New Resources Now Available for Child Care Providers

Child care providers are a critical component to keeping Iowa’s economy up and running. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, they have struggled to keep their doors open and have had trouble getting the necessary cleaning supplies to keep the children in their care safe.
Through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Iowa has received $39.1 million to help these providers. The Iowa Department of Human Resources (DHS), the agency responsible for distributing the funds, released a plan last week detailing how the money will be used. Here are the key points of the plan:

To see the entire plan and instructions on how to apply for these funds, visit: https://dhs.iowa.gov/childcare/funding-opportunities
For the Frequently Asked Questions page, go to: https://dhs.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/DHS_FAQ_CARES_Funding.pdf?050520202312=&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
For additional childcare guidance, please visit: https://dhs.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/DHS_ChildCareGuidance.pdf?032120201912

Source: State Rep. Tracy Ehlert's weekly email 2020.05.15



Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (IAAEYC):
Child Care Center Closing Due to COVID-19? Next Steps
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
FREE Webinar - Families & Educators Supporting Learning at Home: Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 2-3 p.m. CDT. Register Here.
The Ongoing Effect of the Pandemic on Child Care
Coping With COVID-19: This website provides you with resources divided in the following categories: health organizations, advocacy, NAEYC online community, NAEYC interest forums, educational organizations, teachers interacting and connecting with children, information on talking to children, support children's learning, math, and resources in Spanish.
Center of the Developing Child-Harvard University: This site has many resources for many in our field, including: Activities, Child Care, Community Service Referrals, Domestic Violence, Food Insecurity, Guidance for Parents and Caregivers, Health Care and Medical Professionals, Home Visiting, Housing/Homelessness, Policy, and Research Collection. Below are just a select few:
The Brain Architects COVID-19 Special Edition Podcast Episode 1: " A Different World"
The Brain Architects COVID-19 Special Edition Podcast  Episode 2: "Self-Care isn't Selfish"
The Brain Architects COVID-19 Special Edition Podcast Episode 3: "Communities of Opportunity"
The Brain Architects COVID-19 Special Edition Podcast Episode 4: "Addressing Domestic Violence"
The Brain Architects COVID-19 Special Edition Podcast Episode 5: "Mental Health in Lock Down"
A Guide to COVID-19 and Early Childhood Development
Activities Guide: Enhancing and Practicing Executive
Thinking About Racial Disparity in COVID-19 Impacts Through a Science Informed Lens
How to Support Children (and Yourself) During the COVID-19 Outbreak (Also in Spanish)
Save the Children: Save the Children has been around for 100 years giving children in the US and around the world a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. They are always among toe first to respond and the last to leave whenever a crisis strikes.
Protecting the Child Care Industry During COVID-19
How to Help Children with Difficult Transitions,Like School Closures Due to Coronavirus
Coronavirus and Kids: Resources from Save the Children

Easterseals Illinois Autism Partnership: Resources include online stories to help parents explain COVID-19 and social distancing and a toolkit for helping parents structure their time during school closure. More resourses are available on their website.
Coronavirus Social Story – Help children understand coronavirus.
Social Distancing Social Story – Help children understand social distancing.
School Closure Toolkit - Help families structure their time at home during the school closures.
National Association for Family Child Care: This association has a wide variety of COVID-19 resources on their website specific to family child care. Included in the many resources posted are the following:
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) -Administered through your Local Bank or Credit Union.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) – Administered through the Small Business Administration
Family Child Care Providers are Eligible to Recieve Unemployment Benefits When...