This page includes important information and resources for youth-serving programs, afterschool and thirdspace, and childcare providers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Quick Links

  • 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 works with partner agencies to support 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 for schools, childcare programs, and summer camps.
  • 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.
  • Travel. Interstate travel and quarantine recommendations from the State of Vermont.

Use of Spaces

  • MAUSD Essential Childcare Program — These videos (one short and one long) covers the logistics as well as story of how the MAUSD Expanded Learning Program did the work of running Essential Childcare this spring for districts around the Bristol area.
  • Upper Valley summer camp provides training ground for return to school — This WCAX news story shows how the One Planet summer program in Bethel ran. It can help people visualize what the spaces could look like under the COVID health and safety recommendations.

Working with Partners

Health and Safety

Social and Emotional Learning

Virtual Programming

Vicarious Trauma and Burnout


Reopening Field Calls

Join us to discuss how afterschool can fit into planning and what we can offer schools, as well as how programs can reopen safely. These calls are open to anyone who runs organized activities and programs with youth in grades K-12 in the out-of-school time hours.

  • Reopening Field Forums | Wednesdays, 1-2pm. These broad, open calls will focus on big topics relating to reopening. Please register in advance and the Zoom link will be sent to you. All calls will be recorded and can be viewed on our YouTube channel here
  • Roundtable reopening discussions | Tuesdays 1-2pm. These interactive and facilitated calls will focus on planning, problem-solving, and creative strategies. Learn from each other! Please register in advance and the Zoom link will be sent to you.