Covid19

COVID-19 Resources for Early Learning Providers

Health First Colorado Guidance Tool

It is critical to help Coloradans easily navigate their way to the right health coverage solution. That means providing clear guidance on what Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP ) will cover, how to apply, how to find a doctor and who to call with questions. To that end, HCPF has developed a coverage guidance tool that answers these questions and ultimately helps Coloradans stay covered during this economic downturn.

Click Here for information on the the HCPF Coverage Guidance Tool


Quick Links to Stay Up to Date:


THE CARES ACTS

Specific focus on supports for the child care industry right now: https://bipartisanpolicy.org/blog/congress-support-the-child-care-market-through-covid-19/

General summary: https://www.ffyf.org/heres-whats-included-for-child-care-in-the-congressional-covid-19-economic-stimulus-package/

Guidance from Linchpin Strategies Re: CARES Act SBA guaranteed loans: 

Important information for any small non-profit or small business that is interested in taking out one of the SBA-guaranteed loans that was created in the CARES Act (coronavirus #3) – called the Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP – that allows forgiveness of loan funds used to pay salaries of staff making less than $100,000 per year, rent, mortgage, utilities etc:

It is estimated that 39 million entities are eligible for the PPP.  If your organization is eligible and interested, it is important to move quickly.  It is expected that these loans will be oversubscribed, and loans will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.  *These loans do NOT go through the SBA.  Do NOT apply to the SBA for one of these loans.

The PPP loans created in the CARES Act go through banks and credit unions that participate in what is known as the 7(a) program.  The SBA guarantees the loan, and will pay the bank for the portion of the loan that you convert to a grant when it is used for mortgage, utilities, salaries, etc.

If you are interested in a PPP loan, contact your financial institution and ask if they participate in the 7(a) program.  If your financial institution does not participate, ask if they have a relationship with a bank or credit union that does.   As a last resort, you can go to the SBA website and look up a list of participating financial institutions.  Relationships are important in banking, and you are more likely to be approved by a lender who knows you, your organization, and your banking history.

We strongly recommend pulling together the financial information needed to apply for a loan as quickly as possible. This information would include your 2019 IRS forms (tax return or 990) if it has been completed; 2018 forms if you have not filed for 2019, and complete end-of-year 2019 income, expense and asset statements if you are submitting the 2018 return.  The Small Business Administration is developing guidance to banks now regarding how the PPP will work; that guidance is expected to be released by the SBA to banks on or before Friday, April 3.

Your bank or financial institution will likely have more information by the end of the week, but we do not advise waiting until then to contact your bank and pull your information together.


The Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative:

Is matching child care providers in licensed centers and family child care homes with essential/emergency workers who need care for their children.  Interest form is located at https://covidchildcarecolorado.com/.  To learn more about the details of the Collaborative, visit the FAQ page.

Guidance from the CDHS Office of Early Childhood, including Child Care Webinar Recording:
Colorado Shines

Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oaq7OTBuzQM&feature=emb_title

Slides: https://mcusercontent.com/77bac9f533d6bce265cae77d9/files/3259fbb9-3ff8-424c-882f-067f0716df12/3.27.2020__GuidanceandSupportforProvidersCOVID19_UPDATED.pdf

FAQ: http://coloradoofficeofearlychildhood.force.com/oec/OEC_Resources?p=Resources&s=Division-of-Early-Care-and-Learning&lang=en

Child Care Aware of America has put together summaries of how child care providers can access resources now to meet their financial obligations.

A blog post listing Emergency Funding Resources that Child Care Providers Can Use Now

An enhanced toll-free hotline (1-800-424-2246) and online chat as vehicles for just-in-time information and supports to parents, providers and communities. We’ve already answered hundreds of calls and questions, primarily from providers.


