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 and Statements:
- CARES Act summary memo – a useful guide for early education administrators, school superintendents, and other early childhood leaders that outlines the new funding options available to states as part of the financial stimulus package.
- The early childhood partnerships memo provides a summary of cross-sector resources and partnerships that can provide supports to a greater number of educators, families and children during the pandemic’s school and program closures.
- The cross-sector partnerships to support educators and families memo offers suggested methods of partnering with other early-childhood-focused organizations in local communities to share ideas and strategies during this challenging time.
- The Ounce joins forces with leading child care organizations across the country in launching the Child Care Relief campaign, which will work to secure critical relief from Congress in response to the COVID-19 recovery effort.
- This 8-part series from our partners at Educare Schools features stories from Educare organizations’ Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships across the country. A Path to High-Quality Child Care through Partnerships, highlights the impact of COVID-19 on Partnership grantees, their child care partners and the families they serve.
- July 7: the Ounce amplifies provider, parent and caregiver voices in a letter to the House Ways and Means Worker and Family Support Subcommittee.
- Your actions today can provide the relief needed by millions of child care workers, families and children around the country. Child care providers are critical to keeping America working – it’s important that we tell Congress to provide more relief now.
- 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 NationalPolicy@theOunce.org. 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 Advocacy@theOunce.org.