One of the greatest strengths of afterschool and summer program staff are the relationships we build with young people and their families. Ignite will do our best to include examples of how afterschool programs are continuing to support families and young people through the pandemic and how you are planning to return to programming after the pandemic.
● COVID-19 Official Information + Updates:
Minnesota Dept. of Health's COVID-19 site for the most up-to-date Minnesota case numbers and health recommendations from the state. Also, MDH Guidance for Social Distancing in Youth and Student Programs.
CDC Guidance CDC offers this interim guidance for resuming school childcare and youth programs. Also, Youth Program & Camps Decision Tree. CDC will update this guidance as it learns more about COVID-19 and best practices to prevent its spread.
● Afterschool Provider Resources:
Considerations for the Afterschool Field from Afterschool Alliance
Reaching Out to School Leaders about Reopening 5-step plan to help ensure your afterschool programs are at the planning table and included in schools' reopening strategies.
U.S Dept. of Education COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
Unemployment Benefits If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits, Executive Order of the Governor. This includes any COVID-19 related layoff, including parents having to leave work to do child care. The one week waiting period has been waived.
MN Afterschool Connect (Zoom): Weekly Updates & Continuing the conversation for Minnesota's Afterschool providers and stakeholders around COVID-19 response - hosted by Kari Denissen Cunnien and Ignite Afterschool.
Racial Equity Tools Help assess, learn from and document racial equity work, with special attention to issues of power and privilege in the work, and in evaluation.
● Afterschool Providers' Response
Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative Ramsey County Basic Needs Resources for COVID-19
Sprockets Digital Learning Together for Saint Paul's afterschool network. Virtual Coffee Meetings, Brown Bag Lunches and Webinar Trainings.
Elements of Effective Practice for E-Mentoring E-Mentoring-Supplement to EEPM
● Additional Resources for Youth + Families
Minnesota Afterschool Advance The same tax credit MAA uses to help families pay for afterschool and summer activities can also be used to get 75% off up to $200 of computer hardware, like Chromebooks, per family.
The American Federation of Teachers has a wealth of resources to help with learning at home.
Hunger Solutions Tracking meals for kids during COVID-19 closings
Greater Twin Cities United Way’s 2-1-1 Resource Hotline If you or someone you know is in need, dial 2-1-1 or text the letters MNCOVID to 898-211.
Playworks Play At Home and Livestream Recess
American Youth Policy Forum Tools and resources designed for traditionally underserved youth
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