Monitoring COVID-19 Response
Policy, Guidance and Resources
Up-to-date resources for organizations serving children, youth, and families in the District of Columbia.
- DC Health - What is COVID-19?
- If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, call the DC Government Hotline for Symptoms: 202-576-1117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Once you have a doctor's approval for a test, these are the locations for testing for COVID-19
- If you are homebound due to COVID-19 (directed by a medical provider to self-quarantine), please call 1-888-349-8323 or visit gethelp.dc.gov to submit a request to have food and other essential items delivered to your home.
- Centers for Disease Control: Frequently Asked Questions
- Centers for Disease Control - COVID-19 and Children FAQs and guide to Keeping Children Healthy While School’s Out
- Cómo cuidar la salud de los niños mientras están suspendidas las clases en las escuelas (en español)
- 学校关闭期间保持儿童健康 (Chinese)
- Giữ Gìn Sức Khỏe cho Trẻ Em Khi Trường Học Đóng Cửa (Tiếng Việt)
- 휴교 기간 동안 자녀의 건강 유지하기 (Korean)
- A list of basic informational materials for adults in a wide variety of languages is being compiled here.
TALKING WITH CHILDREN ABOUT COVID-19
- Zero to Three - Tips for families including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing
- National Association of School Psychologists - Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource (in English)
- Cómo ayudar a los niños a lidiar con los cambios provocados por laCOVID-19 (en español)
- Parler aux enfants du COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Une ressource pour les parents (Français)
- ስለ COVID-19 (ኮሮና ቫይረስ) ከልጆች ጋር ስለመነጋገርየወላጅ መገልገያ (ኣማርኛ / Amharic)
- 和孩子談論COVID-19(冠狀病毒)家長資源 (Chinese)
- کے بارے میں بچوں سے بات چیت COVID-19 والدین کے لیے ایک وسیلہ (Urdu)
- Nói Chuyện với Trẻ Em về COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Tài Nguyên cho Phụ Huynh (Tiếng Việt)
- COVID-19(코로나바이러스)에 관해 자녀와 이야기하기부모 리소스 (Korean)
- Bicara dengan Anak-Anak tentang COVID-19 (virus corona) Bacaan untuk Orang Tua (Bahasa)
- Basic information for children in additional languages
DC COUNCIL, MAYORAL ADMINISTRATION EMERGENCY LEGISLATION, POLICIES, PROGRAMS
- March 24 - RFA: OST Programs for Essential District Workers During a Public Health Emergency
- Support for Small Businesses - DC Small Business Recovery Grants
- Expanded Unemployment Insurance: Application for Unemployment Benefits (y en español)
- March 18 - Statement from DC Action for Children on COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020
- March 17 - Council Unanimously Passes Emergency COVID-19 Response Bill (full bill). This legislation means that residents who receive SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, Alliance, and certain other public benefits do not need to take any action at this time to continue receiving benefits that would otherwise expire - the benefits will be automatically extended.
- March 15 - Modified District Operating Status and Prohibition on Mass Gatherings
DC ACTION FOR CHILDREN AND ADVOCACY COMMUNITY RESPONSE
- May 11 - D.C. Can’t Have Economic Recovery Without Child Care Investments (a brief from DCAEYC and the Under 3 DC Coalition)
- April 9 - DC Action Joins National Call to Congress for Support for Home Visiting
- April 2 - Under 3 DC Coalition writes letter to Mayor asking for a child care stabilization package.
