COVID-19 Resources

Southwest Ohio AEYC is here to support you!  We have carefully curated the COVID-19 resources section.  We have included General resources as well as resources focused on the Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton regions.  These resources will be regularly updated.

We hope that these resources are useful to you during this unprecedented time!

General Resources

US Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Emergency Loans

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.

Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.

The administration soon will release more details including the list of lenders offering loans under the program. In the meantime, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan.

Download the guide here (PDF).


US Small Business Administration

Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.

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Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Taking Care of Your Family’s Mental Health During COVID-19

Many families face an increased risk from the broad impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). Because of this, Cincinnati Children's Hospital has provided families with several tips and strategies to help them mentally cope at home.

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Dr. William Mosier
Dr. William Mosier

Mental Health Thoughts for Early Care & Education Professionals Coping with the COVID-19 Crisis

Dr. William Mosier—director of research and behavioral health at The Lynda A. Cohen Center for the Study of Child Development in Dayton, OH and professor of child development at Istanbul Geli┼čim University in Istanbul, Turkey—shares some mental health thoughts focused on the idea that, "caring for our own mental health is important for the young children we care for."

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Dr. Laura Justice
Dr. Laura Justice

Column: Reading and talking with young children keeps them learning

Dr. Laura Justice, EHE distinguished professor of educational psychology and executive director of the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy at The Ohio State University, shares tips for parents and families: "For those working, caregiving, or otherwise navigating a 'new normal,' this extra task — to make sure our children are still learning! – might feel overwhelming."

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Dr. Cipriano & Dr. Brackett
Dr. Christina Cipriano (left) & Dr. Marc Brackett (right)

Teachers Are Anxious and Overwhelmed. They Need SEL Now More Than Ever.

Dr. Christina Cipriano and Dr. Marc Brackett describe the emotional lives of teachers during the COVID-19 crisis: "In the span of just three days, over 5,000 U.S. teachers responded to the survey. We asked them to describe, in their own words, the three most frequent emotions they felt each day. The five most-mentioned feelings among all teachers were: anxious, fearful, worried, overwhelmed and sad."

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Learning Grove & Talent Magnet Institute

The Importance of Early Childhood Education, Educators & the Workforce

Shannon Starkey-Taylor and Jordan Huizenga of Learning Grove, an early childhood provider and workforce solutions educator, join Mike Sipple, Jr. of Talent Magnet Institute for a powerful discussion on the importance early childhood education and educators during a national crisis. We hope this conversation elevates the understanding and importance of both early childhood and educators across our world.

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Dr. Allison Friedman-Krauss
Dr. Allison Friedman-Krauss

What Must We Do Right Now for Child Care Providers?

Dr. Allison Friedman-Krauss, assistant research professor with the National Institute for Early Education Research at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, explores what we need to do right now for child care providers: "You could say one positive side of being self-quarantined is more time together – and it definitely is. But it’s not without its challenges. As two full-time working parents, how can we do our jobs and watch our son?"

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National Women's Law Center


This resource, from the National Women's Law Center, explores key supports for home-based child care providers during the COVID-19 crisis: "The importance of home-based child care has never been more apparent than during the COVID-19 health crisis, when communities across the country turn to home-based child care providers to care for children of first responders and others who provide essential services...Federal, state, and local policymakers should respond...with policies, investments, and clear information to support home-based child care providers as they work to serve families and children, sustain their businesses, and maintain their own financial well-being."

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Rhian Evans Allvin
Rhian Evans Allvin

Saving Child Care to Save Our Economy: America’s Governors Must Take Action

Rhian Evans Allvin, CEO of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, discusses the CARES Act and the need for additional investment in child care during the COVID-19 crisis: "While these investments are important steps in the right direction, they are rapidly proving to be insufficient considering the scope of the crisis, the precarious financial position of child care, and states’ frequent declarations of child care as an essential service."

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Rebuilding the Early Child Care and Education System

Rebuilding the Early Child Care and Education System

Our country’s early care and education system was fractured and in crisis, even before COVID-19. The abrupt closure of many child care centers, new requirements upon opening, and challenges facing families make it even more pressing that our “rebuilding” efforts work toward a more sustainable and equitable child care system. 

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