With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vermont Legislature and our communities have rightfully pivoted to focus on how to immediately and effectively address the coronavirus pandemic in our state and, in coordination with our partners, we are pivoting with them to compile information and resources for Vermont’s children and families, early educators, employers, and communities. This page will be updated daily as guidance and resource evolve.
- Basic protective measures (World Health Organization)
- Latest coronavirus updates (Vermont Department of Health)
- CDC updates on the coronavirus (White House Coronavirus Task Force)
- COVID-19 guidance translated into Arabic, Spanish, French, Nepalese, Somali, Kirundi, Lingala, Chinese, Bosnian, Swahili, Burmese, and Vietnamese (University of Vermont Health Network)
**On March 27, 2020, Governor Phil Scott issued a new Executive Order directing schools to remain dismissed through the end of the 2019–2020 school year and indefinitely extending the closure period for child care programs.
Child care programs providing emergency child care to the essential critical infrastructure workforce should continue operations; schools are also encouraged to continue providing emergency care where possible. If there are any additional child care programs that are willing and able to open to provide emergency child care, you are encouraged to do so. All other child care programs should remain closed. Click here to learn what this executive order means for families and what it means for child care programs.**
- Vermont and federal emergency response legislation handout regularly updated (Let's Grow Kids)
- Letter to Congress signed by Let's Grow Kids and more than 600 state early care and education organizations, advocating for emergency relief for the child care system in the next COVID-19 stimulus package.
- CDD Guidance and supports for child care programs related to COVID-19 (Department for Children and Families)
- COVID-19 Information for Vermont Early Childhood Programs handout regularly updated (Let's Grow Kids)
- COVID-19 Guidance for Emergency Child Care Services webinar and accompanying slide deck with Breena Holmes, MD, Maternal and Child Health Director (Vermont Department of Health)
- Corona virus resources for early educators (Child Care Aware of America)
- Information, resources, handouts, checklists on coronavirus (SharedServicesVT.org)
- Making Sense of Business Resources for Child Care Programs: Webinar (with accompanying slide deck) on navigating COVID-19 business decisions (Let's Grow Kids)
Child care for essential workers. If you are an eligible essential worker who needs emergency child care, please complete this form, being managed by Let's Grow Kids, or call Vermont 211 ext 6. Responses will be shared with the state (through the Agency of Education for children K-8, and the Child Development Division for children birth to 5). The state will work to connect essential workers who need child care with options for their children. Click here for a list of essential positions that qualify for this emergency service.
- COVID-19 Information & Resources for Families handout regularly updated (Let's Grow Kids)
- Printable Playtime Activity Book to help your kiddos pass the time and build lifelong skills through play! (Let's Grow Kids)
- Coronavirus resources for parents (Child Care Aware of America)
- How to talk to your kids about coronavirus (PBS)
- Podcasts for kids that explore the new coronavirus (Goats & Soda), explain the virus and the science of soap (But Why?) and help kids understand coronavirus and how germs spread (Brains On!)
- COVID-19 Information for Employers (Let's Grow Kids)
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (Centers for Disease Control)
- Planning and preparing for COVID-19 (Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility)
- Supporting your employees' child care needs during COVID-19 (VBSR webinar and accompanying slideshow)
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19 (US Small Business Administration)
- COVID-19 Information for Employees and Employers (Vermont Department of Labor)
- Make an Emergency Gift to Early Educators (LGK Emergency Fund)
- How Vermonters can help during the coronavirus outbreak (a comprehensive list from VTDigger)