- March 24 - DC Alliance of Youth Advocates writes letter to Mayor regarding protections for young people experiencing extreme housing insecurity
- March 24 - Statement from DC Action for Children on OSSE 3-20-20 COVID-19 Guidance
- March 18 - Under 3 DC Coalition Follow Up with OSSE Regarding Provider Attendance and Payment
- March 13 - Broad Coalition Urges DC to Expand Protections for Low-Income Residents During Public Health Emergency
- March 13 - Under 3 DC Coalition Writes Letter to Mayor and DC Council on Emergency Relief Policies for ECE and Families
Deputy Mayor for Education
- April 23 - Questions and Answers - School Year 2019-2020 OST Grants and Year Round 2019-2020 OST Grants
- March 12 - Guidance for OST Providers Receiving Learn 24 Grants
Office of the State Superintendent
- May 15 (updated from April 17) - Guidance - Subsidized Child Care Provider Attendance and Payment / Documento guía para la COVID-19: Asistencia y procesos de pago para los proveedores de servicios de cuidado infantil subsidiados
- May 12 - Guidance - Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Program (PKEEP) Closures
- May 5 (updated from April 15) - Guidance for Child Care Providers (that stay open) and Families Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and accompanying optional Enhanced Health and Safety Checklist and Frequently Asked Questions document
- April 27 - Federal Grant Flexibilities for some ESSA-authorized and other grants
- April 20 - Guidance - Early Child Care and Before and After Care Facilities Meal Provision
- April 11 - Strong Start/IDEA Part C Frequently Asked Questions and Strong Start DC EIP Virtual Visit Guidance for Families and Caregivers (April 1)
- April 1 - Guidance - Child Care Licensing and Compliance
- March 30 - Updates - Grants Administration (including Early Head Start Home-Based Program and QIN Expansion)
- March 26 - Guidance - 21st Century Learning Centers
- March 21 - Guidance - Health Guidance for Programs that Remain Open
- March 20 - Guidance: Subsidized Child Care Provider Attendance and Payment
- March 14 - Guidance: Childcare Closures, Meal Provisions, and Public Funding
- March 14 - Guidance: Related to COVID-19: Child Care Provider Closures and Public Funding
- March 14 - Guidance: Early Child Care Meal Provision Guidance
- Reference - District-wide Child Care Disaster Response Plan
- Form - Unusual Incident Report
PUBLIC SCHOOL RESOURCES
- Meals - Meal Location for all DC Students
- DC Public Charter Schools - Meal Distribution Sites
- DCPS - Instructional Materials
- DCPS - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
- DC Public Charter Schools - Coronavirus: What You Should Know
Centers for Disease Control
- Updated April 21 - Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open
Department of Health and Human Services Children's Bureau
- March 24 - Guidance: COVID Resources and Guidance on Children Involved in the Child Welfare System
Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights
- March 21 - Fact Sheet: Rights of Students with Disabilities
- March 18 - Guidance: Ensuring Web Accessibility for Students with Disabilities
Internal Revenue Service
- March 25 - Eligibility to receive a one-time payment from the federal Covid-19 stimulus package is based on 2018 or 2019 income tax filings. If you did not file a return in either 2018 or 2019, to receive a stimulus payment you must register here.
National Advocacy Networks
- April 16 - NIEER and the Rutgers Pediatrics Early Education Working Group: Recommendations for Safer, Effective Emergency Childcare for Children of Essential Workers
- April 15 - Child Care Aware: Coronavirus Resources for Child Care Professionals (y Recursos sobre el coronavirus para proveedores, familias y agencias de CCR&R en español)
- 15 de April - Grabación de seminario web: Actualizaciones del proyecto de ley de estímulo de COVID-19 y recursos para negocios y programas de la primera infancia
- April 13 - Child Care Aware: Webinar on Child Care During COVID-19: Guidance & Implementation from Experts
- April 6 - US Chamber of Commerce Foundation - Federal Resources for Early Childhood Education (a recorded webinar)
- March 26 - CLASP: $3.5 Billion for Child Care in Coronavirus Package is Not Enough: How States Will Fare
- March 22 - NAEYC: Without Immediate Relief, More than Half of Licensed Child Care will Close in the Next Week
- March 18 - Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: State Flexibility on WIC Benefits
- March 18 - CLASP: Policymaking Principles for Supporting Child Care and Early Education Through the Coronavirus Crisis
- March 17 - NAEYC: Child Care in Crisis: Understanding the Effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic
- March 17 - NAEYC: Child Care in Crisis: Understanding the Effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic
- March 12 - AAP News: Experts Discuss COVID-19 Impact on Children, Pregnant Women
- March 12 - Urban Institute: Policies, Practices, and Resources for Child Care and Early Education Providers Amid the Coronavirus Crisis
- March 11 - Chronicle of Social Change: Coronavirus: What Child Welfare Systems Need to Think About
- March 11 - State Health & Value Strategies: State Medicaid and CHIP Strategies to Respond to the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis
- The Resilient Communities DC website covers resources around daily living essentials, food, mental and behavioral health, developmental disability, activities for home learning, and more.
