The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) covers so many different groups of people being fed nutritious meals. Those in emergency shelters, adult care day programs, at-risk/afterschool programs and even some school districts. There are many parts of CACFP that are intrinsically connected to child care and all parts of the child care program. CACFP supports the providers not only in feeding nutritious meals but by being a trusted resource for a variety of information related to the child care program.
As states reopen and child care programs look to do the same there are many unknowns. Some of those unknowns are related to appropriate food service, social distancing, doing the right thing when children enter the program and so on and so forth. Other unknowns are whether or not child care programs can reopen at all. So, we want to share some webinars and resources that can help providers navigate some of these unknowns and give advocates the needed information to protect children's access to quality care and nutritious meals in that care.
Child Care Reopening Webinars
National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness, Ask the Expert - Social Distancing in Early Care and Education: Feasible or Impossible?: June 2, 2020 - 12:00 - 1:00 Pm Est
Early Childhood Investigations - COVID-19 and Child Care Webinars Recorded and Upcoming which include Beyond COVID-19: Preparing to Support Preschool Children to Reinegrate to the Classroom, Rebuild Your ECE Program for the New Normal and more.
Child Care Reopening Resources
CDC: Guidance for Schools and Child Care
Child Care is Essential - Advocacy Information and Tools
First Five Years Fund breaks down the Child Care Stabilization Fund, National Businesses Call for Increased Federal Child Care Relief and more, May 29, 2020.
NAEYC and ChildCareRelief.org - Center for American Progress - The Workforce Behind the Workforce: Child Care Providers in the Coronavirus Pandemic, May 28, 2020. Hear directly from providers about how Coronovirus is impacting them.
CLASP - Child Care Is In Peril: How COVID-19 is Pushing this Essential Sector to the Brink of Collapse Testimony of Hannah Matthews to the U.S.House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee's Member Briefing, May 26, 2020
Center for American Progress, April 24, 2020 - Coronavirus Pandemic Could Lead to Permanent Loss of Nearly 4.5 Million Child Care Slots
Child Care Relief: Interactive Map and Convenient break down of the state of the each state
Early Edge California has a myriad of resources for teachers, parents, advocates and more
How To Build a Better Child Care System? New York Times
Should the Child Care Industry Get a Bailout? New York Times