COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION.
WEBINAR 17. The Emerging Needs of Childcare
There is no economic recovery without child care. Child care was in crisis before the pandemic. Costs soared, spaces were limited, providers were struggling to make ends meet, and families had few options, leaving some to choose unsafe places for their children. COVID has exacerbated the crisis. Join us as speakers talk about the impact on the childcare sector and share recommendations on how caregiving must be treated as an essential part of our economic infrastructure.
Here are some helpful resources mentioned by our presenters:
- Presentation slides.
- Resource Documents:
- Financial Support Opportunities for Child Care Providers, Early Childhood Action Strategy.
- Child Care and Financial Support Opportunities for ‘Ohana, Early Childhood Action Strategy.
- A collaboration between Early Childhood Action Strategy, Hawai`i Data Collaborative, PATCH and DHS, will be putting out monthly data that shows how many programs are open, how many are closed and slots available by zip code. They will also share ongoing needs of child care providers in responding to the realities of COVID-19.
- Resources to Pay for Child Care:
- State Child Care Connections Hawaiʻi: The Department of Human Services (DHS) has expanded all subsidy options and has waived pre-COVID requirements for eligibility.
- Honolulu County: COVID-19 Hardship Relief Program, Aloha United Way, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement.
- Finding Child Care: People Attentive to Children (PATCH). For community-based child care and preschool programs.
- Family First Coronavirus Response Act, Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network.
- Family Voices: Share your story of how your family has been impacted by the pandemic, including how caregiving has changed in your house.
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