- 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 April, May, and June 2020.
- Licensed Afterschool Programs. If you are a licensed afterschool program no longer serving children, see the Child Development Division’s COVID-19 page here for information relating to financial supports and the child care stabilization program.
- Unemployment. The Dept. of Labor Employee and Employer Guidance on COVID-19 is the place to start if you are now unemployed or have reduced employment.
- Food. Our friends at Hunger Free Vermont have an excellent resource center on how Vermonters can access healthy food during this time.
- 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 activities & curriculum, virtual training, and how to connect remotely with youth and staff.
We hosted a webinar that covered the new health and safety guidelines childcare and summer programs that are planning to re-open on or after June 1, 2020. Details include updated protocols for the reopening of programs along with time for Q&A. With Dr. Breena Holmes, Director of Child and Maternal Health, VT Department of Health.
• Re-Opening Funding for Child Care and Summer Programs. If your program will be providing care for Vermont children and youth this summer, you may qualify for a stipend from the State of Vermont to help cover additional expenses directly associated with COVID-19. Information is available at https://dcf.vermont.gov/restart-request. Be sure to read the FAQs before applying. Deadline: May 22, 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 a basic list. 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.
• Summer Planning Field Roundtable. Are you thinking about how to run a safe and engaging summer program? Join our weekly roundtable "Summer Planning" Zoom call with others in the afterschool, third space, and summer learning field to connect, learn from each other, and problem solve together. Tuesdays 1:30-2:30 pm; email Nicole for the link.
• Camp Guidance. The American Camp Association has newly released its Camp Operations Guide (5/18/20) designed to provide camp directors and staff with a practical guide and tool kit to implement specific recommendations provided by the CDC in relation to risk reduction at camps.
We have also published a guide for early childhood providers who might be now serving school-age children of essential workers.
Essential workers who need help finding child care (ages 0 through 8th grade) should visit: https://webportalapp.com/webform/essentialworkers or call 2-1-1 ext 6.
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.)