CED Coronavirus Resources for Child Care Providers:

During this time as the nation faces the challenges related to COVID-19, CED has compiled a clearinghouse of resources in an effort to help child care providers access federal sources of support. Many child care providers (child care centers and homes) will newly qualify for access to working capital through a variety of programs. We will add to this list of resources as information becomes available.

https://www.ced.org/press/tag/none/post/coronavirus-resources-for-child-care-providers

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Training Events

TRAINING & EVENTS


NAEYC’s Virtual Institute

Starting June 1, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) will offer over 100 presentations of content shared by NAEYC experts and a diverse group of presenters from all sectors of the industry. These presentations at no charge as our gift for all that you give to young children and their families.

Click here to learn more


Shiloh House Parenting Classes

Shiloh House strengthens and empowers youth and families no matter what challenges they face. Shiloh’s overall goal is to make sure families and youth have coordinated, continuous, and wrap-around care within their community. Shiloh House is offering FREE virtual parenting classes to families.

Click Here – Virtual-Parenting-Class-Calendar-Aug-Nov-2020


Colorado Shines (EQIT)

Use the Colorado Shines eLearning catalog to view available online courses in the Colorado Shines PDIS
Click here


Expanding Quality FOR Infants AND Toddlers (EQIT)

This 48-hour course provides up-to-date training information to enhance your work with infants and toddlers. Cost: $50.

EQIT Courses

Due to the pandemic, DCECC is not able to offer the EQIT course at this time.  Dates for future EQIT trainings will be determined and placed in his section as soon as is possible.  Thank you for your patience. 


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Arapahoe Community College (ACC)

Full Scholarships available for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021!
Click the links below for more information

Classes offered Fall2020

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2020 Free Early Childhood Teacher Trainings

Presented by Developmental Pathways & Various Professional Partners
Click Here for 2020 Training Schedule and topics:

Learn How to Help Protect Children from the Impact of Secondhand Smoke

The American Lung Association is offering free training to organizations serving low-income families on electronic smoking devices, how to prevent secondhand smoke and aerosol exposure, and an introduction to asthma. The training is offered in-person or online. Topics include:

  • E-cigarette aerosol and secondhand smoke
  • Health impact of secondhand smoke exposure on children
  • Motivational interviewing techniques
  • Available local and statewide tobacco cessation resources and support
  • Basic information about asthma and how to manage it

Visit www.RaiseSmokeFreeKids.com for up-to-date resources on e-cigarettes, secondhand smoke, asthma, marijuana, and more!

Organizations who implement ONE Step are eligible for gift cards and other prizes. Schedule your training today so we can all work together in creating safe and clean environments for children to grow up in. If you have questions, please reach out to Valerie Steinmetz (Valerie.Steinmetz@Lung.org or 303-847-0279).


Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals (CMCCP)

To Learn More:
Contact Heather Aguilar haguilar@strength.org or Amber Troutman atroutman@strength.org to learn more or schedule a training.

Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals (CMCCP) is a CDE-approved training that awards clock hours in health, safety, and nutrition. The training teaches early childhood professionals and programs about healthy food preparation, fostering positive mealtime environments and interactions, and promoting children’s development of healthy eating patterns.
 
We are excited to announce that chefs from LiveWell Colorado will be leading the culinary portion for the remainder of these trainings!
Click here to learn more or sign up below for a class in your community.

CHILD CARE INNOVATIONS

Professional Development Opportunities…

Don’t miss out on these exciting trainings being offered by Child Care Innovations.
Trainings included here are available July-December 2020.

Pyramid Plus Approach Training

Early Childhood professionals working to improve the social emotional health of children Birth – 5 years: includes administrators, coaches, trainers, teachers, Early Childhood Mental Health consultants, Early Intervention providers and other health professionals are encouraged to attend.

Online Pyramid Plus Training
12 days – September 2nd through November 14th

Click here for more information

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Plays and Learns

Plays and Learns

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Moves and Grows

Moves and Grows

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Wonders and Explores

Wonders and Explores

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Loves and Connects

Loves and Connects

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Watch Videos on Early Childhood Development (Below)

Experiences Build Brain Architecture

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes

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Approaches to Learning

Approaches to Learning

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Health & Wellness

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