for coping with COVID-19

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Resources Local to Washington DC


DC Can't Have Economic Recovery Without Child Care Investments: A brief from DCAEYC made in partnership with Under 3 DC that highlights the concerns of child care providers, families, and community leaders regarding the reopening of DC child care programs.

The State of the District of Columbia's Babies - From the State of Babies Yearbook: 2020: The State of Babies Yearbook: 2020 compares national and state-by-state data on the well-being of infants and toddlers. This profile provides a snapshot of how infants, toddlers, and their families in the District are faring in the three policy domains of Good Health, Strong Families, and Positive Early Learning Experiences. (ZERO to THREE, think babies)

Open Child Care Facilities


Phase 1 Guidance Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): Guidance for Childcare Facilities 

Monitoring COVID-19 Response: Up-to-date policy, guidance, and resources for organizations serving children, youth, and families in the District of Columbia.

Resources Available for Childcare Providers: A spreadsheet complied by the Under 3 DC Coalition with information about local and federal financial resources and relief measures that may be helpful to early childhood education providers. 

Emergency Food Access:  A compilation of information from DC Food Project, including school sites with free meals for DC youth, other meal sites in DC (and beyond DC), and local organizations in need of assistance.

COVID-19 Emergency Resources portal: Updates from Mayor Bowser's office, including links to small business microgrant and loan opportunities.

Emergency Management Resources for ECE Providers: A spreadsheet from the Low-Income Investment Fund (LIIF) that tracks resources available to child care providers, including local, federal and private sources. LIIF will continue to update the spreadsheet as information changes.

Behavior Health Services in D.C. Accessible During COVID-19: A flyer created in collaboration with ECIN, Children’s National Hospital, DC Health Matters Collaborative, and DC Behavioral Health Care Association highlighting behavioral health care services still available during the COVID-19 crisis.

Connecting Your Patients to Behavioral Health Care During COVID-19: A flyer created in collaboration with ECIN, Children’s National Hospital, DC Health Matters Collaborative, and DC Behavioral Health Care Association. This flyer highlights considerations for primary and behavioral health providers when working with patients with behavioral health concerns.


Economic Resources


SBA loans immediately available to child care providers (First Five Years Fund)

Emergency loans small business guide and checklist in English and in Spanish (Chamber of Commerce)

The small business owner's guide to the CARES Act (U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship)

SBA explainer and Unemployment compensation explainer (Bipartisan Policy Center and Committee for Economic Development)

Small business & COVID-19 resources (Main Street Alliance)

NAEYC Advocacy

 State Survey Data for the District of Columbia: Child Care at a Time of Progress and Peril (PDF): Released in August 2021, this survey of 102 early childhood educators in the District illuminates a major obstacle to working families as the U.S. recovers economically from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Progress and Peril: Child Care at a Crossroads (PDF): Released in July 2021, this survey of 7,500 early childhood educators illuminates a major obstacle to working families as the U.S. recovers economically from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

COVID-19 Statement from NAEYC's CEO

Child Care is Essential and Needs Emergency Support to Survive: Updates regarding NAEYC's actions and advocacy opportunities in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Statement from NAEYC on Passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

From the Front Lines: The Ongoing Effect of the Pandemic on Child Care (PDF)

Child Care and the Paycheck Protection Program (PDF) - NAEYC brief on the experiences of nearly 500 child care programs across the country who applied for the Paycheck Protection Program

 Webinar: "Paying Yourself, Your Staff, and Your Bills: Helping Child Care Programs Understand and Navigate SBA Loan Options *(View PDF Slides)

Taller Virtual: Cómo pagarse a sí mismo, a su personal y sus deudas— Entendamos las opciones de préstamos SBA para programas de cuidado infantil *(Revise los slides del taller - disponible como PDF

SBA Loans: Frequently Asked Questions (English PDF)

Préstamos de la SBA: Preguntas Frecuentes (Spanish PDF)

Paycheck Protection Program: What Child Care Programs Need to Know (English PDF) 

Programa Paycheck Protection: Lo que los programas de cuidado infantil deben saber (Spanish PDF)

Paycheck Protection Program - Updates (English PDF) 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan: What Child Care Programs Need to Know (English PDF)

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL): Lo que los programas de cuidado infantil deben saber (Spanish PDF)

A State-by-State Look at the Ongoing Effects of the Pandemic on Child Care (PDF)

From On Campus to Online: The Impact of the Pandemic on ECE Higher Education Programs (PDF)

Resources from NAEYC's Online Community
Resources on Equity and Diversity
Resources from Educational Organizations​
For Teachers Interacting and Connecting with Children
Information on Talking to Children​
Resources to Support Children's Learning


