of Education and the Office of Early Learning

The Department of Education and the Office of Early Learning are committed to providing up-to-date information

3/24/2020

Free Online CLASS Subscriptions

Message from PDI

PDI is offering FREE online subscriptions for myTeachstone CLASS™

3/23/2020

The Children's Trust Thrive by 5 Quality Improvement System

Message from The Children's Trust

As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we understand child care programs are making decisions about operations on a day-by-day basis.

3/22/2020

Message to School Readiness and VPK Providers

Update from the Department of Education and the Office of Early Learning

The health and safety of our School Readiness (SR) and Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) students, families, and providers’ staff is of utmost importance.

3/20/2020

ELC Professional Development Institute Online Classes Available

Message from Professional Development Institute

As members of our training community, we wanted to share that the Professional Development Institute (PDI) remains your number one training partner.

3/20/2020

Early Learning Providers: Temporary Closures

Message from Early Learning Coalition

The Early Learning Coalition (ELC) understands some early childhood programs have temporarily closed

3/19/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update March 19, 2020

Update from the Office of Early Learning

We received an update from the Office of Early Learning and wanted to share it with you immediately.

3/19/2020

COVID-19 Childcare Guidelines

Update from Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has issued the following

3/19/2020

DCF SAFEGUARDS CLIENTS AND EMPLOYEES BY CLOSING STOREFRONTS

Update from DCF

More than 90 percent of customers file for benefits online or by phone

3/18/2020

Service Center Update: March 18, 2020

Update from Early Learning Coalition

While our locations will be closed to the public, our ongoing operations to serve the children, families and early learning programs

3/17/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update March 17, 2020

Update from the Department of Education and the Office of Early Learning

At a time when information is vital to operations, we believe it is best to share what we have when we have it.

3/17/2020

Eligibility Services Update

Update from Early Learning Coalition

Out of an abundance of caution and to protect the safety and welfare of those we serve we have decided to suspend person-to-person interactions at all of our office locations and field operations

3/17/2020

Business Damage Assessment Survey

Message from Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)

Governor DeSantis recently announced the distribution of the Business Damage Assessment survey

3/17/2020

The State of Florida Issues Updates on COVID-19

Update from the State of Florida

The State of Florida is responding to COVID-19

3/16/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update March 16, 2020

Our collective efforts have brought focus on important provider and child care issues across the state.
3/16/2020

MOST EARLY LEARNING PROGRAMS IN MIAMI-DADE/MONROE REMAIN OPEN

Message from Early Learning Coalition

The Early Learning Coalition understands that this is a time of great anxiety and uncertainty for everyone in our community.

3/12/2020

Professional Development Institute Training Update

Message from Professional Development Institute

Professional Development Institute is moving all current and future courses to an online platform.

3/12/2020

Emergency Closures and Child Attendance

Update from the Office of Early Learning

An overview of how our partnerships and current regulations work for emergency closures and child attendance

3/10/2020

POSTPONED - Annual Provider Orientations for 2020-2021 SR and VPK

Message from Early Learning Coalition - Contract Department

ELCMDM is postponing the School Readiness and Voluntary Prekindergarten Provider Orientations scheduled for March 2020

3/10/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention

Update from Miami-Dade County

Tips for Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention

3/10/2020

COVID- 19 UPDATE Child Care Program Operations

Message from Early Learning Coalition

As part of our commitment to keeping you informed of ongoing updates on the COVID-19 virus

3/5/2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Hotline Open

Message from Florida Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health has set-up a hotline for people in the state with questions about COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

3/4/2020

Florida Preparedness for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Update from the Department of Education and the Office of Early Learning

Communication from the Florida Department of Education detailing information and resources available about COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

https://www.elcmdm.org/newsroom/news-updates/working-through-covid-19-with-young-children-at-homeBasic principles

Following basic principles can help keep students, teachers, and staff safe at school and help stop the spread of this disease. Recommendations for healthy schools are:

  • Sick students, teachers and other staff should not come to school
  • Schools should enforce regular hand washing with safe water and soap, alcohol rub/hand sanitizer or chlorine solution and, at a minimum, daily disinfection and cleaning of school surfaces
  • Schools should provide water, sanitation and waste management facilities and follow environmental cleaning and decontamination procedures
  • Schools should promote social distancing (a term applied to certain actions that are taken to slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease, including limiting large groups of people coming together). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends group sizes of 10 or less.

