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Parent Survey Brief #3

Alabama Families’ Experience with Child Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic Brief #3

The Alabama Partnership for Children (APC) conducted an online survey of working families between May 18, 2020 and June 9, 2020 that received over 500 responses. You can find a report with full survey results here. The results are pertinent to reopening child care programs safely, understanding the needs of families, and reconciling the competing needs of returning to work and providing child care.

This is the third brief highlighting key findings from the survey. You can read the first brief about child care experiences by household income here. The second brief about the increased preference for home-based child care arrangements can be read here.

View the full brief #3 here.

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Job Announcement – Alabama Family Central Coordinator

The Alabama Partnership for Children (APC) seeks an independent individual with strong organizational skills to direct the Alabama Family Central (AFC) website. This involves working with child-serving state agencies and others across Alabama to maintain website content, interpret analytic data, create & implement social media strategies, and work to ensure site functionality. AFC is a clearinghouse website designed to help parents and families navigate state agencies, resources, and programs available to support Alabama families, their children, and their allies.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations, or social services related field, plus three years’ experience. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of systems, organizations and programs that serve young children and families
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with experience in providing effective presentations and/or interactive trainings; proficient personal computer skills including email, record keeping, word processing, database, website maintenance including digital storytelling, website development, content management systems, testing,search engine optimization, usability, and analytics etc.
  • Proven human relations skills and the ability to work with diverse populations to communicate effectively across diverse cultures/socio-economic status.
  • Experience working with multiple partners and agencies, ability to manage a diverse group of state leaders and providers of services
  • Detail oriented and proficient in organization and time management; ability to work with minimum supervision; excellent planning skills
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation and automobile insurance that is in compliance with the state of Alabama law

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and conduct comprehensive outreach and awareness efforts that promotes access to the website and its related resources.
  • Set up mechanisms to continually receive input and feedback from families regarding assistance needed; ease of use; and other ways to make the website more effective.
  • Develop links and content that help families support their children’s learning and techniques and skills for optimum parent support for learning at home.
  • Develop and disseminate outreach and awareness materials: online, mobile app, and printed; online and printed toolkits and “how to” resources; postage; virtual forums and one-to-one virtual meetings; resources to present materials at conferences, parent meetings, and through multiple events and venues of partner agencies (in person and virtual).
  • Support state agency partners and elected officials to continue the functions of the steering committee to advise and guide the program.
  • Maintain agency and program website links to ensure accuracy and functionality and provide updates as needed, working with agency partners, platform vendors and IT company
  • Provide ongoing research to update resources, add needed information (securing user and partner agreements), addressing priorities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

For consideration, please email resume to Tammy Walker at twalker@apcteam.org by Sept 25. EOE M/V/F/D

View the full job description here.

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In the News

Briefing on Childcare Funding and Policy Considerations in Response to COVID-19

A workgroup made up of staff from Federal Reserve Banks across the country produced a brief about the need to shore up the nation’s child care infrastructure.

View the full brief here.

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Parent Survey Brief #2

Alabama Families’ Experience with Child Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic Brief #2

The Alabama Partnership for Children (APC) conducted an online survey of working families between May 18, 2020 and June 9, 2020 that received over 500 responses. You can find a report with full survey results at https://alabamapartnershipforchildren.org/parent-survey-results/. The results are pertinent to reopening child care programs safely, understanding the needs of families, and reconciling the competing needs of returning to work and providing child care.

This is the second brief highlighting key findings from the survey. You can read the first brief about child care experiences by household income at: https://alabamapartnershipforchildren.org/parent-survey-brief-1/

View the full brief #2 here.

