Explore the latest updates and resources related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
We are continually monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and its effects on young children and the State of Georgia as a whole. This page contains resources relevant to early childhood health and education during the outbreak, including Daily Reports, Children’s Social-Emotional Health, Support for Parents, Activities for Young Children, Health Resources, Child Care Resources, and Advocacy.
To stay up to date on ongoing disease prevention tips and facts about COVID-19, we encourage you to review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) online resources about the pandemic.
This page will be updated as new resources become available. Please reach out to us directly if you believe there is a resource we should include here.
Daily State of Georgia Reports
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) both provide frequent updates on COVID-19.
Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 resources, including a status report updated daily at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily.
The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning has issued guidance for child care providers and updates their page regularly.
Children’s Social-Emotional Health
Below are resources to help you and your child cope with potential stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Child Social-Emotional Health Experts Answer Questions About Coping With COVID-19 (Dr. David O’Banion and Dr. Trasie Topple)
- Answering Your Young Child’s Questions About Coronavirus (ZERO TO THREE)
- Parent/Caregiver Guide for Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
- Resources for Supporting Children’s Social-Emotional Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Child Trends)
- Love in the Time of Coronavirus: A HOPE-Informed Guide for Parents (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences)
- Helping Children Cope with Emergencies or Disasters (CDC)
- A Guide to COVID-19 and Early Childhood Development (Harvard Center on the Developing Child)
Support for Parents & Caretakers
- General support for caregivers: please call 1-800-CHILDREN (244-5373) or visit www.PCAGeorgiaHelpline.org (Prevent Child Abuse Georgia)
- Pregnant and Postpartum women:
- If you’re experiencing emotional health challenges: call 1-877-944-4773 or visit: https://psiga.org/get-help/(Postpartum Support International – Georgia Chapter)
- For a broad range of resources on pregnancy, the birth experience, and infant health: “Navigating COVID-19 for Pregnant and Postpartum Families” (Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies of Georgia)
- Tips for Families (ZERO TO THREE)
Activities for Young Children
- Interactive Alphabet Chart featuring videos from the Alphabet Zoo Crew (Alive Studios)
- Videos and Activities Following a Traumatic Experience (Sesame Street)
- Videos and Activities to Encourage Family Caregiving (Sesame Street)
- Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents (National Traumatic Stress Network)
- Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS), including Resources to Support Home Learning (Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning)
- Toddler Time at Home (Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning)
- Georgia’s Pre-K at Home (Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning)
- Pop-Up Early Learning (Atlanta Speech School)
- CDC Website on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- CDC Guidance on Caring for Children (COVID-19)
- CDC Guidance on Pregnancy and Breastfeeding (COVID-19)
- Certain requirements for healthcare providers to conduct telemedicine have been waived (Georgia Department of Community Health and Commissioner of Insurance)
- Protection from Health Insurance Policies Cancellation (Commissioner of Insurance)
- Healthy Children: Resources on COVID-19 (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Thank you to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, and Emory University for their help in compiling these resources.
Child Care Resources
For Child Care Providers
- Financial Supports for Georgia Child Care Providers in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak
- CDC COVID-19 Guidance for School Setting and Child Care
- CDC COVID-19 Supplemental Guidance for OPEN Child Care Programs
- Coronavirus News & Resources for Child Care Professionals (Child Care Aware of America)
- Coronavirus News & Resources for Child Care Professionals – Español (Child Care Aware of America)
- FAQ for Child Care Providers: How to Apply for SBA Loans (First Five Years Fund)
- Webinar and Follow Up: “Financial Supports for Child Care Providers” (Hosted by GEEARS, Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children – GAEYC, and Quality Care for Children)
- Quality Rated is reporting whether child care programs are open or closed
- Call 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS or 1-877-255-4254 for help connecting to open programs
- Understanding the Child Care Landscape throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic: A One-Pager on Child Care Supply Changes in Georgia from 2020 to 2021
- NAEYC’s statement on steps that will protect the supply of child care
- Recommendations for Congress from a coalition of early childhood education organizations
- Subscribe to the GEEARS mailing list for Action Alerts
- Action Alert: Support Georgia’s Non-Profit Sector
- Action Alert: Urge Congress to Provide Immediate Assistance to Child Care Industry
Legislative Recommendations for Infants and Toddlers during the COVID-19 Pandemic (ZERO TO THREE)
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