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Coronavirus in Florida

On March 9, Governor DeSantis declared a State of Emergency in Florida to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Since then, schools have closed, public spaces have emptied, and restaurants have pivoted to take-out and delivery operations only. Families and small businesses are feeling the squeeze.

Many essential personnel are still reporting to work: first responders, health care workers, food service teams, and, crucially, the early learning providers who care for their children.

Here to Help

We have compiled the following list of resources for Floridians navigating a changing society in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. If you are a parent navigating a loss of health insurance or looking for home schooling resources, we have resources below for you. If you are a child care provider looking for the latest guidance from the CDC or the Florida Department of Education, we have linked the best destinations for you below.

Quick Links

Florida Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health also has a COVID-19 Call Center Available 24/7 at +1 (866) 779–6121 or you can email

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Institutes for Health

  • is a national consumer education website that is supported by the Office of Child Care (OCC) and is designed to provide families across the country with the child care information they need.
    • Search for local child care programs by ZIP Code.
    • Learn about their child care options.
    • Find information about available financial assistance to help with child care costs.
    • Support their child’s development at home and in child care settings.
    • Learn about the full array of resources and supports available to them in their state or territory.

Resources for Parents

Resources for Providers

Food Assistance


SNAP Maximum Monthly Allotment: All Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients’ benefit amounts will be increased to the maximum monthly allotment based on household size.

SNAP and TANF Work Requirements Waived: The Department of Children and Families (DCF) will waive work requirements for individuals participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Online Purchasing Pilot for SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients can purchase groceries online with the use of an EBT card. SNAP participants are automatically eligible to participate in this program and do not need to apply.

How You Can Help

The Latest Coronavirus News


Masks Pose Challenges for Early Childhood Learning

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

From Flatland Kansas City: “It’s very difficult to give infants and toddlers the social-emotional connection that they need while wearing a mask. Health and safety is our priority, but so is the emotional attachment.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

children on slide

Will Kindergartens Be Empty This Fall?

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

From Education Week: “Most pre-K and kindergarten children have not been in structured environments before, so the things we take for granted when planning for older kids (and their families) we cannot take for granted with pre-K or children new to school.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

speaker behind podium

The Big Factor Holding Back The U.S. Economic Recovery: Child Care

Monday, July 6, 2020

From The Washington Post: “Nearly a third of the nation’s workforce has children at home, and they’re struggling. Researchers estimate nearly 10 percent of economic activity won’t happen as long as schools and day cares remain closed.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

speaker behind podium

The Coming Child Care Crisis

Thursday, July 2, 2020

From Axios: “Until schools properly reopen, there cannot be a return to business as usual.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.