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COVID-19 Resources for Providers

Resources for Providers:

  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Guidelines 
  2. Alabama Department of Human Resources COVID-19 Guidelines
  3. Alabama Department of Public Health COVID-19 Resources
  4. Forgivable Loans for Child Care Providers Through the CARES Act Fact Sheet
  5. COVID-19 Impact on Child Care Survey
  6. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Information Sheet: Borrowers
  7. CDC Supplemental Guidance for Child Care Programs That Remain Open
  8. Adverse Childhood Experiences Resources
  9. Coloring Book: Helping Kids through the Coronavirus Crisis
  10. The US Chamber of Commerce has a small business guide to help small businesses access financial assistance through the CARES Act. It can be found at: https://www.uschamber.com/report/covid-19-emergency-loans-small-business-guide 
  11. Center for the Child Development, Harvard University News: The Brain Architects podcast episode 1, new workshop opportunities, and more!
  12. Cash Options for Providers and CCR&RS during the Coronavirus Pandemic
  13. Scholarship Opportunity for High School CTE Teachers and Family Child Care Providers
  14. A Guide to COVID-19 and Early Childhood Development
  15. Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Discretionary Funds Appropriated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
  16. Business Rights + COVID-19
  17. Becker’s Early Childhood Free Webinar
  18. COVID-19 Financial Relief Resources for Early Care and Education Workers
  19. NAEYC SBA Loans FAQs and Resources
  20. Tuscaloosa Chamber Reopen Alabama Resource Guide
  21. Voters Agree: Child Care is Essential
  22. Free COVID-19 Flyers and Handouts
  23. Strengths-Based Practice in Troubled Times
  24. Child Care Relief
  25. Talk, Read, and Play en espanol!
  26. Yale School of Medicine Survey of Child Care Providers
  27. Day Cares Struggle to Open as Alabama Parents Keep Kids at Home
  28. NAEYC Virtual Institute
  29. Coronavirus Resources for Child Care Providers
  30. Comcast Offering Free Pubic WiFi through End of 2020
  31. Public Health Guidance for Reopening
  32. Alabama’s COVID-19 Risk Indicator Dashboard
  33. DHR Temporary Assistance for Stabilizing Child Care Grant Application Guidance
  34. DHR Temporary Assistance for Stabilizing Child Care Grant Application
  35. STAARS Registration Information
  36. From Surviving to Thriving: Creating a Way Forward in Challenging Times
  37. DHR & VOICES Webinar on How to Navigate the Temporary Assistance for Stabilizing Child Care Grant Application
  38. Alabama Standards for Early Learning and Development
  39. Guidelines for Child Day Care Facilities
  40. FDA Warns Consumers of Risk of Methanol Contamination in Certain Hand Sanitizers
  41. Starting at Zero: Virtual Premier and Panel Discussion
  42. The Emergency Child Care & Technical Assistance Center
  43. Whether to Close or Stay Open: One of the Hardest Decisions in Child Care
  44. COVID-19 Quick Response Grant Winners
  45. ADPH Back to School Toolkit
  46. NAEYC Back to School: Supporting Families and Teachers through Change, Virtual Learning, and Reopening Schools
  47. COVID-19 and Early Care and Education: Considerations Before Reopening

Trainings:

  1. Read Right from the Start Special Incentive for Completing Online Training
  2. Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (Go NAPSACC assessments and training modules- use this code to register child care programs: RTHNVAVP)
  3. Better Kid Care has Numerous Trainings Focused on Child Care that can be taken for Free ($5.00 if certificate is needed)
  4. Texas A&M Child Care Training Courses
  5. CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experiences training modules (resources and online training)
  6. Child Development
  7. ADPH Training Center (multiple health topics)
  8. Strengthening Families: Scroll to bottom of page where the Protective Factors are listed and create an account. Be sure to choose the free course. You will receive a certificate of completion just not CEU’s.
  9. Developmental Milestones: Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns: Certificate will be provided after quizzes on developmental milestones are completed.
  10. Quorum
  11. Adverse Childhood Experiences Online Learning
  12. Columbus Technical College Free Professional Development Classes
  13. EarlyEdU Highlight Webinar: Using Interactive Media in Early Learning
  14. Emergency Child Care Webinar Series: Health Guidance (posted 4/17/2020)
  15. Emergency Child Care Webinar Series: Child Development (posted 4/17/2020)
  16. Resources for Emergency Child Care Providers (supplement to webinar series)
  17. Free Leadership Class Offered by Troy University
  18. Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Training
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COVID-19 Resources for Parents

