April 2020 Monthly Musing
NAEYC, Child Care is Essential
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is committed to the health and wellbeing of young children and all who care for, educate, and work on their behalf. On March 15, 2020 NAEYC released a formal statement, Child Care is Essential and Needs Emergency Support to Survive.
Untapped Potential: Economic Impact of Child Care
Iowa was one of four states highlighted in a recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation publication featuring why child care is a two-generation workforce issue. In Iowa, the Chamber Foundation partnered with the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) and the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children to better understand the unique needs of Iowa's working parents. Key findings are detailed within Iowa's report and corresponding video.
COVID-19 Iowa Updates and Resources
Updates and information is continuously being provided through the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Iowa Department of Human Services, Child Care Resource and Referral, and Iowa Workforce Development. The following sources have been provided from these named agencies and partners to provide support to Iowa's communities during this time.
- Iowa Department of Public Health, COVID-19
- Translated Health Education Materials in Multiple Languages
- Talking with Children about COVID-19
- Find Child Care for the Essential Workforce
- Child Care Guidance in Response to COVID-19
- Updated Iowa Workforce Development FAQ
- COVID-19 in Iowa
Supporting Children During the Coronavirus Crisis
The Child Mind Institute provides tips for nurturing and protecting children at home. Additionally, The Promise Venture Studio provides curated resources, tools and guidance focused on families with young children navigating the COVID crisis and social distancing.