Coronavirus Resources for Professionals

We are living in unprecedented times with unprecedented challenges. As early learning professionals, we carry the responsibility to make well-informed decisions for ourselves, the children and families we serve, the colleagues with whom we serve and the many people in our personal lives for whom we hold special places in our hearts.

Thankfully, there are many wonderful resources available to educate, inspire, support and equip us for these challenges. We’ll be collecting and sharing those that we think might be helpful to you, professionally. We’re also doing the same for families here. We hope you find something to make your day a little brighter and your load a little lighter. If there is a specific question you have that can’t be answered through any of these links, please contact us, and we’ll work to get an answer to you as soon as we are able.

General

SiteResources Available
Augusta University Health App Free virtual COVID-19 screening
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus PageNews; prevention tips; symptoms; and more!
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
Coronavirus Page
Guidance from DECAL; webinars; provider resources; and more!
Georgia Department of Public HealthDaily updates; state services; administrative orders; helpful links; and more!

Supporting Families

SiteResources Available
Strengthening Families GeorgiaTips and tools to promote the Five Protective Factors
Zero to Three Tips for FamiliesA great catch-all resource site for parents!
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Resources for Families
Another resource-rich site covering creative activities, behavior management, health, self-care and much more!
NAEYCArticles on family engagement
Virtual Lab SchoolFive-part self-guided study on family engagement
McCormick Center
for Early Childhood Leadership
Great article on family partnerships

Getting Back to (Quality) Business

SiteResources
Community Playthings
Reopening Child Care
A 21-Page guide based on CDC Guidelines.
Exchange
From Surviving to Thriving
8-Part Video Series:
Creating a Way Forward in Challenging Times
Zero to Three Article: What Comes Next: Back to Child Care Following Shelter-in-Place
Yale School of Medicine
COVID-19 Child Care Impact Study
National provider survey to help understanding impact and provide guidance for future plans. Allow about 11-20 minutes to complete.
NAEYC Young ChildrenArticle: Supporting Young Children After Crisis Events
Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System COVID-19 Resources for Child Care ProvidersA catch-all for early learning professionals! Resources on health and safety, business practices and supporting families.
NAEYCDAP resources and articles
Resources for Early LearningDAP articles, videos, and ideas
Partnerships for Early LearnersArticle on the basics of infant-toddler care
NAEYCPlay resources and articles
Harvard University Center on the Developing ChildLearning Through Play

Talking With Children And Supporting Social-Emotional Health

SiteResources Available
Learning with Millie and Suzie
by Samantha Harris
and Devon Scott
Free downloadable picture book for children
Talking with Your Children
About COVID-19
Talking points from Georgia SEEDS for Success
NPR Just For KidsA comic exploring the new coronavirus
PBS How to Talk with Your Kids
About Coronavirus
English and Spanish versions of the article available
Sesame StreetTalking to children about coronavirus
UCSF Trauma Center,
Mary Wise
Helper Hero Guide
Guidance for Parents who are Essential Workers; Discussion Guide; Activities for Children
Tallahassee DemocratArticle about responding to child stress about coronavirus
Piplo ProductionsStories; feelings chart; parent guide; also in Spanish
Child Mind Institute,
Dr. Jamie Howard
Video covering how to talk with your child about coronavirus.
BrainPopVideo; lessons; activities for school-age children

Networking, Forums & Idea-Sharing Avenues

SiteResources Available
hello by NAEYCHELLO is the platform for NAEYC’s Interest Forums and online communities. Members can use this space to have conversations and create connections with peers around important early learning issues.
GAEYC
(Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children)
Membership details; blog posts; news updates; and more!
Quality Care for Children Provider Resource HubMembership details; job board; administrative supports; discounts; and more!
GCCA
(Georgia Child Care Association)
Membership details; news; and more!
PFCCAG
(Professional Family Child Care Alliance of Georgia)
Membership details; advocacy; updates; and more!

Training & Professional Development

SiteResources Available
DECAL ScholarsEducational counseling; incentives; scholarships; coronavirus-specific professional development supports
Leap Early Learning Partners PLC PageOverview of Professional Learning Communities; why they’re perfect for times like these; how you can learn more and get involved.
Cox CampusHome of the amazing (and free!) Read Right from the Start courses. Also featuring new family courses that you can share with families to support each child wherever they are!
NAEYC Virtual InstituteFrom NAEYC, starting June 1: For 6 weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to login and select from a variety of hour-long presentations to meet your needs. New presentations will be added each week.
NOTE: While a certificate of completion is provided, these trainings do not count toward annual hours required by DECAL, as of the date of this posting.

Financial Resources

Site Resources Available
Statewide Emergency
Feeding Locations
Sites – by county, days of the week and end date
Georgia Child and Parent Services (CAPS)Eligibility requirements; applications; FAQ’s; and more!
Georgia Department of Labor
COVID-19 Information
Details on Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Program and how to apply
Consumer Reports
Car Insurance Rebates
Find out what coronavirus-related rebates might be available from your car insurance provider.
Consumer Reports
Help for Paying Bills
Article (with links) that covers information about rent, mortgages, student loans, utilities, credit counseling and more!