Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC Foundation

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Child and Adult Care Food Program Ambassador Stipend

  • Fudning opportunity for increasing CACFP participation, a childcare center or home provider currently participating in CACFP can apply to receive an Ambassador Stipend ($300 for centers or $150 for home providers) by mentoring a center or home provider who does not participate in CACFP and assisting them with applying to participate in the food program. Application due date is September 30, 2020. Stipends are limited to first come, first served opportunity.

Child Care Aware of America 

Child Trends

Committee for Economic Development

COVID-19 in Iowa

COVID-19 Fact Sheets

  • Fact sheets are available in 35 languages and cover several topics including prevention and treatment of COVID-19, pregnancy and COVID-19, and information tailored to children by age group. 

COVID Recovery Iowa

Emotional Support Services

Federal Student Loan

  • Do you have a federal student loan? You may be able to find some help during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to new legislation passed by Congress. The federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act suspends payments on federal student loans until September 30, 2020.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

First Children's Finance

Food Assistance

Harvard Center on the Developing Child

HealthWell Foundation

  • Assistance with costs associated with delivered food, medication, diagnostics, transportation and telehealth as a result of COVID-19 risk or incidence.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management 

Iowa Community Action Agency 

Iowa Concern Hotline

  • Offered by ISU Extension and Outreach, provides confidential access to stress counselors and an attorney for legal education, as well as information and referral services for a wide variety of topics. 800-447-1985

Iowa COVID-19 Legal Advice Hotline - 1-800-332-0419

Iowa Department of Education

Iowa Department of Human Services

Iowa Department of Public Health

Iowa Economic Development 

  • Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Program & Tax Deferral - On March 23, Governor Reynolds announced the launch of a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program to provide financial assistance to small businesses economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Targeted Small Business Program - A fund has been created to support Targeted Small Businesses with zero employees that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Iowa Business Recovery Assistance - Due to the economic impact of COVID-19 closures and postponements, Iowa Economic Development is gathering resources and information that may be of use.

Iowa Finance Authority

IRS

  • Employee Retention Credit a refundable tax credit against certain employment taxes - be sure to consult your accountant as they are the expert for your program

Iowa Workforce Development/Iowa Works

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

  • Hate incident hotline 844-9-NO-HATE for reporting and resources services. Callers will receive resources they need as the organization leverages its national network of pro bono attorneys, connects callers and victims of hate to community organizations, mental health services, and in appropriate cases, provide access to counsel.

Masks

  • Dhvani, clothing company, has switched from making active-wear to creating much-needed reusable face masks. They are allowing everyone to request one online. The face masks are free, and so is shipping- no catch!
  • Frontlines of Iowa has volunteers sewing handmade masks for frontline workers. Request masks here.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

National Council of Nonprofits

National Women's Law Center

Save Small Business Grant

  • A grantmaking initiative offering short-term relief for small employers in the United States and its territories.

Small Business Development Centers

Test Iowa

  • In Iowa, we take care of each other, and COVID-19 can show us the power we have when we work together. The best thing you can do right now to stop the spread and save lives is take a health assessment so we can better understand what is currently going on in Iowa.

Tom Copeland

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

United Way Worldwide

  • COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund to support communities affected by COVID-19. Donations from the fund will help the most vulnerable populations receive critical financial and social service support during this global crisis.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Department of Labor 


Iowa Multi-lingual COVID-19 Phone Line:  877-558-2609

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts our life, information and services. This phone service can help answer questions and connect you to doctors and support services for any needs. The help is available in your language. Your call is free and confidential. You will speak with staff and interpreters during business hours, or leave a message and we will call you back.
  • Business Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Native Language Voicemail: 24 hours/7 days a week
  • Language selection options: Spanish – 1, Arabic - 2, Swahili – 3, Kinyarwanda – 3, Kirundi/Kinyamulenge – 3, French – 4, Burmese – 5, Karen – 5, Karenni – 5, Nepali – 6, Somali – 7, Tigrinya – 8, Kunama – 8, Amharic – 8, Nuer – 9, Mabaan – 9, Vietnamese – 0, Mandarin Chinese - *, Other Languages/English - #

Communities of Practice - Recorded Meetings

  • CCR&R of Central Iowa hosted peer to peer meetings:
    • Online meeting was held 7/28/20 with guest Ryan Page, Child Care Regulatory Program Manager from the Iowa Department of Human Services. Ryan answers questions from providers regarding health and safety, ratios, virtual learning, etc.
  • CCR&R of NE Iowa hosted peer to peer meetings:
    • Online meeting was held on 4/7/20 with guest Heidi Hotvedt from Iowa Department of Public Health and Healthy Child Care Iowa. Heidi reviews the new document for COVID-19 Guidance: Child Care Centers and Homes Health & Safety Concerns along with addressing recent guidance about wearing masks.
    • Online meeting was held on 5/19/20 with guests Julie Allison from Iowa Department of Human Services and Heidi Hotvedt from Iowa Department of Public Health. Discussion over a variety of topics including where to refer families in need of child care if you're full, what you might see from children who are returning to care after being home with parents, virtual visits from your child care consultant, Q&A about the CARES Act and review for procedures to reopening your center if you closed temporarily due to COVID-19.
    • Online home meeting was held on 5/26/20 with guest Kim Gonzales, Child Care Nurse Consultant with Healthy Child Care Iowa. Discussion over a variety of topics including where to refer families in need of child care if you're full, how to update your vacancies, what you might see from children who are returning to care after being home with parents, virtual visits from your child care consultant, Q&A about the CARES Act and review for procedures to reopening your center if you closed temporarily due to COVID-19.
    • Online meeting was held 6/25/20 with guest Heidi Hotvedt from Iowa Department of Public Health and Healthy Child Care Iowa. Heidi reviews the new document Case Reporting and Outbreak Responsibilities for Child Care Centers & Homes dated 6/23/20. Additionally, Heidi was able to address some questions on this Q&A document.
    • Online meeting was held 6/30/20 with guest Heidi Hotvedt from Iowa Department of Public Health and Healthy Child Care Iowa. Discussion with Child Care Home Providers was on the most current information about the pandemic and how it impacts their child care business.
    • Online meeting was held 8/3/20 for centers with guest Heidi Hotvedt, Child Care Nurse Consultant, from Healthy Child Care Iowa (HCCI). Heidi shared current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).
    • Online meeting was held 8/3/20 for home providers with guest Heidi Hotvedt, Child Care Nurse Consultant, from Healthy Child Care Iowa (HCCI). Heidi shared current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).
  • CCR&R of NW Iowa hosted peer to peer meetings:
    • Online meeting was held 4/15/20 with guest Deb Gimer from Healthy Child Care Iowa. Deb reviews COVID-19 guidance along with health and safety measures for child care businesses.

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