Tips for Maintaining Social Distance

  • Staggering the beginning and end of the school day
  • Canceling assemblies, sports games and other events that create crowded conditions
  • When possible, create space for children’s desks to be at least three feet apart
  • Teach and model creating space and avoiding unnecessary touching

COVID-19 Resources

Miami-Dade Government Updates

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Florida Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control


Child Care Food Program Caterers Listed By County 

Emergency Food Distribution & Food Pantries


How to Self- Quarantine: (March 6, New York Times):

This article by Roni Caryn Rabin, published by the New York Times March 6, 2020, provides information on the difference of self-quarantine and self-isolation. The importance of staying home, the challenges, and the measures you should take to keep others and yourself out of risk from the coronavirus.


Talking with Students about Coronavirus

  • Guide to helping families Cope with Coronavirus (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

This article provided by the NCTSN offers information on what you should know about the Coronavirus & COVID-19, and how to prepare your family for a potentially infectious disease outbreak, with links to the most up to date and accurate information by the CDC. Also, it provides preventive measures on reducing your family’s risk, coping with stress, and helping children cope, with a chart of how to help them by age group along with phone numbers and links to seek additional help.

  • Responding to Children’s Emotional Needs During Times of Crises (American Academy of Pediatrics)

This article provides important tips offered by pediatricians to help support children and families suffering emotional and psychological reactions to disasters and other crisis events.

  • Talking to children about COVID-19: A Parent Resource (National Association of School Psychologists)

This is a parent resource offers tips and specific guidance on how to best have a conversation concerning COVID-19 with children and how to keep explanations age-appropriate. Also, the article provides a link to access the most correct information to stay informed, as well as a few additional resources that you may find helpful in regards to talking to children, coping with stress, CDC and prevention, and handwashing.


Additional Resources

University of FL. Health: This is a website created by the University of Florida is a comprehensive resource for updates and information about COVID-19. Please stick to the Overview tab as it is the only tab that provides all the pertinent information such as; definition to the coronavirus, alternative names, causes to the coronavirus, symptoms, exams and tests, treatment, outlook (prognosis), possible complications, when to contact medical professionals, and most importantly prevention. As well as, 3 short videos about common colds, pneumonia, vacation health care, and coronavirus images.

Environmental Protection Agency: This specific link provides updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. This website provides key EPA resources on the coronavirus, along with resources related to COVID-19.

Florida Department of Health: This website provides what you need to know about COVID-19 in Florida; what you can do to prevent and prepare for COVID-19, what to do if you think you have been exposed, and what to do if you are sick. Additionally, this website provides the latest updates on Florida’s current resident and non-FL resident confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. Lastly, this website has the COVID-19 call center phone number which is available 24/7.

Guidance for Child Care Providers: When you visit this website please go to the bottom of the page and click on the blue box that reads “schools & Childcare”, and you will be routed to the following link; https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/schools/ and it will inform you of the role of your school in regards to responding to COVID-19, how your school should prepare, and what to do when a confirmed case has entered the school, regardless of community transmission.

Florida Department of Health Coronavirus toolkit: When you visit this website please click on the “resources” tab at the upper right hand of the page, it will route you to the following link https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/resources/ and it offers a link to the CDC, any outreach materials all related to COVID-19.

Feeding Florida: This link (https://www.feedingflorida.org/allows) you to find food sources anywhere in the county. On the website, they have a map available to view available locations by city or zip code or the option to view all. Feeding Florida provides food to all Floridians facing hunger; children, seniors, working poor, single parents, veterans, and they also work with shelters and group homes to provide sustenance necessary to find permanent housing, income, and other critical services.

Do you need help finding open child care centers? Call CCR&R 305-646-7220 for help.