Resources for Parents:

  1. AL Parent Handbook -To find and download it, search “AL Parent Manual” in your app store directly from your phone.
  2. Born Ready
  3. Feed Me Words
  4. 13 Alabama Attractions to See without Leaving the Car
  5. United Way COVID-19 Community Relief Fund
  6. We Connect Recovery Online Support Meetings
  7. Parent Assistance Line
  8. Natural Resources
  9. Carryout AL
  10. For Childcare Programs that Remain Open
  11. How to Find a Bank that is Processing Payroll Protection Funding
  12. National Head Start Association COVID-19 Policy Resources
  13. AU to Offer Free Reading Help for Grade Schoolers
  14. Building Resilience in Troubled Times: A Guide for Parents (print)
  15. Talk, Read, and Play en espanol!
  16. Free Leadership Class Offered by Troy University
  17. Free Virtual Summer Camps
  18. Understanding Medicaid and Eligibility: A State-by-State Guide
  19. Comcast Offering Free Pubic WiFi through End of 2020
  20. Child Vaccination Rate Drop during Pandemic, Health Officials Worried
  21. Parent’s Guide to Alabama’s Roadmap to Reopening Schools
  22. Public Health Guidance for Reopening
  23. Alabama’s COVID-19 Risk Indicator Dashboard
  24. Back to School Sales Tax Holiday – July 17 -19, 2020
  25. DHR & VOICES Webinar on How to Navigate the Temporary Assistance for Stabilizing Child Care Grant Application
  26. Find Child Care Facilities Open in Alabama
  27. End Child Hunger Ambassador (ECHA) County Food Guide Project
  28. Schools Reopening: Overcoming the Equity Challenges of COVID-19
  29. FDA Warns Consumers of Risk of Methanol Contamination in Certain Hand Sanitizers
  30. ADPH Back to School COVID-19 Training
  31. ADPH Back to School Toolkit
  32. Health Officials Issue Best Practices and Alabama Schools
  33. Who Will Watch the Children?

Activities and Education:

  1. Ways to Continue Educating Children while School Districts are Closed
  2. Activities and Crafts for Kids
  3. Fun in First
  4. Swing Education
  5. Free Scholastic Lessons and Activities for Preschoolers
  6. Vroom
  7. National Wildlife Federation Free Access to Ranger Rick
  8. The New York Public Library | E-Book Central
  9. Alabama History@Home
  10. Free Online Preschool | Cox Campus
  11. NASA at Home
  12. COVID-19 Book for Children: English Version and Spanish Version
  13. PNC Grow up Great
  14. Coloring Book: Helping Young Kids through the Coronavirus Crisis
  15. Alabama Public Television
  16. Becker’s Early Childhood Free Webinar
  17. Alabama Summer Learning Challenge

Nutrition and Physical Activity:

  1. Get Moving Today Activity Calendar
  2. CDC’s Milestone Tracker App
  3. GoNoodle®
  4. ChooseMyPlate
  5. CATCH Health at Home

Virtual Field Trips:

  1. Discovery Education
  2. Live Views from the Georgia Aquarium
  3. The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks
  4. 20 Virtual Field Trips to take with your Kids
  5. Alabama Farms
  6. Google Arts & Culture
  7. 101+ Virtual Tours of Popular Tourist Attractions

YouTube Channels:

  1. Laurie Berkner
  2. Cosmic Kids Yoga
  3. Koo Koo Kangaroo
  4. The Learning Station
  5. Jack Hartmann
  6. Bari Koral: Kids Yoga, Music, and Mindfulness
  7. The Kiboomers

Resources about COVID-19:

  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – COVID-19
  2. Alabama Department of Public Health
  3. CDC Manage Anxiety & Stress
  4. Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (NCTSN) Also available in Spanish
  5. How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
  6. Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
  7. Coronavirus: Myth Busters
  8. Resources for Assistance during the Coronavirus Pandemic
  9. Child Care Aware of America COVID-19 Updates
  10. CDC says Children should Wear Face Coverings
  11. Alabama’s New Safer At Home Order
  12. Children’s of Alabama DoctorOffers Tips for Keeping Kids Safe during Pandemic
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Parent Survey Brief #1

