- 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 and May 2020.
- Providing Childcare for Essential Workers. The Agency of Education and superintendents have been tasked to provide childcare for essential workers of school-age youth, with afterschool programs identified as a partner in this task. Guidance from the Agency of Education can be found here and from the Child Development Division here. The Department of Health has also issued Health Guidance for Childcare and Schools Providing Childcare for Essential Persons
- Licensing and Childcare Subsidies. If you are a licensed afterschool program no longer serving children and you previously collected subsidies, you can continue to do so through April 5, 2020. See here for information relating to licensed afterschool and childcare programs.
- Unemployment. The Dept. of Labor Employee and Employer Guidance on COVID-19 is the place to start if you are now unemployed or reduced employment.
- Food. Our friends at Hunger Free Vermont have an excellent resource center on how Vermonters can access healthy food during this time.
- Vermont COVID-19 Resource List. This is an AWESOME, organic, ever-changing Google doc with an extensive list of COVID-19 state and community-specific resources. We also offer our own COVID-19 resource library specific to afterschool and youth-serving organizations.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued guidance, as well as information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans. The SBA is working with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofits that have been severely impacted by the virus. If you are a Vermont small business being affected right now, contact the SBA district office at 802-828-4422.
- The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development has established a hotline so that businesses may call to report impacts and be directed to resources: (802) 461-5143. ACCD and the Department of Labor are working to keep you updated whenever new information becomes available. We encourage you to sign-up for ACCD’s Business and Economic Response to COVID-19 Newsletter.
- Lots of activity on this Facebook page for VTers on How Can I Help #Prepare.
- CDC recommendations on managing your mental health.
- The Department of Labor has guidance for employers and employees, including information on the potential impact on unemployment insurance benefits, employee sick-time, and other issues as a result of COVID-19. More information and further updates can be found at labor.vermont.gov.
- Extended housing supports for vulnerable Vermonters.
- Follow along with federal policy news relating to afterschool here.
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