Parent Information & Resources

Miami-Dade Government Updates

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Florida Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control


Emergency Food Distribution & Food Pantries


Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

This website reviews specific guidelines and tips on talking to kids about coronavirus. It also includes information on COVID-19 symptoms and hygiene tips for a healthy lifestyle.


COVID-19 and Students with Disabilities

https://www.ncsecs.org/news/covid-19-and-students-with-disabilities/

This article explores the critical considerations schools must take as they develop plans to educate students with disabilities during these uncertain times. Check information often, as updates are being made frequently to keep up with the evolving situation.


 

Coronavirus: Latest Updates and Tips for talking with kids

https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Talking-With-Children-Tips-for-Caregivers-Parents-and-Teachers-During-Infectious-Disease-Outbreaks/PEP20-01-01-006

The coronavirus impacts everyone and it creates added challenges for some people, that includes kids and adults with learning differences or disabilities. Navigate various tools and information to help at home, at school, and at work in both English and Spanish.


Policy Innovators in Education Network

https://pie-network.org/article/rapid-response-coronavirus/

A collection of resources that may be helpful to families as well as local, state, and district leaders.


Free Internet

https://internetessentials.com/

Comcast is offering free internet for two months to qualifying customers.


Sample Daily Schedule

https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSZhOdEPAWjUQpqDkVAlJrFwxxZ9Sa6zGOq0CNRms6Z7DZNq-tQWS3OhuVCUbh_-P-WmksHAzbsrk9d/pub

Khan Academy has created sample schedules for children preschool to 12th grade.


How Should Parents Prepare for Coronavirus, School Closures, and Getting Anything Done?

https://www.ednavigator.com/resources/how-should-parents-prepare-for-coronavirus-school-closures-and-getting-anything-done

Tips to help parents feel as prepared as possible to keep their children home when schools are closed.


Kids and COVID-19: What Parents Should Know

https://medicine.yale.edu/news-article/22996/

Answers various questions parents might have about COVID-19 and how it affects children.


11 Questions Parents May Have About Coronavirus

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/09/parenting/coronavirus-parents-need-to-know.html

Article last updated March 22 answering some of the most pressing questions on parents’ minds regarding COVID-19.


Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus in Homes and Residential Communities (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html

Recommended precautions for household members, intimate partners, and caregivers in a nonhealthcare setting of a patient with confirmed COVID-19 or a patient under investigation.

 Child Care Aware

https://www.childcareaware.org/our-issues/crisis-and-disaster-resources/

Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) is committed to providing news and the latest information to help prepare families, child-care providers and policymakers as we closely monitor the situation around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. To equip communities, CCAoA gathered resources to ensure the safety of all individuals. We are also interested in learning how Coronavirus has impacted your community. Your comments will help inform CCAoA and policymakers.


 Head Start/ECLCK

https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/physical-health/article/coronavirus-prevention-response

The Office of Head Start (OHS) recognizes that grantees are concerned about the impact Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) may have on their programs. Head Start and Early Head Start programs should take steps to prevent the introduction and spread of coronavirus among their staff, children, and families. Through collaboration and coordination with local health departments, programs can take steps to disseminate information about the disease and its potential transmission.


 Zero to Three

https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3210-tips-for-families-talking-about-the-coronavirus

These resources offer tips for families including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing.

https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3211-why-are-people-wearing-masks-why-are-people-covering-their-faces

Sometimes our toddlers ask us questions that are hard to answer—especially when we are not sure what the right answer is, like the situation many communities are facing with COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). For children under three years, it is best to answer their questions simply in a language they understand.


 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Available in English, simplified Chinese, and Spanish)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2Findex.html

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading national public health institute of the United States. Its main goal is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability in the US and internationally. Find the latest information on - What You Need to know relating to COVID-19, Resources for the Community, COVID-19 Cases in the U.S., and Information for Healthcare Professionals.


 Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-schools.html

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs - plan, prepare, and respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html

Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs - before and during an outbreak

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children

https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/helping-children-cope.html

Helping children cope with emergencies

https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/tools-and-resources.html

Caring for children in a Disaster - Tools and Resources