See our initial summary of COVID Expanded Learning Impact Survey collected May-June 2020. Help us continue to understand the landscape by taking a few minutes to also fill out our Oregon Summer Program Impact Survey.
The health and wellbeing of our staff and community is a top priority for Oregon Afterschool for Kids (OregonASK). The arrival of COVID-19 has caused us to take extra cautionary steps to keep everyone in Oregon safe and healthy. These steps include:
- Working with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to provide up-to-date and accurate information about the virus
- Providing continuous updates on the status of COVID-19 in Oregon through various media channels
- Providing resources to continue to inform communities about the virus
- Encouraging staff to stay home if they aren’t feeling well
With news of Governor Kate Brown closing all Oregon Schools for the remainder of the school year, all meetings and trainings will be virtual until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The OregonASK Team will continue to support statewide partners from home and can be reached via email.
- When reaching out to families and community members double check the information with the information on OHA’s website or on the CDC’s website to prevent miscommunications and cut down on rumors.
- If you think you or your family member have the COVID-19, contact your primary care doctor by phone to evaluate symptoms and develop a care plan that protects you, your family, and your community.
Oregon Child Care Provider Relief Guide- Updated 4/7/20
The Oregon Child Care Provider Relief Guide is for you. The website has information about the loans, programs, and grants currently available to small business owners. The website can also connect you directly to a child care “coach” for a confidential conversation about your needs and the decisions you’re making about next steps for your business. Please be patient as wait times may be 24 hours or more at this time. To access the website click here.
Visit the following webpages for accurate, up-to-date information on Oregon’s response to COVID-19: Updated 6/8/20
- Governor Kate Brown’s COVID-19 Response
- Oregon Health Authority
- Early Learning Division
- Oregon Department of Education
- Oregon Public Health COVID Information Videos (Multiple Languages)
Child Care & Summer Day Camp Resources: Updated 6/18/20
- Child Care Guidance
- Reducing the spread of illness in childcare
- Emergency Child Care Providers Facts (English)
- Emergency Child Care Providers Facts (Spanish) Cuidado Infantil de Emergencia Datos del proveedor
- Summer Day Camp Guidance
- Full list of guidance for child care and youth-serving organizations from the CDC
General Resources: Updated 7/06/20
- What you need to know about COVID-19
- FAQs on COVID-19
- Who’s an Essential Worker?
- YMCA 360
- World Health Organization (WHO) Myth Busters
- Face Mask Guidance
Mental Health Resources: Updated 6/19/20
- CDC Manage Anxiety and Stress
- NAMI Mental Health Coping Strategies
- Stress Management for 1st Responders
- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Help Families Cope with COVID-19
- Genius of Play: Helping Kids Cope with Stress
- How to Support Children and Teens Through Loss & Trauma
Parent/At Home Resources: Updated 4/1/20
- How to talk to children about the coronavirus
- Educational Apps that don’t require WIFI
- Playworks Game Library
- Search Institute’s Developmental Relationship Checklist
- Scholastic Learn at Home
STEM Activities: Updated 4/1/20
- Spanish Resource List of Reading and Math Programs and Activities for Students at Home
- English Resource List of Reading and Math Programs and Activities for Students at Home
- PBS Kids Learn and Grow
- Khan Academy Daily Schedules Grades Preschool-12th
- NASA STEM at Home
- Space Station Explorers Learn At Home Activities and Experiences!
- Franklin Institute At Home!
Meals: Updated 6/16/20
- Summary of COVID-19 Child Nutrition Program Response Nationwide Waivers & Memos
- USDA Child Nutrition Waivers
- Oregon School Districts Serving Free Meals
- Oregon Food Bank Locations
- Serving Summer Meals During School Closure Fact Sheet
- Find Summer Meals Near You
League of Oregon Cities (LOC) Conference Call For City Leaders Response to COVID-19 Recording- Updated 4/1/20
- Listen to Executive Director Mike Cully for their weekly conference call with updates from Governor Brown’s office, Senator Jeff Merkley, state officials, LOC advocacy staff and the National League of Cities, as well as Q&A segment to address city concerns. Listen to the recording here.
Oregon Department of Education – Updated 4/1/20
Spring break has come and gone and the school systems in Oregon have been busy trying to figure out to support their students, families and staff during this time of change. While students won’t return to school until the end of April, and maybe not until next school year, Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has compiled a list of resources to help students continue their learning virtually. To see ODE’s response to COVID-19 click here.
Emergency Support Fund for School & Summer Meals – Updated 4/7/20
Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon (PHFO) have moved into supporting schools and community based sponsors providing meals while schools are closed. Applicants can apply for up to $5,000 per program to support a their food service operation. Applications will be reviewed on May 1st, and be reviewed on a rolled basis until June 1st. To access the application and more details about the funds click here.
CARES Act (COVID-19 Grant)- Updated 4/1/20
Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economy Security (CARES) Act amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. The hope is that this act will provide economic security to the business sector, individuals and families across the U.S. According to Senator Wyden’s Office, who developed a summary of the stimulus package, we can expect $3.5 billion in additional funds for the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDB). These funds can be used for continued pay of child care providers in the case of decreased enrollment or closures, aid to essential workers seeking child care due to COVID-19.
The CARES Act will also be providing $30.75 billion for an Education Stabilization Fund for all states. For Oregon, an estimated $32.6 million dollars is included in the Governors Funds to provide emergency support to K-12, higher education and educational entities. To read more about about K-12 Resources click here.
To read the FAQ’s click here.
Child Care Update – Updated 4/9/20
COVID-19 has hit a lot of small business hard, forcing them to close or to lay off many, if not all of their employees. This has been especially hard for Child Care providers who have been asked to provide Emergency Child Care while trying to keep their staff, communities and themselves safe. The CARES Act has provided funds and grants to small business’s (under 500 employees). To learn more about this financial aid, check out this Oregon Child Care Relief Guide from the Early Learning Divisions website.
On March 27th, the Early Learning Division (ELD) issued an update to match Governor Brown’s executive order. All child care providers have been ordered to close unless they are providing Emergency Child Care. The ELD extended the deadline to apply to become an Emergency Child Care provider to March 31st with this online application. If providers are providing Emergency Child Care there are specific April 2020 updated temporary guidelines that will need to be follow. To read more details of the update click here.
COVID-19 Oregon Governor Update – Updated 4/24/20
On April 23rd, 2020, Governor Brown spoke to her plans about reopening the State. This will be a slow roll out and she extended the directive for the closure of child care unless they are registered as an emergency child care site. To read more click here.
Governor Brown held a press conference on April 8th, 2020 where she announced the closure of all public schools in Oregon to be extended for the rest of the 2020 school year. With the health and safety at forefront of the Governors mind, along with the understanding how this decisions impacts everyone from parents, graduating seniors, and Oregon educators, the order went out in hopes of to flatten to the curve of COVID-19. To watch the press conference click here.
On March 23rd, Governor Kate Brown implemented Executive Order 20-12: Stay Home, Save Lives. This executive order came about after heavy consideration for all Oregon communities facing down the COVID-19 outbreak. The mandate includes:
- All non-essential social and recreational gatherings are prohibited, regardless of size if a distance of minimum of 6 feet can’t be kept
- Closing & prohibits shopping at specific category of businesses
- Business’s not closed by the order need to implement social distancing policies/procedures
- Directs Oregonians to stay at home whenever possible
- Closes recreational facilities
- Outlines new guidelines for child care facilities
- Failure to comply will be considered an immediate danger to public health and subject to a Class C misdemeanor
For more information about this executive order click here.