NAEYC's Virtual Institute 

Message in a Backback articles from Teaching Young Children: Tips and ideas to share with families about supporting preschool age children's learning at home (NAEYC)

 NAEYC For Families: Find research-based resources on child development to reading, writing, music, math, and more!  Need a suggestion? Read 10 Prop Box Ideas: Mini Learning Centers at Home

Discussion from HELLO where educators share ideas for active learning while programs are closed (NAEYC)

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (The Kennedy Center)

PBS KIDS Play and Learn Science App: Includes hands on science projects with everyday materials, along with online science games and explorations

Games, Videos, Brain Boosters and More (National Geographic Kids)

Family Play Plans (TRUCE)

Free Online Books for Young Children (Wakelet)

Kid Builder Resources (First Five Orange County)

Stuck at home with young kids due to the coronavirus? Here’s what to do—and not to do  (The Hechinger Report)

 A resource from the Asian Interest Forum: Coronavirus Scare-Preventing Xenophobia in Early Childhood

Age of Learning is offering families and affected schools free at-home access to ABCmouse, a learning resource for ages 2 to 8; Adventure Academy, open for students ages 8 to 13; and ReadingIQ, a digital library and literacy platform available for children 12 and under

Activites for 12 Months and Up (Educational Insights)

Britannica LaunchPacks: Free access "LaunchPacks" with science and social studies learning content for students in K-12 (Encyclopedia Britannica)

Free Math Activities: Includes downloadable lessons and "virtual manipulatives" for grades K-8 (hand2mind)

"Learn at Home" Digitial Hub (Scholastic)

Resources for Social Distancing with Kids: An ongoing public document with ideas to keep kids learning. Includes activities broken down by age, apps for kids, and other resources.

Free Resources from Lakeshore: More than 1,000 resources for the classroom and home (Lakeshore)

Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour through American History: Dr. Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian Institutes Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large, offers this 12 hour video course at The Great Courses, which you can access within a free trial. (The Great Courses)

A Children's Guide to Folklore and Wonder Tales: Dr. Hannah Blevins Harvey, treats you to dynamic, theatrical, and engaging tellings of cherished tales from around the world, through this 12 hour video course at The Great Courses, which you can access within a free trial. (The Great Courses)

Colorations Educational Craft Ideas: This is a website we maintain with hundreds of educational and grade appropriate craft ideas that you can do at home. (Discount School Supplies).

Storytime From Space: Videos of astronauts reading STEM themed books from the International Space Station (Storytime From Space)

Steve Spangler Science: Experiments You Can Do at Home: This is a site established by science guy Steve Spangler, who’s been on 'The Ellen Show' over 20 times, with close to 400 science experiments you can do at home (Steve Spangler Science)

Really Good Stuff Student Activity Printables: There are about 40 free printable student activities on this page from K-6 company Really Good Stuff, which you can do at home, especially if you have limited resources (Really Good Stuff)

Kidomi All-In-On Super App: This is a 2018 National Parenting Product Awards Winner from Fingerprint Play, and is a subscription app for kids 6 - 12 with thousands of hours of games, books, and videos all from top family brands you know and love. You can sign up for a free trial. (Fingerprint Play)

Resources in Spanish
Health & Wellness


That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief: An article from Harvard Business review examining the grief people are feeling due to COVID-19.


Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety: Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.


Small Steps to Taking Better Care During Scary Times: Self care advice from the blog Girls Night In.


Simple Habit: An audio wellness app with  a collection of free guided meditations designed to ease Coronavirus fears.


Headspace: A mediation app with a free collection for everyone called "Weathering the Storm." Free access to all K-12 teachers, school administrators, and supporting staff also available.


Portland Insight Medical Center is offering live meditation sessions if you want to be in community for mindfulness. 


The Daily: Learning to Live with the Coronavirus: The March 13th episode of The New York Times podcast The Daily, focusing on how best to navigate this new reality. Other episodes related to COVID-19 found here.


CDC Mental Health Guidance & Resources


Echoing Green’s Tips for Maintaining Wellbeing During COVID-19


Mindfulness Breaks: Practice mindfulness with Maria Gehl, an internationally recognized leader in mindfulness in early childhood. During these 15-minute weekly sessions (Fridays at 12pm EST), Maria will guide us through simple yet effective techniques to use throughout each day to manage stress and anxiety. Set up through ZERO TO THREE.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources for the HealthySteps Network

Mental Health Resources to Support Response and Recovery: Tip sheets and resources from the Office of Head Start for families and staff affected by a crisis or tragic event.

Supporting Families in Uncertain Times:  Facebook and Twitter messages from the Office of Head Start that can let parents and families know that you are thinking of and supporting them.