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.
● Afterschool Provider Resources:
Considerations for the Afterschool Field from Afterschool Alliance
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Preparing for COVID-19 and what nonprofits need to know
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.
MNsure is offering a special enrollment period (SEP) for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance in response to the potential growth of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. This SEP will allow uninsured individuals 30 days to enroll in health insurance coverage through MNsure.
Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for Coronavirus The MDRF funds both short and long-term needs that arise within communities, due to coronavirus or future disasters that occur within the state of Minnesota.
● Afterschool Providers' Response
Youth Farm As the news changes day to day, Youth Farm will continue to track resources for youth and families and post them here.
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.
Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board COVID-19 Related Updates
● 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.
Minnesota Youth Council COVID-19 Resources
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
YWCA Girls & Youth Department Family COVID-10 Resources
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
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