Last update 5/25/2021
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*Updated guidelines from the CDC
OEC has launched a new webpage to share information about the Federal COVID-19 relief funds to support Connecticut child care programs https://www.ctoec.org/covid-19/federal-relief-funding-for-providers/. This page will be OEC’s main source of information for providers regarding the implementation of these funds. We urge you to check this page regularly for updates.
The OEC has made available the Youth Camp Guide, a comprehensive guide for camp providers, that covers wearing masks, social distancing, health screenings, and more.
The CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is pleased to announce that applications for the Child Care Program Stabilization Funding opportunity are currently being released! Funded through the American Rescue Plan, this funding will go toward providing much needed relief and assistance to ECE providers who have struggled financially due to the pandemic. United Way 211 Child Care is emailing personalized applications in batches over the next few days to those eligible providers with a supplier ID, and is ready to support you with any questions or assistance completing the application.
For questions, please call 211 Child Care at 1-800-505-1000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.ctoec.org/covid-19/ready-set-rebuild/stabilization-funding. Make sure to have your child care license number available to expedite assistance.
Please note that you must complete a separate application for each licensed site number.
The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is also available to provide no cost business assistance with helping to identify best use of funds, methods for tracking expenses, taxes, and more! Please contact them at email@example.com or (203) 751-9550 x 113 to speak with Eloisa Melendez. Services are available in English or Spanish.
State of Connecticut
Forms, Guidance, & ResourcesOffice of Early Childhood
Lots of up-to-date Connecticut-specific information for families and educators can be found on the Connecticut State Department of Education website here: https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/COVID19/COVID-19-Resources-for-Families-and-Educators
Summer Planning (updated 4/28/2021)Tools, Guidance, & Resources
Summer Planning Tools (2020 planning tools but still useful)
Summer Activity Guides (2020 guides with good projects virtual or in-person)
CDC Toolkit for Summer Camps (1/14/2021)
CDC Guidance for Youth and Summer Camps (4/24/2021)
CT OEC Youth Camps and COVID-19 FAQ’s (contains links to resources and information) (4/29/2021)
Youth Programs and Camps Readiness and Planning Tools (4/28/2021) (NEW)
CT After School Out of School Time Webinars:
Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 through Summer Learning and Enrichment (very informative and hopeful webinar 2021)
Youth Camp Guidance from OEC (March 16, 2021 updated)
Program AdministrationCDC Guidance
The Centers for Disease Control has released information to help after school, child care, and schools plan, prepare and respond to the coronavirus. You can find this information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html
Please read this information, share it with your staff and partners. And consider helping the children in your care to understand the best way to wash their hands – here’s a great video that can help demonstrate: https://youtu.be/aGJNspLRdrc.
Connecticut After School NetworkHelpful Blogs
Coronavirus Resources for Funders and Nonprofits (2021)
This information has been a collaborative effort by programs and experts working in the school-age child care field, and as such represents best practices as they are currently identified. We are not health care experts, so it is essential that every child care program use their own judgement in implementing this advice and also consult with the health department in their city or region about proper procedures.