State and City Responses

Alabama

Dr. Mackey, State Superintendent, convened the Alabama SEAL Task Force to address short-and long-term priorities related to reopening Alabama schools. This task force is comprised of educators and business stakeholders and is divided into 5 subcommittees to begin addressing specific subcomponents related to effectively reopening Alabama schools. They are currently conducting a survey of state superintendents on reopening options and on the impact of COVID-10 on Alabama Schools.

California

There are numerous resources and support programs available to San Francisco’s early educators including financial, health, housing, legal supports and more. OECE in collaboration with First 5 San Francisco has compiled a virtual resource library listing and categorizing these resources.

Colorado

The Colorado Department of Education in partnership with the Colorado Education Initiative conducted the Colorado School District Community Needs Inventory and released the reportGet Help Now was established to manage donations to meet needs. Denver Public Schools created a guide to provide ideas for engaging children in learning activities while at home.

Delaware

The School Resource Hub includes Leadership Toolkits, Grab and Go, and other resources. The Diagnostic Tool to Determine Where to Get Started includes an Hierarchy of Needs and Aspirations for Student Culture and Learning During Distance Learning, and videos.

Connecticut

The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and the Connecticut Department of Education (CDE) collaborated on a brief document and two webinars (Distance Learning in Preschool for Families and Distance learning in Preschool for Teachers) about “distance learning” in preschool. OEC has also issued policy memosguidance to parents and providers about finding child care and public health practices, and more response to COVID-19 information can be found on OEC’s website.

Delaware

Instructional Partners has created Preparing for Reentry which includes resources to reflect on distance learning, planning for instructional across multiple scenarios, and a reentry framework.

Florida

The Miami-Dade County Public Schools Instructional Continuity Plan includes resources for K-5.

Idaho

Idaho has created a Padlet to provide one location to find resources.

Indiana

Indiana has curated resources into an online searchable database for educators and families to use when providing at-home learning opportunities for Indiana students. There are digital and non-digital resources for student in preschool through secondary available through the database. For specific information for early learners a user would select PK as the grade, and Early Learning as the content area. In addition, this webpage links to a Continuous Learning Guidance document developed in part by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) to meet the needs of school administrators, teachers, and the families they serve with immediate support to ensure learning may continue outside of the traditional school setting. Finally, as an additional resource IDOE is putting out Continuous Learning Weekly Challenges for grades K-12 on this site.

Kansas

Resources for families and providers across agencies are linked and the Kansas Continuous Learning Guidance and related materials can be found here.

Louisiana conducted a Distance Learning survey of districts which included questions on plans for re-entry. The Continuous Education Toolkits for School Systems covers different topics- staffing, English learners, families.

Maryland

Maryland released its draft Maryland Together: Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Education that identifies “a number of strategies and considerations for school systems as communities move forward together to embrace the new normal of conducting school operations during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Massachusetts

Boston Public Schools, Department of Early Childhood has identified a number of resources to address the unique challenges and opportunities of learning at home for young children. The Somerville Public Schools, Early Education Department, released Learning Resources for School-Home.

Nebraska

Launch Nebraska has tools, actions, opportunities, and resources to support the planning and preparation needed by Nebraska schools as they transition back to school buildings.

New York

NYC Department of Education has developed resources for learning at home.

North Carolina

In an effort to support families and teachers, the NC Office of Early Learning has created the NC Office of Early Learning Remote Learning Site. The site contains weekly family resources for home learning that do not require technology for children ages Birth through Grade 2. These are aligned with the NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development and the NC K-12 Standard Course of Study. There are also links to many digital resources.

Utah

The Three Phases of Recovery Model  provides a framework for the future to prioritize the goals and activities that schools should engage in.

West Virginia

West Virginia has developed a COVID-19 Response site that includes a lot of information about early & elementary learning, including digital and non-digital family engagement resources, educator resources to promote remote learning, an educator hub where WV educators can submit the innovative ideas they are using to engage children during this time of remote learning, a remote learning guidance document that addresses P-12 but has specific sections for early and elementary learning, etc.  It also features our partnership with WV Public Broadcasting, which includes segments about child and family engagement.