NH ChILD is a collaborative effort to re-shape the early childhood education landscape in New Haven. It’s a big vision with even bigger implications for children, families and communities. As such, it will require commitment, partnership and a broad range of resources. As we progress in our work, we’re compiling and sharing some of the key resources, for educators, care providers, parents and community members, including information and links for Covid relief and publications that provide detailed information on NH ChILD’s approach and plans to ensure all children in New Haven have access to high-quality early care and education.
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Covid Vaccine Q&A with Dr. Steven McDonald
Check out this informative discussion on the Covid-19 vaccine with Dr. Stephen McDonald from Columbia University Medical Center. This webinar focuses on early care and education environments and their connection to vaccinations.
What are the COVID-19 Financial Implications for your Childcare Center?
Most ECE centers have experienced negative financial implications due to COVID-19, but relief is out there. What do you need to know? What documents do you need? What questions should you ask your accountant? Get the info you need by watching our recent webcast session featuring a facilitated conversation between NH ChILD’s Executive Director, Dr. Wendy Simmons and Not For Profit Tax Specialist, Mary Antonetti of Marcum LLP.
Other Covid Resources
Over the past year, our community has faced the unprecedented challenge of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, causing new and challenging conditions for everyone: health care needs, income uncertainty, food instability, and virtual learning for even our youngest learners. To assist, NH ChILD has compiled some resources to help you to care and provide for your families, maintain your businesses, and continue to support your children’s growth and development. This list of resources is by no means exhaustive. If you would to share resources for us to post, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has information related to how to prevent contracting COVID-19, what do if you think that you are infected, as well other guidance documents and data on the spread of the virus.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a series of fact sheets about managing during an infectious disease outbreak including how to speak with children, how to cope with stress, and how to behavioral health. They are also available in Spanish.
World Health Organization (WHO) has a dedicated page to COVID-19 including information about the virus, global updates, as well as advice and other resources.
Given the need for social distancing, many insurance providers have approved telehealth options for their clients during the pandemic. Children and families may consider the following:
You are entitled to paid sick leave during the COVID-19 pandemic under the Family First Act.
Loans: Small Business Administration Loans – Small businesses, including child care programs and family child care providers, can begin applying for COVID-19 related Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans through the SBA. The First Five Years Fund (FFYF) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s (USCCF) Center for Education & Workforce have produced a resource with details regarding how to apply: Small Business Administration Loans Available for Child Care Providers
For more information to offer childcare to essential workers connect with CT Cares for Child Care on the Office of Early Childhood website.
Dial 2-1-1 or check 211childcare for local services ranging from utility assistance, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much more.
Podcasts for kids from www.timeout.com
Vroom offers a tips and resources to support learning during the first five years.
NH ChILD’s ECRN addresses barriers to access by creating a common application, streamlined access to resources, and an online community for families with young children.
Read about our vision, progress and plans, including our updated data dashboard.
A commitment to equity is one of our core principles to change the early care and education system.
A Comprehensive Approach to Professional Learning to Reach All New Haven Early Childhood Educators. Written by Bank Street Education Center
Establishing New Haven Children’s Ideal Learning District
Establishing New Haven Children’s Ideal Learning District
Talking to Children about War
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
American Psychological Association (APA)
- Children in the heat of war
- Resilience in a time of war: Tips for parents and teachers of middle school children
- Resilience in a time of war: Tips for parents & day-care providers of preschool children
- Resilience in a time of war: Tips for parents and teachers of elementary school children
- Children After War: A Novel Approach to Promoting Resilience Through Music
Join NH ChILD Executive Director, Wendy Waithe Simmons, Ph.D., in a Facebook Live chat with Sherri Killins Stewart, Ed.D about maternal health.
With the triple pandemics of health, economics, and race, we have all faced a lot this past year. Mental health awareness is more important than ever, particularly for children. As a part of mental health awareness month, Executive Director of New Haven ChILD, Dr. Wendy Waithe Simmons joined Dr. Walter Gilliam, Professor in the Yale University Child Study Center and Professor of Psychology; Director, The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy for a one-hour conversation about the importance of mental health resources in early childhood education.
View the facebook live presentation below.
publication of Trust for Learning