- Resources for Immigrant Families during COVID-19 / Recursos para Familias Inmigrantes durante el COVID-19 / በ COVID-19 ወቅት ለስደተኛ ቤተሰቦች የሚቀርቡ
- District of Columbia Emergency Rental Assistance Program
- Food Resources:
- District Map - Map of Community Food Resources
- P-EBT (pandemic EBT) is a new program which provides benefits to purchase foods to families who have lost access to free school meals due to COVID-19 related school closures. DHS has created a landing page and P-EBT Call Center for families (202-868-6663, M-F from 7:30am - 4:45pm).
- DC Hunger Solutions shares updates on COVID-19 related policy changes and guidance related to food assistance programs in the District.
- They also offer phone support (Mon-Fri) for those with questions filling out the online SNAP application form; to access that call 202-640-1088 and leave a message.
- Para obtener ayuda llenando la solicitud en línea o en papel, o para enviar documentos de verificación, llame a D.C. Hunger Solutions al 202-640-1088 y deje un mensaje.
- Children Law Center's Covid-19 resource page includes a listing of DC food access organizations
- The Interagency Council on Homelessness has a list of modified homeless service day programs/meal sites
- Household Meals - Expensify will reimburse SNAP-eligible families up to $50 groceries
- Internet - The National Digital Inclusion Alliance compiled a list of free and low-cost internet plans available during the covid-19 crisis
- Greater DC DIAPER Bank has hubs in the DC-area where you can receive up to a month’s supply free.
- Grants for Nonprofits and Small Businesses
- The Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) has a running list of Emergency Management Resource for ECE Providers, including grant opportunities, information sessions, etc.
- The Greater Washington Community Foundation established a Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund for nonprofits, particularly those providing health care, child care, or support for people who are homeless. Update: applications are temporarily closed due to high volume but will hopefully re-open later in the spring.
- Verizon is offering a Small Business Recovery Fund. En español: Fondo Verizon para la recuperación de pequeñas empresas
- The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation is launching a Save Small Businesses grant program to provide $5,000 grants to help businesses meet short-term costs (to be eligible businesses must employ 3-20 people, have a W-9, and be in a zip code deemed 'economically vulnerable').
- Washington Teachers' Union - Learning Doesn't Stop: Lessons on TV
- DC Public Library - Distance learning resources
- Thrive by Five - Resources for Families, including at-home learning and educational YouTube channels
- DC PAVE - Updates and Resources for Parents
- Emerson Collective - Resources for remote learning
- Amazing Educational Resources - Free subscriptions
OTHER DC PROGRAMS PROVIDING SUPPORT
- DC’s Sick and Safe Leave Act
- Health Insurance - DC HealthLink (DC Healthy Families)
- Small Businesses (including nonprofit providers) - Disaster Assistance Loan
- Behavioral health support
- The COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Guide developed by Children’s National Hospital, Children’s Law Center, and the DC Behavioral Health Association lists the behavioral health resources in DC that accept Medicaid and what types of service they are currently offering.
- For school based mental health services and/or referrals, contact the person listed for your school here
- Phone numbers for key services, including a non-emergency "warm line" free for D.C. residents regardless of insurance as well as a line for if your child is in crisis at home, are available on this flyer.
- Water - DC Water Restores Water Service for Disconnected Residents
- Families in need of shelter can call (202) 399-7093
- Child abuse and neglect hotline: (202) 671-SAFE
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Help Line: 1-800-985-5990
- DC has implemented online application forms for TANF, SNAP (a.k.a. food stamps), and medical assistance programs (e.g. Medicaid, Alliance)
Page last updated May 26, 2020