During an uncertain time, OPSR hopes to provide child care providers with resources from across the nation that will help them to best serve children and families. Below are just a few supports that can make us a stronger, well-informed early childhood community amid COVID-19.
- Child care is made a priority by bipartisan lawmakers as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) including $3.5 billion in additional funding for the Child Care Development Block Grant Program. To learn even more how this act will provide some relief to child care, read First Five Years Funds' in-depth look at this stimulus package.
- Child Care Aware® of America offers some recommendations for child care providers to help determine if they should remain in operations during the coronavirus. If you're facing this important, difficult decision, try downloading their coronavirus flow chart.
- Due to many school closings, No Kid Hungry is helping to make sure vulnerable children don't miss meals. If you're feeding children and families that are affected by the coronavirus, you can apply for an emergency grant. This grant supports local school districts and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to ensure kids get the nutritious food they need. Apply here: https://www.nokidhungry.org/coronavirus-grant-request.