- Stay Connected. Vermont Afterschool is here to support you. We’re hosting weekly virtual roundtables for providers to come together, share ideas, ask questions and support one another on a weekly basis. Open to all, join when you can.
- Online learning. We are offering virtual professional development for afterschool and youth-serving staff for FREE during Summer 2020.
- Licensed Afterschool Programs. If you are a licensed afterschool or child care program, see the Child Development Division’s COVID-19 page here for information relating to programs, families, and children’s integrated services.
- Health and Safety. The Vermont Department of Health continues to work with partner agencies in supporting the health and wellness of children and their families during this time. Visit their page for the latest information relating to health and safety guidance.
- Testing. COVID-19 testing is now available to all Vermonters. For information on testing, visit here.
- Food. Our friends at Hunger Free Vermont have an excellent resource center on how Vermonters can access healthy food during this time as well as up-to-date information on summer meals sites.
- Afterschool COVID-19 Library. We offer our own COVID-19 resource library specific to afterschool and youth-serving organizations. This is being updated daily and includes sections on social-emotional learning support, online learning activities & curriculum, virtual professional development, and how to connect remotely with youth and staff.
The Vermont Department of Health (VDH) has public health nurses available to child care and summer programs to answer health-related child care and summer programs from 8:00AM to 3:00PM M-F. Call 802-863-7240, select the option for “Providers of Child Care and Summer Program.” After hours there will be a child care and summer program question mailbox to leave a message and Health staff will return your call the following business day.
VDH has developed a Frequently Asked Questions document about the health guidance for child care and summer programs, as well as sample Daily & Weekly COVID Health Checklists that programs can use. What Parents Can Expect - Child Care and School Age Camps/Care is a resource has been translated to several languages for you to use with families. All documents can be found here.
• School-Based Afterschool Programs. See guidance from the Agency of Education and Vermont Department of Health: Safety and Health Guidance for Reopening Schools, Fall 2020.
• Sanitization Supplies and PPE. As of yet, we do not have a specific, central supply source for afterschool and summer programs but here's information from the Child Development Division that is helpful. Many retailers are taking online and telephone orders for curbside pick-up. Some Vermonters have found cleaning supplies and other needed items at local hardware stores (Aubuchon, Ace, etc.), big box stores (Walmart, Staples, etc.), warehouse clubs (Costco, Sam’s Club) and even pharmacies (Walgreen’s, CVS, Kinney Drugs, Rite Aid). Barr Hill Hand Sanitizer is available with shipment as an option, as well as other distilleries across Vermont.
• Fall 2020 Reopening Field Roundtable. Are you thinking about how to run a safe and engaging afterschool program this fall? Join our weekly roundtable Zoom call with others in the afterschool, third space, and out-of-school time field to connect, learn from each other, and problem solve together. Wednesdays 1-2pm; register online here for the Zoom link.
Extended housing supports for vulnerable Vermonters.
The Vermont COVID-19 Resource List is an extensive, organic, ever-changing Google doc with COVID-19 state and community-specific resources.
WIC: WIC gives you access to healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and community referrals. If you’re pregnant, a caregiver, or a parent with a child under five, you may be eligible for WIC! Vermont WIC is open and most services are being done by phone appointment to align with social distancing efforts. WIC has also temporarily expanded their food list to add options for some hard to find items. To find out more and get help applying, visit WIC’s website or text ‘VTWIC’ to 855-11.
3SquaresVT: Has your household lost pay? 3SquaresVT is here for you and your family to help put food on the table. You may be eligible to receive a 3SquareVT benefit or increase the benefit you already receive. At the current time, individuals who are unemployed, or experienced a partial or total decrease in hourly work do not need to meet a work requirement. To find out more and get help applying, visit the 3SquaresVT website, dial 2-1-1 or text ‘VFBSNAP’ to 855-11.
Meal Programs for Older Vermonters: People age 60 and older are especially encouraged to stay at home in order to protect themselves from Covid-19, but staying well nourished is also critical for your health. To help, you may be temporarily added to a home delivered meals route. For more information about meals for older adults, please call the Helpline at 1-800-642-5119.
Early Childhood Programs: Hunger Free Vermont has collaborated with early childhood partners to create a single document compiling resources for families with children under 5. Access this document for information regarding early care and food access, educational resources, essential worker child care information, and more.
Food assistance through the Vermont Foodbank network: The Vermont Foodbank is dedicated to supporting Vermonters during all times of need. To get help during this time of crisis, visit their website or call 1-800-585-2265.
From the VT Department of Health on Child Safety: https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/coronavirus-covid-19/communities-families-and-individuals
From the VT Department of Health on Coping with Family Stress: https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/coronavirus-covid-19/coping-stress
From the CDC: Coronavirus Overview
From the World Health Organization: www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
CDC recommendations on managing your mental health
Cybersecurity Considerations in a COVID-19 World (While not written for afterschool, many of the recommendations apply for organizations that may be shifting to a virtual learning environment.)