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. The Department of Early Childhood Education has a host of resources for parents and teachers of young children, including guidance on home learning plans for young children, ensuring activities are developmentally appropriate.

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.

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. At the local level, New Milford has created an outdoor preschool.

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.

District of Columbia

DC Public Schools has created a Parent University and AppleTree, a preschool provider, has developed free resources for families at AppleTree Distance Learning.

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. Early Learning Indiana has created a series of COVID-19 blogs.

Kansas

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

Kentucky

The Kentucky Department of Education released guidance on allocable and intended uses of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund of the CARES Act to support leaders in their decision-making processes and COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools, Initial Guidance for Schools and Districts.

Louisiana

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. The Strong Start 2020 Planning Guides includes early childhood, identifying 4 priorities for reopening including sustaining and expanding access, family engagement, classroom quality, and health and safety.

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.

Michigan

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Michigan Department of Education is providing Social Emotional Learning Resources for children and adults.

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. Raising New York released findings of its statewide survey on the impact of COVID-19 on families with infants and toddlers.

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.

South Carolina

Engaging Creative Minds is supporting schools in SC by providing PD and materials.

Texas

The Texas Education Agency- Covid-19 Home Learning site allows users to select their role to access print and online resources, including resources in Spanish. The Texas Phase II Summer Learning PPT provides school districts with optional home learning models that provide continued instruction for students.

Utah

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

Vermont

Vermont issued Health Guidance for Childcare Programs, Summer Programs and Afterschool Programs.

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.