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Federal, state, and local agencies are increasing investments and building capacity in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Emergencies of all types can occur abruptly and cause devastation to programs, families, communities, and entire towns or cities.
This issue brief provides a summary of tools and guidance for summer programs. It includes a summary of the Center for Disease Control's guidance for youth and summer camps, the extensive field guide developed by the American Camp Association and the YMCA, and a comparison of summer camp guidance in 10 states.
The coronavirus has exacerbated the challenges our child care system faces and this issue brief explores what policymakers need to do to strengthen child care both for essential worker families and for all who will need it when the crisis is over.
This issue brief sets forth five reasons why stabilizing child care needs to be at the heart of the economic recovery discussion. The importance of child care for working families and for child health and well-being underscores the importance of financial support that will insure equal access to high quality and culturally competent care.
This issue brief provides recommendations for how to best support home-based child care providers during COVID-19, recognizing that this is an especially important part of the supply right now, and was already seeing instability and a decline in providers.
American Camp Association and YMCA of USA online and downloadable Camp Operations Guide Summer 2020 is now available.
This website provides basic information about substance misuse among families with children.
These guidelines are for child care and after school programs providing care for children of frontline medical workers during the COVID-19 crisis. They include guidance on preparing facilities, handling access to the program, cleaning and disinfecting, and food safety. This brief was published on April 4, 2020 and includes a helpful sample daily checklist for the program.
This article provides recommendations for child care for essential workers including: (1) use of Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards for guidance on the prevention and management of illness; (2) expansion of paid family leave to extended family members of essential workers so they can stay at home with their children; and (3) compensation of all early child
These updated standards of best practice for afterschool/out-of-school (OST) time programs were developed by the Council on Accreditation in consultation with leading organizations in the field. They reflect the latest thinking in key practices that are critical for the healthy developmental growth of children and youth through participation in OST programs.