Alabama Families’ Experience with Child Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic Brief #1

The Alabama Partnership for Children (APC) conducted an online survey of working families between May 18, 2020 and June 9, 2020, and received over 500 responses. A report with full survey results can be found at: https://alabamapartnershipforchildren.org/parent-survey-results/. The results are pertinent to reopening child care programs safely, understanding the needs of families, and reconciling the competing needs of returning to work and providing child care.

This brief uses survey responses from the 434 families who report having at least one child under six years of age and who used some form of non-parental child care prior to the pandemic. Of the 434 respondents, 35% report a household income of $48,000 or less per year , 30% report $49,000–$99,000, and 35% report income of $100,000 or higher.

View the full brief here.

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Safe Sleep Project Survey

Dear Parents, Grandparents, Early Care and Education Providers:

We are inviting you to review a booklet about Safe Sleep for infants. We will ask you to tell us what you think about how the booklet looks and what it says. We need and value your opinion on these materials.

Safe Sleep materials are given out by your pediatrician, hospitals, nurses, child care and others when you have a new baby in your home. Safe Sleep tips are important for new parents, families, grandparents and caregivers to keep little babies safe.

Sharing your thoughts about this booklet will help us to communicate better with families in Alabama about Safe Sleep for babies.

The online review will take about an hour to do. Your answers will not be connected to your name.

You will need to have a smart phone or internet access to complete the survey.

To complete the survey, click here.

If you have questions, you can reach out to Tish MacInnis at APC by phone or email:

tmacinnis@APCteam.org or 334-271-0304

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Job Announcement: Statewide Coordinator, Reach out and Read Alabama

JOB DESCRIPTION
July 2020

TITLE: Statewide Coordinator, Reach Out and Read-Alabama
REPORTS TO: Executive Director, Alabama Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics (AL-AAP)

About AL-AAP: A non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ALAAP) is the only statewide member organization of pediatricians, with 850 members representing both academic and community pediatrics in both urban and rural areas. The organization was established in the 1930s and existed for almost five decades before becoming exempt as a 501 (c) 3 in December 1986 and adding executive staff in 1991. Governed by a 13-member board, the AL-AAP established a statewide Reach Out and Read coalition in 2006 as an arm to promote early literacy in pediatric practice. The AL-AAP executive office is in Montgomery.

About Reach Out and Read: Founded in 1989, Reach Out and Read is a national non-profit organization/program that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. Reach Out and Read’s national network of trained pediatric providers use books as a diagnostic tool during regular check-ups, and teach parents how to engage their child with a book to promote positive parent-child interactions during the rapid brain growth between birth and age five, particularly in economically disadvantaged families who are at risk for adverse outcomes. The only national early literacy intervention delivered through pediatric care providers, the program has been the subject of 16 independent studies, the largest body of scientific research for any psychosocial intervention in pediatrics. Research shows that children served by Reach Out and Read are read to more often, enjoy sharing books more, and have better expressive and receptive language skills.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Reach Out and Read-Alabama Statewide Coordinator (SC) plans, implements, and leads the fundraising, outreach, technical assistance, provider training, and community relations initiatives of Reach Out and Read-Alabama, which is Alabama’s affiliate of Reach Out and Read pediatric office sites. The SC will lead the continued development of this well-established program.

A results-oriented, experienced, and entrepreneurial professional, the SC is the face of Reach Out and Read across the state, with a targeted primary focus on ensuring that this national model is implemented with impact on the families and children served, and on fundraising/grant-writing for sustainability and program growth.

The Statewide Coordinator has a unique opportunity to help shape the future direction of Reach Out and Read-Alabama with the guidance of the AL-AAP Board, ROR-AL Medical Director and, if/once established, the ROR-AL
Advisory/Partnership Council.

For the full job description, click here.

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