COVID-19 Policy Resources

The Ounce and its partners are closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation at federal, state and local levels. We are responding to emergency requests from state leaders across the country to support the ever-shifting landscape of state policy needs around early childhood. In addition to providing counsel and support directly to the Illinois Governor’s Office, we have provided recommendations and research around state responses to COVID-19 to leaders in Texas, Georgia, Washington, Oregon and others. We are also actively signing on to letters to federal and state legislators requesting significant attention to and investments in our country’s young children,
their families and the early education field. Our latest resources and recommendations are below.

Ounce Policy Recommendations:

Ounce Requests and Statements: 

Additional Resources:

  • Over the course of the last year, the Ounce has worked with a group of early childhood organizations, community leaders and experts to design a shared online community –
    the Early Childhood Connector – for our field to connect and share, in real-time, the great work the early childhood community is doing. While this platform will ultimately become a broader knowledge-sharing community for the early childhood field – the ECConnector has launched early to facilitate a more collaborative response to the COVID-19 crisis. Join today so we can all work more efficiently to respond to the urgent needs facing our families and children!
  • National resources for providers and advocates to help you through this difficult time as you work to support our youngest learners and their families.
  • Are you in Washington? The Washington State Department of Youth and Families is providing the most up-to-date COVID-19 information and general guidelines to providers, families and state organizations.
  • Are you in Illinois? Our Illinois policy resources provide a variety of helpful information and guidelines for families, children and providers in Illinois.

For additional information about COVID-19 policy work in your state, please contact the Ounce’s National Policy Team at If you would like to learn more about the current policy work as it relates to COVID-19 in Illinois, please contact the Illinois Policy Team at