Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA): The Latest Coronavirus News & Resources for Child Care Professionals, Families and Policymakers

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.

Center for Disease Control (CDC): Schools and Childcare Programs – Checklist for Teachers and Parents

These helpful checklists help you protect yourself, your students, and families by practicing and promoting healthy habits during the school year. Use these checklists to plan and take action if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community.

Early Childhood Investigations Video: Bracing for COVID-19: What Early Childhood Programs Need to Know and Consider Now, by Julie Looper Coats, M.A., Jessica Rose-Malm, M.A. and Tom Copeland

Most of us are not prepared for the impact of COVID-19. While we may have heard tips to mitigate the spread, you may be scrambling to figure out the many other details that will impact your program’s business. It’s time to take a deeper dive into all aspects of disaster preparedness including policies and procedures, health considerations, and the long term consequences of possible program closures. View this urgent and important webinar presented by Julie Looper Coats and Jessica Rose-Malm from Child Care Aware of America to organize your thinking and planning. Child Care business expert, Tom Copeland will also help you begin to plan how to handle tuition and subsidies, obligations to staff members, insurance (or lack thereof) and many other consequences.

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation: Virginia Child Care Guidance Briefing by State Officials – March 19

Yesterday VECF hosted a briefing on Virginia’s recently released child care guidance with state agency officials. Click here to listen to the recording of the call, including important questions from providers across Virginia. As we all adapt and respond to the new reality of COVID-19 as best we can, VECF is committed to persevering with our ongoing efforts to support communities, providers, children, families as well as our state partners and will communicate consistently and fully as needed updates and changes unfold. To receive notices about upcoming calls, please send your contact information to

Voices for Virginia’s Children: Advocating for Virginia’s Children During COVID-19

Our world has turned on a dime over the last week. COVID-19 has impacted the way we work, our social interactions and put many families in financial risk. As we gain our footing in these uncertain times, it’s important that we create stability and a path forward for Virginia’s children. 

This week, our policy team has been working with state and federal officials in their response to COVID-19. We are pleased some solutions have already been put in place and anticipate more actions to follow. This is what we are doing to address many of these new challenges with policy solutions:

  • FOSTER CARE: Voices convened the Foster Care Policy Network to create a shared policy agenda. The members have responded to call on the state to provide some additional flexibility for children and families in the foster care system during this time.
  • MENTAL HEALTH: While much of the focus on mental health is reducing the anxiety of children and caregivers during this time of uncertainty, Virginia’s Medicaid office has been hard at work to ensure that children continue to have access to the services they need. Yesterday, Virginia’s Medicaid office released guidance to families and health providers about temporary changes to the Medicaid program. Notably, co-pays have been eliminated for Medicaid and FAMIS services and many behavioral health services will be available through telehealth.

edWeb: COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic: Considerations for Early Childhood Professionals Webinar

Presented by Andrew Roszak, J.D., M.P.A., EMT-Paramedic, Executive Director, Institute for Childhood Preparedness | Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT 

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We understand that these are challenging times and there is a considerable amount of conflicting information at this time. Gryphon House is partnering with the preparedness experts at the Institute for Childhood Preparedness to offer this special edWebinar, designed to help cut through the noise and provide you with the essential information you need as an early childhood professional. Gryphon House author, Andrew Roszak, provides the latest updates and information designed to help keep you safe.

This recorded edWebinar will be of benefit to preK teachers, librarians, childcare providers, and school and district leaders.